NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines


The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.

What Happened

The DOB cemented earlier this month that workers will need a minimum of 30 hours of training and supervisors will need 62 hours of training by June 1, 2019, instead of the original deadline of Dec. 1, 2018.

Beyond that, workers must take an additional 10 hours of training by Sept. 1, 2020.

The Real Deal reported that the city determined that there is an “insufficient capacity among training providers to accommodate the city’s construction workers,” which was a concern when the legislation was initially passed last year.

The Rule

In May, the city clarified Local Law 196, which 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 are required to have 30 hours of training. (Supervisors were always mandated with the 62 hours.)

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.

Crain’s reported that the task force met only once, 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’s announcement also specified deadlines. While 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 determines that “there is insufficient training capacity,” which is what happened.

Likewise, the 40-hour requirement originally needed to be fulfilled, in theory, by May 1, 2019, but could be extended all the way to the Sept. 1, 2020, date.


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