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Abusing illicit drugs or alcohol can have devasting effects on a person's health — especially among those with addiction. Working under the influence is particularly dangerous in the construction industry because it increases the risk of Focus Four hazards and potentially fatal accidents involving heavy equipment.

About the 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness 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 two hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training

NYC Workers

Designed for:

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

Who Should Take 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness?

The 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness course is designed for New York City construction workers seeking an SST Worker or Supervisor 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 a list of affected workers and upcoming training deadlines, see our guide to Local Law 196.

Course Details

The 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness course explains how drugs affect the body and describes specific substance abuse risks related to the construction industry. You will learn about the consequences of drug abuse and actionable steps you can take to avoid working under the influence.

Benefits of 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness:

  • Train at your own pace
  • Provides 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Audio narration
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Unlimited attempts at quizzes and final exam

The course takes at least two hours to finish. Each module features a five-question quiz (80% passing score), and the course ends with a 20-question comprehensive final exam (70% passing score). The exam and quizzes are multiple choice, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass. You must complete the final exam in one sitting.

After completing the course, you will instantly receive a digital certificate of completion. To get your SST card, you must finish all your required training and submit your 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

Learning Objectives

The primary goal of this course is to explain the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, specifically as they relate to the construction industry in New York City. You will also learn the impact that substance abuse and addiction can have on your health, personal finances, family and relationships.

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • Name problems associated with substance abuse and addiction
  • Recognize, avoid and prevent adverse consequences of substance use and abuse
  • State how you can avoid working under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs
  • List issues of chemical dependency that may adversely affect the lives of those you know and love

You can find an outline of all course modules below.

Course Outline

The course is divided into four modules related to drug and alcohol safety. Each module ends with a brief quiz, and you must complete a final exam to satisfy your required SST training hours.


The introduction provides a brief overview of the course, including key learning objectives and facts on Site Safety Training.

Module 1: Introduction to Drugs and Alcohol

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Alcohol use and its effects on the body
  • Adverse synergistic use of drugs and alcohol

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the illicit use of drugs and the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • State relevant information concerning alcohol use and its effects on the body
  • List the effects of synergistic alcohol and drug use
  • Name common drug interactions

Module 2: Substance Abuse and the Science of Addiction

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • The effects of drug abuse
  • The effects of alcohol abuse

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe how drug and alcohol dependencies are diseases and disorders that anyone can develop
  • Relate the effects of dopamine to the development of substance use disorders
  • State the impact of long-term drug and alcohol abuse on a person's well-being

Module 3: The Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on Construction Sites and Lives

This module covers drug and alcohol use in the construction industry.

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain how drug use and impairment in the workplace increases injury risk through altered capacity and acuity
  • Describe the effects of drug and alcohol use on learning, judgment, decision-making, stress, memory and behavior
  • State how illicit drug and alcohol use can impact personal finances, incarceration, health, family and relationships

Module 4: Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Control in the Workplace

This module covers intervention techniques to employ during a possible drug or alcohol crisis.

Learning objectives include:

  • List substance use disorder treatments and coping methods
  • Describe various options and techniques for approaching an employee, family member or friend who is showing signs of substance abuse
  • Understand how to access appropriate government and city resources that assist people with substance abuse and addiction