By Adam Batista
Effective October 14, 2019, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) requires general contractors to post signs on worker safety at sites that require site safety training. To assist with this effort, DOB has created sign templates, available online, that comply with this requirement in multiple languages.
Safety Sign Requirements
The worker safety information signs must include information about required safety training for workers, including safety training deadlines and number of required training hours. Per Local Law 196 of 2017, for job sites with a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager, workers must have 30 hours of safety training by December 1, 2019, and 40 hours of training by September 2020. The legislation requires supervisors to complete 62 hours of training by December 1, 2019.
The signs, which must be posted in all the languages used by workers at the construction site, must be clearly visible and posted in the following locations:
- Sites with construction fencing. Signs must be posted at each egress point inside the fencing, including fence gates for vehicle deliveries and loading docks.
- Sites without construction fencing. Signs must be posted at each egress point inside the controlled access zone of the construction site, as well as at each loading dock , delivery area, and other points of access.
In addition, posted signs must meet the following physical requirements:
- 44 inches wide and 30 inches high
- White letters, at least one inch high, against a blue background
- Durable, weatherproof material that is flame retardant, such as vinyl, plastic, or aluminum
To confirm whether your site requires safety training, enter the site address on DOB’s Site Safety Construction Map.
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