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Training workers on the proper use of hand and power tools is critically important to safety on construction jobsites. The 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power course explains the hazards and controls associated with a variety of common hand tools and hand-held power tools. This DOB-approved SST General Elective provides one credit hour you can apply toward a full SST card under NYC Local Law 196.

About the 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power Course

SST Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

Site Safety Training (SST) requirements of NYC Local Law 196

Accessibility Features

Accessibility Features:

Free audio narration and Live Chat support


Approved by:

New York City Department of Buildings (DOB)

Online Course


100% online course

Instant Cert


Instant digital certificate for 1 Special Elective hour of Site Safety Training

NYC Workers

Designed for:

NYC construction and demolition workers who need an SST Worker card or SST Supervisor card

Who Should Take 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power?

SST 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power is designed for New York City construction and demolition workers seeking an SST Worker or Supervisor card.

Workers with a 10-hour OSHA Construction card can take this course to earn one of four General Elective training hours required for a full SST Worker card. For supervisors with a 30-hour OSHA Construction card, the course provides one of two hours of General Elective training required for a full Supervisor SST card.

NYC Construction workers who require this training may include:

  • Construction and demolition workers
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Site Safety Coordinators
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Competent Persons
  • Journeypersons and forepersons
  • Other workers at jobsites that require a Site Safety Plan

For more information on SST requirements, including who they apply to and important training deadlines, see our guide to Local Law 196.

Course Details

The 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power course is a DOB-approved SST General Elective that explains the safe use of a variety of tools commonly used in construction.

To pass the course, you must complete a five-question quiz after each module and a 20-question comprehensive final exam. The exam and all quizzes are multiple choice, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass. You must complete the final exam in one sitting.

You are required to score at least 80% on each quiz and at least 70% on the final exam to receive your SST credit hour. Once you pass each course module quiz and the final exam, you can instantly download a digital Certificate of Completion.

The course takes at least one hour to finish. You must complete your training within 180 days of purchase. To get your SST card, you need to finish all your required training and provide the course certificates to OSHA Education Center or another DOB-approved Site Safety Training provider.

» Learn more about DOB course requirements for SST cards

NYC Site Safety Training courses give you the opportunity to earn IACET CEUs through our parent company Certus. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Certus offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

» See our IACET accreditation

Benefits of 1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power

This 100% online SST Special Elective course is approved by the New York City Department of Buildings. Upon completion of the 1-Hour Tools course, you'll receive one hour of Site Safety Training Special Elective credit that you can apply toward your full SST card.

Other course benefits include:

  • Train at your own pace
  • Provides 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Audio narration
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Unlimited attempts at quizzes and final exam

Once you successfully pass the course, you can instantly download your Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives

1-Hour Tools — Hand and Power is an awareness-level course that explains how to safely use a variety of construction tools. You'll learn how to prevent injuries by properly selecting, using and maintaining tools. You'll also learn which tools require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe hazards and controls associated with hand and power tool use
  • Understand how knowledge of hazards prevents the misuse of tools and related injuries
  • Select appropriate tethering devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep workers and pedestrians safe

You can find an outline of all course modules below.

Course Outline

The course is divided into four modules on hand-held and power tools. Each module ends with a review and brief quiz, and you must complete a final exam to earn your SST credit hour.


  • Course Overview and Learning Objectives
  • Navigating the Course

Module 1: Hand Tool Basics and Training

  • Types of Hand Tools and Hand-Held Power Tools
  • Importance of Worker Training
  • Module 1 Quiz

Module 2: Hand Tool and Hand-Held Power Tool Rules

  • General Tool Rules
  • Power Tool Rules
  • Module 2 Quiz

Module 3: Tool Safety Tips

  • Safety Tips for Specific Types of Tools
  • Silica Exposure
  • Module 3 Quiz

Module 4: Safety Precautions, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Resources

  • Injuries from Falling Tools
  • Tethering Devices for Working Overhead of Others
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Safe Tool Use
  • Resources for Tool Safety Management
  • Module 4 Quiz

The course ends with an exam that assesses the student's comprehension and understanding of all course and module objectives.