Background, Requirements, & Reports


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.

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.

Card Issuance

Upon course completion, course providers must issue a wallet-sized SST Card, which may include a Temporary SST Card, Limited SST Card, SST Card, or Supervisor SST Card, as applicable. SST cards must include, at a minimum, the following information and security features:

  • Document security features designed to deter forgery and counterfeiting, promote an adequate level of confidence in the authenticity of cards, and facilitate detection of fraudulent cards. These cards must not be capable of being reproduced using technologies that are commonly used and made available to the general public.

  • Unique identification card number. This cannot be an individual's Social Security Number.

  • Photographs of the person to whom it was issued (may be in black and white or in color).

  • The printed name and signature of the card holder.

  • Date of course completion.

  • Expiration date.

  • Name and address of provider of issuance.

  • A summary description of the type of training and number of credit hours completed.

  • Any additional information the Department may require.

For additional SST Card guidelines, please see the Department’s SST Card Implementation Guidelines.

Important Dates to Remember


  • December 1, 2019 – Workers will need a minimum of 30 hours of training.
  • September 1, 2020 – Workers will need 40 hours of training.


  • December 1, 2019 – Supervisors will need 62 hours of training.

For questions about the training requirements or to get additional information, please contact DOB at For additional site safety training information, visit

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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