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NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Last Wednesday (May 8), New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—known as OSHA 10 and OSHA 30.

The change also grants the Department of Buildings with the option to extend training a third time, so long as the agency announces its decision by Sept. 1.

Local Law 196

In May 2018, Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a clarification of Local Law 196, which was signed in October 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. At the time, the law dictated that by March 2018, construction workers were required to have at least 10 hours of safety training and by December 2018, were required to have 30 hours of training. (Supervisors were always mandated with 62 hours of safety training.)

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Last Wednesday (May 8), New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—known as OSHA 10 and OSHA 30.

However, when the law was signed, de Blasio left the hours subject to change, as well as the curriculum, and a task force was set up to iron out the details.

Crain’s reported that the task force met only one time, in February, before making its recommendations for the now-approved 40-hour requirement, which applies to workers at sites for which the DOB requires construction superintendents, site-safety coordinators or site-safety managers.

Chandler also announced a specified deadline. While at the time the March deadline for 10 hours held, officials set provisions that the December deadline for the 30 (or 62) hours could extend to June 1, 2019, if the DOB determined that “there is insufficient training capacity.”

Likewise, the 40-hour requirement, which originally needed to be fulfilled by May 1, 2019, could also be extended all the way to Sept. 1, 2020.

In November, the DOB cemented the extension that workers had until June 1, 2019, to complete a minimum of 30 hours of training and 62 hours for supervisors.

Beyond that, workers would have to complete an additional 10 hours of training by Sept. 1, 2020.

By April of this year, City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., chair of the city’s Committee on Housing & Buildings, called for an acceleration of Local Law 196’s implementation.

What’s Happening Now

City Council has agreed to extend the already-prolonged deadline for on-site construction workers and supervisors to complete increased safety training requirements.

Workers will now have an additional six months to fulfill the 30-hour requirements, meaning the new deadline is Dec. 1, 2019.

The deadline to complete the full 40-hour requirement is still Sept. 1, 2020.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Laws and litigation; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Projects - Commercial; Safety; Worker training; Workers

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