New Year, New Safety Requirements for NYC Construction Workers

It’s a new year and that means new safety requirements for construction workers in New York City. As you may know, Local Law 196 required construction workers to have their 30 hours of OSHA training completed by December 1, 2019. What you may not know – but should – is that there in another training deadline this year:  Construction workers in New York City must complete an additional 10 hours of training for a total of 40 hours by September 1. Here is what you need to know ahead of the deadline:

What are the Requirements?

In order to successfully complete the 10-Hours of additional training required by OSHA, workers must take an 8- hour fall-prevention course and a 2-hour drug and alcohol awareness course. While you feel you may already be familiar with these topics, it is important to pay attention in the classes, you never know when you will need to know these things when you are on the job. It is crucial to always stay on top of new safety requirements, so you are prepared any time a situation arises.

Are the Courses Expensive?

Courses can be an additional expense that causes stress for a lot of people. It is important to understand that you budget for this now, with the expectation that you will need to lay out the money in the next few months. If you cannot afford the cost of the courses, talk to your supervisor. Your company may be able to assist with expenses or help you find a payment plan. have a plan to help pay for the training courses. Realize that getting trained is not just helping you, it is helping your employer as well.

When Do I Take the Courses?

Check out OSHA’s website for information on courses and schedules. It is best to start looking now to give you the peace of mind when the deadline comes.  Classes tend to fill up quickly so be sure to sign up now.  You can find more information about courses here.

How Can I Balance the Courses with Work?

If you are worried about not having enough time to take the classes with your busy schedule, talk to your supervisor now. Your supervisor knows it is mandatory for you to finish these courses as you can’t work on a construction site without being certified. Your company may be able to help you work out a training schedule.

What Do I Need for the Courses?

It is a good idea to have a basic understanding of the material before you begin classes. There are resources available online where you can find study guides and practice quizzes.

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