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How to Prepare for the Local Law 196 March 1 Deadline

Published on: January 29, 2021

It’s been on the proverbial radar of construction firms since August, but if your company hasn’t yet met the site safety training requirements set by Local Law 196 of 2017, there is still time to get your team trained. That time is quickly running out, however.

Per Local Law 196 of 2017, all contractors and subcontractors must complete a total 40 hours of safety training by March 1, 2021. Failure to comply results in penalties for the company, the general contractor/construction manager, and the project owner. Under Local Law 196, all construction workers on major job sites need to have completed the following by March 1:

  • 30 hours of OSHA training
  • 8 hours of fall protection
  • 2 hours of drug & alcohol training

Here’s how to ensure your company meets the deadline.

First, determine if your sites have SST requirements. Workers, employers, and owners can use DOB’s interactive Site Safety Construction Map to locate active SST construction sites and find out if a site requires site safety training.

If any of your sites have SST requirements, team members on those sites must complete the mandatory OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour classes with a DOB-approved SST training provider. OSHA provides resources for locating classroom and online trainers and can even help your company provide training in Spanish. Click here for more. (https://www.osha.gov/training/outreach/find-a-trainer)

Course seekers can also search DOB’s Approved Course Provider Map which gives the option to filter through course providers by location, the availability of online training, language, and type of training. Once search criteria are selected and results given, contact information for each trainer is available from a dropdown menu next to the company name.

Additional Information
Please visit NYC DOB’s website for more Local Law 196 information and read the original Service Notice regarding the deadline extension. For questions about the training requirements or to get additional information, please contact DOB at LocalLaw196@buildings.nyc.gov.