LOCAL LAW 196
Local Law 196 Training Requirements
Under Local Law 196, New York City now requires all workers within specified jobsites to meet new OSHA training requirements. To stay on the job, all affected construction and demolition workers must complete 40 hours of Site Safety Training (SST) and earn an SST Worker card by March 1, 2021.
Who Is Affected by Local Law 196?
If a worksite requires a Site Safety Plan, then its construction and demolition workers must meet Local Law 196 training requirements. You will need to earn an SST card if your jobsite has a designated Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.
You can check the DOB’s Site Safety Construction map to see if your jobsite requires an SST card. If the address of your jobsite is listed on the map, an SST card is required to enter the site.
While the majority of workers will need an SST card, flag persons, general contractors and other positions do not need Site Safety Training. For a full list of workers who are exempt from SST, visit the DOB’s FAQ page for Site Safety Training.
What Are the New Site Safety Training Requirements?
To give workers enough time to meet the updated training standards, the DOB divided the training requirements into several stages. Each stage has a deadline, and workers must complete a certain number of training hours by that date to stay on the job.
By March 1, 2018, all workers must have completed at least 10 hours of OSHA training. This means workers must complete a 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA course by that date. A 100-hour, NYC DOB-approved program will also satisfy this requirement.
By December 1, 2019, all workers must have 30 hours of training to earn a 30-hour OSHA card or a Limited Site Safety Training (SST) card. To obtain these, workers must complete a 30-hour OSHA construction course. The DOB considers OSHA 30 cards in construction as equivalent to Limited SST cards.
Also by this date, supervisors will need 62 hours of training to earn an SST Supervisor card. This includes OSHA 30-Hour Training and an additional 32 hours of Site Safety Training.
By March 1, 2021, all workers must have an SST Worker card. To obtain this card, which is valid for five years, workers must have a total of 40 hours of training.
What if I’ve Already Taken a 10- or 30-Hour OSHA Course?
If you completed a 10- or 30-hour OSHA Outreach course from an OSHA-authorized trainer, you can apply those training hours toward your Site Safety Training requirements.
To earn SST credit, you will need to submit your course certificate to a DOB-approved SST card provider, such as OSHA Education Center. The DOB will not accept training certificates for courses you took more than five years ago.
What if I’m Currently Taking a Course?
If you are currently taking a course, it will qualify if it meets the NY DOB’s new requirements. If it does not, you will have to restart with a course that does.
You will need to take Site Safety Training courses from a DOB-approved SST course provider. In addition, the DOB requires online 10- and 30-hour OSHA courses to be actively proctored.
Site Safety Training (SST) Courses
SST Prescribed Courses
- 2-Hour Site Safety Plan (SSP)
- 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- 2-Hour Pre-Task Meeting
- 2-Hour Tool Box Talks
- 4-Hour Fall Prevention
- 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User and Refresher
- 8-Hour Fall Prevention
- 8-Hour Site Safety Manager Refresher / Chapter 33
SST General Electives
- 1-Hour Electrocution Prevention
- 1-Hour Fire Protection and Prevention
- 1-Hour First Aid and CPR
- 1-Hour Handling Heavy Materials and Proper Lifting Techniques
- 1-Hour Hoisting and Rigging
- 1-Hour Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal
- 1-Hour Protection from Sun Exposure
- 1-Hour Repetitive Motion Injuries
- 1-Hour Stairways and Ladders
- 1-Hour Tools Hand and Power
SST Specialized Electives
- 1-Hour Asbestos/Lead Awareness
- 1-Hour Confined Space Entry
- 1-Hour Concrete and Masonry Construction
- 1-Hour Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators and Conveyors
- 1-Hour Demolition Safety
- 1-Hour Ergonomics
- 1-Hour Excavations
- 1-Hour Flag Person
- 1-Hour Job Hazard Analysis
- 1-Hour Personnel Lifts: Aerial Lifts, Scissor Lifts and Mobile Scaffolds
- 1-Hour Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment and Marine Operations; Rollover Protective Structures and Overhead Protection; and Signs, Signals and Barricades
- 1-Hour Risk Assessment and Accident Investigation
- 1-Hour Scaffolds-Suspended
- 1-Hour Steel Erection
- 1-Hour Welding and Cutting
- 1-Hour Health and Safety Programs in Construction
- 2.50-Hour Foundations of Safety Leadership