How to Understand Local Law 196 in New York City and Get the NYC SST Training You Need
To prepare workers to stay safe on the job and ensure employers provide the necessary training, New York City instituted Local Law 196 in 2017. This addition to the city’s administrative and building codes requires that construction workers and supervisors at specified sites meet a higher standard of safety training to be eligible for employment. Here, ClickSafety takes a closer look at Local Law 196 and what workers and employers must know about earning their SST (Site Safety Training) Card.
What Does Local Law 196 Require?
Local Law 196 requires that all construction workers employed at job sites with a site safety coordinator, construction superintendent, or site safety manager receive at least 40 hours of safety training. Training covers a wide range of topics, including the following:
Supervisors on these sites must complete 62 hours of safety training. Completion of a 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA Outreach course satisfies part of this requirement for supervisors and workers.
Who Needs an NYC SST Card?
Local Law 196 applies to any construction worker or supervisor working at a site that meets the criteria noted above, including subcontractors. To determine if your site falls within the applicable area, check the Site Safety Construction Map.
In addition to general construction workers, all of the following must receive an NYC SST Card:
Site safety coordinators and managers
Concrete safety managers
Those employed by Department of Buildings licensees or registrants
Site owners, engineers, architects, project managers, developers, flag persons, delivery workers, and others not directly engaged in construction work do not require an SST Card. Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) licensed home improvement contractors and workers completing minor alterations or constructing new one-, two-, or three-family homes are also not required to obtain NYC SST Cards.
Construction workers must complete a 10-hour OSHA course before beginning work and obtain the 40 hours of training needed for an SST Card within six months. Employers must confirm training and maintain proper records. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $5,000 per worker levied against the employer, site owner, and permit holder.
How Can You Get an NYC SST Card and Stay Compliant with Local Law 196?
Getting the training you need is simple with ClickSafety. As an NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) approved provider of online Site Safety Training courses, we offer the following options:
Additionally, our Safety Packs make it easy for construction workers and employers to access required training in a convenient bundle of courses at a discounted rate. Finalize training with the 40-Hour Complete Worker Safety Pack or the 62-Hour Complete Supervisor Safety Pack, or choose one of the following:
Not sure which courses are required? Call 800-971-1080 to speak with a representative.
Learn More about Site Safety Training for NYC
Staying compliant with Local Law 196 ensures that workers and supervisors are prepared to maintain safer work sites for all. To learn more about NYC SST Cards and online safety courses for construction workers in New York, contact ClickSafety today. With more than 20 years of experience, we’ve served thousands of organizations across industries with online safety training and compliance solutions you can trust.