NYC Enacts New Worker Safety Training Requirements for Construction Sector
By March 1, 2018, permit holders will be required to ensure that all construction and demolition workers and subcontractors employed or engaged at a permitted site have completed an OSHA 10-hour training course, an OSHA 30-hour training course, or a 100-hour program of OSHA training.
Classroom or online safety training can be used to fulfill the requirements of the new legislation. For online training, the bill lays out specific requirements that training providers must meet.
Training will be verified using a “card” system similar to OSHA’s “10-Hour Card” system. SST cards will be issued to workers who complete OSHA 10-hour, 30-hour, or 100-hour programs. For 10-hour and 30-hour training, workers will be required to complete additional “SST credits” to earn the card.
Site Safety Training (SST) Cards
The legislation creates some variants of the SST card:
- A Temporary SST card can be issued to a new entrant to the construction or demolition workforce who completes an OSHA 10-hour training course, and expires after 6 months.
- An SST Supervisor Card can be issued to SST card holders who complete an OSHA 30-hour training course.
- In addition, a Limited SST Card may be issued before the final compliance date in the legislation.
Permit holders at construction and demolition sites in NYC are responsible for ensuring that each construction or demolition worker they employ—or who otherwise works at the site—meets the new safety training requirements.
Safety Training Requirements for Permit Holders
In addition, permit holders must maintain a daily site log that includes for each worker:
- A copy of the SST card, SST supervisor card, limited SST card, temporary SST card; or
- Proof of compliance with Section 3321.1
Civil Penalties for NYC Safety Training ViolationsThe bill lays out civil penalties for violations of the new safety training requirements, as follows:
- A maximum $25,000 penalty for immediately hazardous violations, and $1,000 for each day the violation is not corrected
- A maximum $10,000 for major violations, and $250 for each day the violation is not corrected
- A maximum $500 for lesser violations
Establishing a Site Safety Training Task ForceLastly, the legislation will create a Site Safety Training Task Force of 14 members to meet periodically and provide recommendations relating to safety training required by the NYC building code.
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