Local Law 196 and Safety Training Courses

As of March 1st, 2018, all demolition and construction workers working in New York are required by law to complete an OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour based on job status to be eligible to work on NYC jobsites. This new emphasis on safety related training is meant to make the construction workplace a more secure place to work. Your friends at Safety Supplies Unlimited want to see all construction workers return home to their families, safely at the end of each day. Here’s how you can sign up for OSHA and construction safety training courses in your area. Do you live in New Jersey, but work in New York? Tired of commuting for OSHA training? SSU is offering classes in Bayonne, NJ now. In honor or International Worker’s Day on May 1st, TSC Training Academy in New Jersey will offer a 10% discount for all course listings. Available in both English and Spanish.

Shocking Construction Statistics

Stats reporting data from New York City alone are staggering. According to an annual report performed by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (or NYCOSH):

  • The fatality rate of the construction workforce climbed 38.9% from 2011 to 2015.
  • The New York City construction sector, which employs only 3% of the city’s workforce, had the highest occupational death rate: 34% of all workplace deaths across various industries.
  • The majority of sites where workers were fatally injured had violated OSHA safety standards: 80% in 2014 and over 90% in 2015.
  • In 2014, 68% of all construction sites investigated found OSHA safety violations.

As you can see, the need for change in the construction and demolition industries couldn’t come soon enough.

Local Law 196

On March 1st, 2018, all construction or demolition workers were required to have completed, at a minimum, a 10-Hour OSHA course on construction safety, and will be required to produce proof of completion upon request and included on the jobsite training log. By December 1, 2018, all workers will need to complete an additional 20-25 hours of additional training. We recommend opting in to the 30-hour course to complete both basic requirements. Supervisors, managers, and site safety coordinators are also required to complete the 30-hour OSHA course by December 1st. By May 1st, 2019, all workers must have a limited or 5-year Site Safety Training (SST) card.

SSU is partnering with TSCTA NJ to offer construction safety courses in the Bayonne, NJ area. Sign up for safety courses here! And remember, if you ever need equipment to help keep you or your workers safe, keep us in mind. Safety Supplies Unlimited has what you need.