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New 2018 Safety Training Requirements

New 2018 Safety Training Requirements

Pursuant to Local Law 196 of 2017, required training is as follows:

  • By March 1, 2018 – Workers must be able to prove they’ve taken at least a 10-hour OSHA class within the previous 5 years to continue working or a 30-hour OSHA class where applicable.
  • By December 1, 2018 – Another 20 hours of training will be required for workers, therefore it’s being recommended that workers obtain the 30-hour OSHA by the March 1st deadline.
  • By December 1, 2018 – Supervisors will need the 30 hour OSHA and a minimum of 30 additional training hours.
  • By May 1, 2019 – Workers must receive the OSHA 10-hour plus 30 to 45 additional training hours or the OSHA 30-hour plus 10-25 additional training hours as applicable or have taken the Department of Buildings (DOB) 100-hour training program.

Who Else Needs Training?

  • Supervisors (Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, Construction Superintendents, and competent persons) must receive a minimum of 60 hours of training.
  • New entrants to the construction workforce may begin working upon completion of an OSHA 10 training course and within 6 months must obtain a minimum of 40 hours of training to continue working.

In Person Training is Best, As There are Limitations with Online Training

Online training received before October 16, 2017, will be accepted. After the October 16 date, only in-person training and actively proctored online training will be accepted. Actively proctored online training consists of online training taken in a classroom with a proctor, or online training that at a minimum requires the individual receiving the training to:

  • Declare that they are the individual that received the training and the training was received without assistance.
  • Have their participation monitored at random times to ensure the individual receiving the training and is present for the entirety of the training.

What Happens if Training is Not Done?

Permit holders are required to attest to the DOB that workers are trained. A violation with a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per untrained worker will be issued to the owner of the site, the permit holder and the employer of the untrained worker. A violation with a civil penalty of $2,500 also will be issued if a permit holder fails to maintain a log that proves all of the workers at a site are trained.