For Immediate Release
November 1, 2019
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 393-2126
DOB: 30 DAYS UNTIL SAFETY TRAINING DEADLINE
New Safety Training Requirements: 30 Hours for Workers, 62 Hours for Supervisors
New York, NY – Today, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is reminding workers, contractors, developers, and property owners of the upcoming deadline for workers and supervisors on large construction sites to obtain site safety training as required under Local Law 196 of 2017. Starting December 1, 2019 – which is just thirty days away – workers at many construction sites will be required to have at least 30 hours of site-safety training, and supervisors must have at least 62 hours of training. The exact locations of the approximately 7,000 active construction sites where training is required can be seen on DOB's interactive map.
“Training is crucial for site safety and the 30-hour deadline is fast approaching. Construction employers need to make sure that their workers get training right away, if they have not done so already,” said Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca. “The Department has been working hard to get the word out, and we are continuing our outreach efforts, but ultimately employers will be held accountable if their worksites are not in compliance on December 1st.”
To meet the upcoming training requirements, workers and supervisors can obtain safety training from any DOB-approved course provider, which can be sorted by location using our interactive course provider map, or by taking OSHA-30 classes from an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certified training provider. In an effort to make this training more accessible, applications are also now open for the Construction Site Safety Reimbursement Program, a one-time grant through the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) for small construction firms, with 1-15 employees, to offset the cost of site safety training.
Local Law 196, when fully implemented in September 1, 2020, will require workers on major construction sites in New York City to have 40 hours of site safety training. Outreach and education efforts have included numerous information sessions for stakeholders in the construction industry, direct worker outreach at work sites by DOB construction inspectors, a food truck tour of construction sites citywide this summer, a detailed webpage dedicated to information on LL196 site safety training, a television broadcast PSA campaign, and direct mailings to all safety professionals and LL 196 permit holders.
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