New York City Construction Workers Must be Trained By March 1
Construction workers in New York City will need to complete Site Safety Training by March 1.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Feb 04, 2021
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has set a deadline of March 1 for New York City construction workers to obtain Site Safety Training (SST) cards, according to Real Estate Weekly.
The SST cards are given out to workers who complete a minimum of 40 hours of mandatory construction safety training. Per the current rules, workers on SST construction sites in New York City must already complete at least 30 hours of safety training. Those who have already done this have to complete an additional 10 hours by the March 1 deadline to meet 40 total hours.
“We are nearing the deadline and the goals we set to help protect the workers who build our city, regardless of status or affiliation by mandating a minimum number of site safety training hours,” said Jumaane D. Williams, New York City Public Advocate. These trainings provide tools and information to give some security to workers and their families that they will come home safe at the end of the day,” said Williams.
SST has been a requirement in New York City since the Local Law 196 was passed in 2017. The law “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.” Methods of training include online worker safety sessions and in-person informational sessions.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.