Construction Site Safety Training: Local Law 196

Construction Site Safety Training: Local Law 196

By Gregory Fortino

As a reminder, Local Law 196 of 2017 mandates 40 hours of site safety training (SST) for workers at job sites that require a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager. The training requirement increases to 62 hours for those individuals serving on a site as a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, Site Safety Manager, Concrete Manager, or competent person.

For both construction workers and supervisors, training must be provided by a course provider approved by the Department of Buildings (DOB) or an OSHA-authorized trainer.

DOB-Approved Course Providers

The DOB website includes an active list of DOB-approved course providers, which includes the names of specific Department-approved courses and languages of instruction.

In addition, the agency has published a DOB-approved Site Safety Training (SST) Course Equivalent document. This five-page document identifies approved classes that may count toward LL 196 SST requirements.

Temporary Site Safety Training Cards

Upon completion of an OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 course, new members of the construction and demolition workforce can obtain a Temporary Site Safety Training card from a DOB-approved course provider. These temporary cards are valid for six months, during which the holder must complete the remaining LL 196-required training.

Construction employees who do not have a valid OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 Construction Industry card must complete the required Site Safety Training with a DOB-approved course provider. Some individuals may qualify for a no-cost training program through the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

If you have questions or need assistance with site safety training requirements, contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.