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NOTICE: General contractors must post worker safety information signs at construction sites where site safety training is required.

The signs must:

  • contain specific information about required worker safety training, including all site safety training deadlines and the number of required training hours, and the information must

  • be in all the languages used by workers to communicate at the construction site. In addition, the signs must

  • be clearly visible to workers and must be posted at the construction site as follows:

    • Sites with construction fencing must post a sign at each egress point on the inside of the construction fencing, including vehicle delivery fence gates and existing loading docks.
    • Sites without construction fencing must post a sign at each egress point within the controlled access zone where construction is taking place and at each existing loading dock or location being used for construction delivery or access.

To comply with the new requirements, the posted sign must:

  • be 44 inches wide and 30 inches high;

  • have letters at least 1 inch (25 mm) high;

  • have white letters on a blue background; and

  • be made of a durable and weatherproof material such as vinyl, plastic, or aluminum that is flame retardant.

The Department has created a template of the worker safety information sign that complies with this new requirement in all the languages used by workers to communicate at the construction site:


As a requirement of Local Law 196 of 2017, workers at job sites requiring a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager must have a total of 40 hours.

To determine whether your job site requires the safety training, please visit the Site Safety Construction Map and enter your job site address.

Local Law 196 of 2017 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. When fully phased-in, Local Law 196 of 2017 will require:

  • Workers at certain job sites receive 40 hours of safety training; and

  • Supervisors at certain job sites receive 62 hours of safety training.

Please visit our Department-approved Course Provider page for list of approved course providers.

To find a Course Provider located near you, please visit our Course Training Locations Map


Who must be trained?

  • Workers at job sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.

  • Supervisors (Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, Construction Superintendents and competent persons) at these job sites must also be trained.


Who does not need training?

  • Delivery persons, flag persons, professional engineers, registered architects, Department-licensees and Department-registrants (excluding safety professionals) are not required to be trained.

  • If you fall into one of these categories but serve as a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, Concrete Safety Manager, Construction Superintendent or competent person designated by a Construction Superintendent, you must receive the appropriate training.

  • While licensees do not need to be trained, employees working under their direct and continuing supervision must be trained.


Required Training for Competent Persons

As a reminder, workers serving as Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers and competent persons at construction sites to which Local Law 196 is applicable must have a Supervisor SST Card.

Workers must only have a Supervisor SST Card if they are serving as the competent person required by Section 3301.13.12 of the New York City Building Code. Section 3301.13.12 of the New York City Building Code requires that a Construction Superintendent designate a competent person for each job site for which such Construction Superintendent is responsible and further requires that such competent person is present at the designated job site at all times active work occurs.


What happens if training isn't done?

  • Permit applicants will be required to certify to the Department that workers who will be working under the permit will have the requisite training.

  • If the Department discovers that workers at a construction site are untrained, the Department will issue a violation with civil penalties that go as high as $5,000 per untrained worker to the owner of the site, the permit holder and the employer of the untrained worker. These civil penalties can be mitigated if an employer sponsors training for such untrained worker.

  • If the Department discovers that a permit holder has failed to maintain a log that demonstrated that all of the workers at a site are trained, the Department will issue a violation with a civil penalty of $2,500.

  • The Department will also conduct unannounced inspections at sites where untrained workers have been discovered.

For questions about the training requirements or to get additional information, please contact DOB at LocalLaw196@buildings.nyc.gov. For additional site safety training information, visit http://nyc.gov/nycsafety.


Local Law 196 of 2017 Annual Reports

This annual report has been prepared pursuant to Local Law 196 of 2017, which was approved by the New York City Council on September 27, 2017 and signed by the Mayor on October 16, 2017.


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