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Because of Local Law 196 of 2017, New York City now requires construction and demolition workers at most major worksites in the five boroughs to have at least 30 hours of Site Safety Training (SST). Supervisors must have 62 hours of training and hold a Supervisor SST card.

Local Law 196 applies to all NYC jobsites with a Site Safety Plan. Most workers at these jobsites must carry an SST card to prove that they are up to date on SST requirements. Without valid proof, they cannot stay on the job and employers can face steep fines.

As of December 1, 2019, all workers affected by Local Law 196 must carry a Limited SST card or an OSHA 30 card. Starting March 1, 2021, they must hold a Full SST card, which requires 40 total hours of SST. Supervisors who already have a Supervisor SST card do not need additional training for March 2021.


How to Get a Site Safety Training (SST) Card

You can take several training paths to get an SST card. The courses you need to take will vary depending on your job title and past training experience. For example, SST course requirements differ for current workers and new entrants to NYC construction.

When you complete 40 hours of New York City Department of Buildings (DOB)-approved Site Safety Training, you can apply for your Full SST card. OSHA Education Center is Department-approved to issue SST cards and accepts training certificates from any DOB-approved course provider.

If you haven't completed 30 hours of SST for the December 2019 deadline, the easiest and most convenient way to meet Local Law 196 requirements is to earn your OSHA 30 Construction card online. Or you can earn a Limited SST card by taking a 100-hour apprenticeship program or by taking a classroom course to complete the rest of your required training.


Local Law 196 Training Deadlines

The NYC Department of Buildings set the full compliance deadline for Local Law 196 to March 1, 2021. By this date, workers will need 40 hours of Site Safety Training. In August 2020, the DOB extended its original full compliance deadline, which was formerly set for Sept. 1, 2020.

To give workers and supervisors enough time to meet Local Law 196 training requirements, the DOB set a series of deadlines for workers to complete their training hours. The first phase, which had a deadline of March 1, 2018, required workers to complete at least 10 hours of training. This could be satisfied with a 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA Outreach Construction course.

Phase 2 Deadline: December 1, 2019
(Limited SST or Supervisor SST)
Phase 3 Deadline: March 1, 2021
(Full SST)
Workers with an OSHA 10 card need:Workers with an OSHA 10 card need:
  • 40 total hours of training
  • An SST card
New workers starting after December 1 need:
Supervisors need:
  • 62 hours of training
  • A Supervisor SST card

According to the DOB, an OSHA 30 card from an OSHA-authorized training provider is acceptable proof that you have met Local Law 196 requirements for the December 1, 2019, training deadline.

Once you complete your required training hours for the March 1, 2021, deadline, you can apply for your SST card. OSHA Education Center is authorized by the DOB to issue Full SST Worker cards and can verify training certificates from any DOB-approved training provider.


Who Needs Site Safety Training?

The new training requirements of Local Law 196 apply to construction and demolition workers at most worksites in New York City.

You will be required to complete the additional training if you work at a location with a Site Safety Plan. That includes jobsites with a designated Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.

Check the DOB Site Safety Construction Map to find out if the new training requirements apply to you. Simply follow the link to the map and enter the address of your worksite. If the jobsite shows up on the map, you'll need SST.

Supervisors that need additional training include:

  • Concrete Safety Managers
  • Competent Persons
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Site Safety Coordinators

Workers and supervisors need Site Safety Training regardless of whether they are a general contractor or subcontractor. Some construction positions are exempt from the new SST requirements.

Need Site Safety TrainingExempt from Site Safety Training
Construction workersBuilding site owners
Demolition workersProject Managers
Concrete Safety Managers (CSM)Professional Engineers (PE)
Construction Superintendents (CS)Registered Architects (RA)
Competent PersonsDevelopers
Site Safety Managers (SSM)Delivery persons
Site Safety Coordinators (SSC)Construction Managers
JourneypersonsFlag Persons
ForepersonsGeneral Contractors
Employees of DOB licensees or registrantsDOB licensees and registrants that are not CS, SSC, SSM or CSM
Concrete testing laboratories/concrete inspectors
Filing representatives
Security officers
Special inspectors
Service technicians
Consultants
Workers at jobsites that only include minor alterations to or the new construction of 1-, 2- or 3-family homes

Note that any worker from the exempt list above must receive the appropriate training if he or she also serves as a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, Concrete Safety Manager, Construction Superintendent or a Competent Person designated by a Construction Superintendent.

Licensees don't need Site Safety Training, but employees working under their direct and continuing supervision do require additional training under Local Law 196.

If you are unsure whether the new training requirements apply to you, email the DOB for clarification. You can send your questions to LocalLaw196@buildings.nyc.gov.


How Do I Satisfy Full Site Safety Training Requirements?

Current workers with an OSHA 30 card or Limited SST card must obtain a Full SST Worker card by March 1, 2021. This requires an additional 10 hours of training.

New entrants to NYC construction, which includes workers entering the industry after December 1, 2019, need to take a 10-hour OSHA course before they start the job. Within six months of starting work, they must complete an additional 30 hours of training to qualify for a Full SST card.

Both lists of course requirements below provide the 40 hours of training needed for an SST Worker card. Option 1 is the most convenient training path for current workers, and option 2 is designed for new entrants.

Option 1: For Current Workers (OSHA 30 Cardholders)


How Do I Satisfy Limited Site Safety Training Requirements?

You can meet Limited Site Safety Training requirements in several ways. The options available to workers and supervisors are outlined below.

Workers

Construction and demolition workers with an OSHA 10 card need 30 hours of training by December 1, 2019. You can complete one of the training options below to earn an OSHA 30 card or Limited SST card. Both cards are acceptable proof that you received adequate training.

Option 1: OSHA 30-Hour Class

You can satisfy all required training hours for the Limited SST deadline by completing an OSHA Outreach 30-Hour Construction course. This training program, which you can complete 100% online, provides an official OSHA 30 card from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Option 2: OSHA 10-Hour Class and 20 Hours of Additional Training

OSHA 10 cardholders can earn a Limited SST card by completing 20 additional hours of DOB-approved training.

The training courses needed to earn your card include:

SST General Elective Options Include:

SST Special Elective Options Include:

Option 3: 100-Hour Training Program Approved by DOB

You can also meet Limited SST requirements with a program that includes at least 100 hours of training in technical subjects related to the construction trade, such as an apprenticeship program registered with the New York State Department of Labor.

To qualify, these programs must be approved by OSHA, the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor or the New York State Department of Education.

Supervisors

Supervisors at NYC construction sites must complete 62 hours of training and earn a Supervisor SST card by December 2019.

The training courses required for a Supervisor SST card include:

  • 2-Hour Pre-Task Safety Meetings
  • 2 hours of SST General Electives
  • 2 hours of SST Special Electives

SST General Elective Options Include:

SST Special Elective Options Include:

Training you received within the past five years can be applied toward your Site Safety Training requirements. If you completed a required course topic more than five years ago, you may take Prior Experience training to receive credit for that course. Prior Experience training includes 4-Hour Fall Prevention and 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User & Refresher.


Can I Receive SST Credits for Other Safety Training Courses I've Taken?

Yes. The DOB allows workers and supervisors to apply certain OSHA courses and safety training courses toward their SST requirements.

For example, the 8-Hour Rigging Worker Refresher course provides credit for the following SST courses:

  • 1-Hour Handling Heavy Materials & Proper Lifting Techniques (General Elective)
  • 1-Hour Hoisting & Rigging (General Elective)
  • 1-Hour Materials Handling, Storage, Use & Disposal (General Elective)
  • 1-Hour Cranes, Derricks, Hoists & Conveyors (Special Elective)
  • 1-Hour Flag Person (Special Elective)
  • 1-Hour Personnel Lifts/Aerial Lifts/Scissor Lifts Safety (Special Elective)

The DOB will only provide SST credit for approved courses that you completed in the past five years. For a full list of course equivalents, refer to the DOB-Approved Site Safety Training Course Equivalent PDF.

What Happens if I Miss an SST Deadline?

While the DOB does not issue citations to workers, your employer will not allow you to enter the jobsite without valid proof of your Site Safety Training.

That's because the DOB conducts random site inspections and issues costly penalties to site owners, permit holders and the employers of untrained workers. If untrained workers are found at a construction site, the DOB will issue civil penalties as high as $5,000 for each worker present.

Receiving the training you need before the Local Law 196 deadlines is the only way to ensure you can continue working without interruption.