Many construction workers in New York City will be required to meet increased safety training requirements. On May 9, 2018, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) announced that workers at certain jobsites will need to receive a minimum of 40 hours of safety training. Supervisors will be required to have a minimum of 62 hours of training. The requirements will take effect during the next 12 to 28 months.

Workers at jobsites that require a site safety plan or are required to designate a construction superintendent, site safety coordinator or site safety manager must undergo the required training hours. Supervisors, including site safety managers, site safety coordinators, concrete safety managers, construction superintendents and competent persons at these sites must also meet the required training hours.

Delivery people, flag people, professional engineers, registered architects, special inspectors and department licensees (excluding safety professionals) are exempt. Workers at jobsites that only involve minor alterations or workers who are involved in the construction of a new 1-, 2- or 3-famly home are also exempt.

The training could include either an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ten-hour class, an OSHA 30-hour class or a 100-hour training program approved by the DOB (such as training through an apprenticeship program), as well as additional training required by the department.

According to Local Law 196 of 2017, which was signed into law by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in October 2017, workers were required to receive a minimum of ten training hours by March 1, 2018. Workers will be required to receive 30 hours of training, while supervisors will be required to receive 62 hours, by December 1, 2018. The DOB can extend the deadline to June 1, 2019 if it determines that the city’s training capacity is insufficient. Supervisors will be required to have a site safety training supervisor card, indicating that they have been trained fully.

The 40-hour training requirement for construction workers will go into effect May 1, 2019, unless extended to September 1, 2020 by the DOB.

The training requirements will be enforced by mandating that permit application certify that workers under the permit will have the necessary training. The DOB can issue a violation up to $5,000 per untrained worker. The DOB will also conduct unannounced inspections at jobsites where untrained workers have been previously discovered.

“Most construction accidents are preventable, which is why increased safety training is so important. Every worker who leaves for the jobsite in the morning deserves to come home safely at night,” said Rick Chandler, NYC buildings commissioner in a statement. “I thank Mayor de Blasio, our partners in the City Council, and the members of the Site Safety Training Task Force for their work to improve safety for workers and the public.”