Outreach Campaign for Construction Worker Safety Training Announced Ahead of Deadline

The deadline for construction workers in New York City to complete certain safety training is rapidly approaching. On December 1, 2019, Local Law 196 goes into effect, meaning workers who require 30 hours of training specified by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration must have those training hours completed by that date.

On September 13, 2019, city officials announced the launch of an information campaign.  in all five boroughs, which includes direct DOB outreach to workers on construction sites, multilingual advertisements in 30 community newspapers, and 1,000 subway ads system-wide. In interactive map showing the more than 8,000 construction sites where training is required is available online at

Local Law 196, which was signed in 2017, was a response to an increase in the number of construction-related injuries and deaths in NYC in the last several years. The law requires certain workers to take a combination of training courses administered by OSHA —  OSHA 10 and OSHA 30, or a 100-hour program approved by NYC Department of Buildings. In addition, certain supervisors are required to complete additional training.

According to NYC DOB, Local Law 196 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager. Workers must receive 30 hours of site safety training by this year’s December 1 deadline. An additional 10 hours must be received by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the December 1, 2019 deadline, including a 30-hour OSHA course to attain a Supervisor SST card.

Recently, the New York City Department of Small Businesses also announced the availability of a one-time grant to cover a percentage of the training course. Small construction firms located in New York City with 1-15 employees, and certified M/WBEs in the construction industry with 1-15 employees are eligible to apply for the grant.

For complete information on LL 196 and training information and other links, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/safety/safety.page .