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DOB Releases Map for NYC Safety Trainees

Monday, July 29, 2019

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New York’s Department of Buildings released an interactive map last week showing the location of all the construction sites in New York City where workers and supervisors must have site safety training under 2017’s Local Law 196.

"Requiring rigorous safety training is a critical step forward in our mission to safeguard construction workers and the public,” said Buildings Commissioner Melanie La Rocca.

“This map gives greater clarity for everyone, especially construction workers, about the sites in our city that require additional safety training. Workers and their employers need to prioritize getting this potentially life-saving training right away.”

Some Background

Law 196 was signed in October 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. At the time, the law dictated that by March 2018, workers were required to have at least 10 hours of safety training and by December 2018, workers were required to have 30 hours of training. (Supervisors were always mandated with the 62 hours.)

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New York’s Department of Buildings released an interactive map last week showing the location of all the construction sites in New York City where workers and supervisors must have site safety training under 2017’s Local Law 196.

However, when the law was signed, Mayor Bill 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.

In May 2018, Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a clarification of Local Law 196, changing the number of total mandated safety training hours for workers to 40.

At least 30 hours of training is required by Dec. 1,  and 40 hours is required by Sept. 1, 2020.

The Map

This new map is one component of the Department’s broader efforts to raise awareness about the Local Law 196 training requirements and deadlines, to ensure that all construction workers and contractors are aware of the new rules, the DOB said.

Every site on the map—which is updated daily—has a link to information in the DOB’s online database.

“This is a great resource for contractors and their employees who may be confused about whether the project they’re working on may require Site Safety Training,” said Brian Sampson, Empire Chapter President of Associated Builders & Contractors.

"This will help provide a great deal of clarity in the workplace. We thank the Department of Buildings for putting it together.”

   

Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Government; Health and safety; Laws and litigation; NA; North America; Regulations; Safety

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