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New York OSHA Training

Workplace safety training benefits New York workers in any industry, from construction and manual labor to the medical field and theme parks.

Online OSHA Outreach training in construction or general industry provides an official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). New York City construction and demolition workers can also meet Local Law 196 training requirements completely online. Both training programs can open doors to exciting new job opportunities.

New York OSHA Training & NYC Site Safety Training

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10- and 30-Hour OSHA Outreach Courses

Online OSHA courses provide New Yorkers with fast and efficient workplace safety training. While classroom courses are offered throughout the state, online OSHA Outreach training guarantees high-quality, interactive education for every student, with downloadable lesson reviews, course trainer access and 24/7 live customer support.

You can complete these courses at your own pace whenever your schedule allows, stopping and resuming as often as you want.

What You Get

Meet Local Law 196 Training Requirements for New York City

When the New York City Council passed Local Law 196 of 2017, the number of required safety training hours increased for workers at most construction sites in New York City. The new training requirement applies to construction and demolition workers at any NYC worksite with a Site Safety Plan.

As of December 2019, these workers must have a Limited SST card, which requires 30 hours of NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)-approved training. And by the full compliance date of March 1, 2021, they must obtain an SST Worker card by completing 40 hours of DOB-approved training.

Those who haven't met Site Safety Training requirements for the December 1, 2019, deadline can complete a 30-hour OSHA Construction training course. The DOB accepts OSHA 30 cards as equivalent to Limited SST cards.

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Is Online OSHA Training Accepted in NYC?

Yes, the New York City Department of Buildings accepts online OSHA 10 and 30 training from OSHA-authorized course providers. To meet DOB training requirements, the course must be actively proctored.

All of OSHA Education Center's online Outreach training courses are actively proctored and DOB accepted.

For an online OSHA course to be actively proctored, it must:

  • Require students to confirm that they received the training and completed it without assistance
  • Monitor the students' participation at random times to ensure they are present for the entirety of the training

Our online Outreach training courses meet the above requirements and provide DOB-approved credit hours that you can apply toward your SST card under Local Law 196.

New York Labor Laws

The New York Department of Labor administers and maintains the New York State Plan for Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH), which covers state, county and town government officials, as well as employees with public authorities, school districts and paid and volunteer fire departments. PESH standards augment and supersede OSHA standards, but private employers and all other agencies must follow national OSHA standards.

PESH protects employees by:

  • Responding to occupational safety and health related deaths
  • Responding to accidents that send public employees to the hospital
  • Responding to complaints from public employees or their representatives
  • Inspecting public employer worksites
  • Giving technical assistance during statewide emergencies

A top initiative for the New York Department of Safety and Health is preventing workplace violence, which poses a serious safety and health concern. The Workplace Violence Prevention Rule went into effect in 2009 to mitigate the dangers. For more information on the regulations and ways to minimize the threat, see DOSH's Workplace Violence Prevention Information page.

There are enforcement and labor branches of PESH, and PESH has also created strategic work groups for high-hazard industries like fire service, county police departments and long-term health care.

New York Top OSHA Violations

In recent years, the leading cause of workplace fatalities in New York has been related to transportation and material moving. Though there can be many causes for this type of tragedy, backover, which occurs when a reversing vehicle hits a worker behind it, is common yet easily preventable.

Nationally, the most cited standard, which also receives the highest penalties, is for fall prevention in construction. Falls commonly cause serious work-related injuries and deaths, and OSHA has many guidelines to help prevent them.

Further Reading and Resources

OSHA Guidelines

OSHA's purpose is to provide safe conditions for workers. OSHA sets very broad and general regulations that most businesses must follow, as well as more detailed standards for specific industries, from construction to cosmetology and beyond.

Receiving OSHA training has benefits beyond meeting requirements and keeping employees safe. It leads to healthier employees with more ease of mind, which increases productivity. Boosting morale, it reduces turnover and the time and resources spent on recruiting and training replacements. It reduces productive workers' time away from the job due to injury and illness. This is all in addition to helping protect you from OSHA's retribution, as it can levy heavy fines for not following the standards presented in American Safety Council's OSHA courses.