1. What is the NYC SST Law?
It is the New York City Site Safety Training (SST) law, also referred to as Local Law 196, which became effective October 16, 2017. The law was written and adopted by the New York City Council and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is specifically targeted at workers who perform construction and demolition activities within all NYC borough jurisdictions. The law can be found here:
2. Why was the law enacted?
The law was enacted to further address the spike in injuries and fatalities in the NYC construction
industry. Many of the workers who were injured or killed ended up on their construction and demolition projects with little to no safety training. The law now establishes specific safety training curriculum requirements, including guidelines on how training is to be delivered, and by whom. One of the provisions of the law requires that online training taken after October 16, 2017 be “actively proctored” to help combat fraudulent activity, or in other words,to prevent another person from taking the course for the assignee.
3. Who enforces this new law?
The New York City Department of Buildings, NYCDOB, which already enforces NYC Chapter 33 Construction Codes, has been assigned overall enforcement of SST law requirements. However, OSHA still has the power to enforce all other applicable safety and health regulatory requirements. The NYCDOB has the power to levy large fines against any employer found in violation of SST training requirements. The first phase of training enforcement begins March 1, 2018. The NYCDOB has issued a helpful presentation on the new SST law, which can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/LL196_SafetyPres.pdf
4. Does RedVector’s OSHA 10 Training Course meet these new NY requirements?
Yes. It has been determined by the New York City Department of Buildings that the providers listed on the US DOL’s website offer online training acceptable for the purposes of the Local Law 196. RedVector is listed as a provider on this site and on this Service Notice. Students who took OSHA 10 Training from RedVector will NOT need to retake the course, as it meets the “actively proctored online training requirements” from the NYCDOB. Information on US DOL's provider list can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/training_providers.html
5. Does this law affect the OSHA 10 General Industry course?
No. It only affects Construction.