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What You Need to Know About the New Site Safety Training Guidelines

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) recently published its additional course requirements (PDF) for required training curriculums for workers and supervisors in the construction industry in New York City.

The update includes a list of course topics that could satisfy these training requirements, which are detailed on the DOB’s website. These new training requirements were put in place by Local Law 196, which amended the city’s administrative code to read:

§ 22-509 Construction site safety training courses. The department, or an agency or office designated by the mayor, shall by March 1, 2018 develop a program to provide equal access to construction site safety training required by section 3321 of the New York city building code. Such program shall address the needs of individuals who do not have equal access to such training.

These training requirements will slowly take effect over the next 28 months, and will eventually require supervisors to complete 62 hours of training, and workers to complete 40 hours of training. These requirements will come in stages, with the first deadline set back in March of this year when workers needed to complete at least 10 hours of training. The next deadline is in December of this year, and will require workers to complete at least 30 hours of training, while supervisors need to complete their full requirement by that time. Workers have until June of 2019 to complete their full requirements. The DOB may offer extensions on a case-by-case basis per its discretion.

Supervisors must complete their entire training by December, which includes:

  • 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User
  • 8-Hour Site Safety Manager Refresher Training
  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention Training
  • 30-Hour OSHA Health & Safety program

Workers have a few options to meet their December training requirements:

  • Complete a DOB-approved apprenticeship program (100-hour training course)
  • Complete a 30-hour OSHA Construction Health & Safety program
  • Complete a 10-Hour OSHA Construction Health & Safety program and 20 additional credits, which can include a 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User Training, an 8-Hour Site Safety Manager Refresher Training, and an 8-Hour Fall Protection Training

The DOB will be holding a number of information sessions on the training requirements outlined in Local Law 196 this summer, the times and locations of which can be found on the pdf linked in the first paragraph of this post.

The Perecman Firm is committed to providing injured workers with the knowledgeable and experienced legal representation they require in their time of need. If you were seriously injured on the job, call us at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your situation over the phone with one of our NYC construction accident lawyers today, or send us your information through our online form to start out with a free case evaluation. We understand just how difficult the situation you’re facing can be, and will fight to secure you the compensation you deserve.

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