What you need for NYC Local Law 196 2019-2020

09 August 2019

The DOB is constantly updating important dates and requirements. Here’s what you need to know for NYC Local Law 196 for 2019 and 2020.

Local Law 196

NYC Local Law 196 is a new construction worker training requirement. The law will affect everyone from  workers to safety managers. If you’re undergoing construction in NYC now or in the future, this will impact your buildings.

Local Law 196, which was recently updated by the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB), aims to keep construction workers safe. The law focuses on safety training, requiring all construction workers to undergo and prove OSHA and other department-approved training.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. What is Local Law 196?
  2. Whom Does Local Law 196 Apply To?
  3. Key Dates
  4. How to Avoid Fines
  5. What Training is Required?
  6. How Can I Speed Up Training?

What is Local Law 196?

Local Law 196 requires all construction workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager to complete 30 hours of site safety training by December 1, 2019, and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the December 1, 2019 deadline. 

NYC Local Law 196 requirements apply to all job sites with site safety plans.

Permit holders at a site must attest that onsite construction workers have all been trained to meet Local Law 196 DOB requirements. Any violations can lead to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per untrained worker to the permit holder, the site owner, and the worker’s employer. A permit holder must also keep a record showing properly trained onsite workers. The penalty for not keeping a log is a civil penalty of $2,500. 

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Whom does the Local Law 196 apply to?

The law applies to all construction workers, including superintendents, site safety coordinators and site safety managers undergoing construction in NYC now or in the future.

Still unsure? Visit the Site Safety Construction Map and enter your job site address to see if your job site requires safety training.

This applies to:

  • All construction workers
  • Demolition projects of nine stories or below that require Construction Superintendents
  • Construction or demolition projects 10 to 14 stories high that require Site Safety Coordinators
  • Construction or demolition sites 15 stories high or above and 100,000 square feet or over that require site safety managers

This will not apply to:

  • Delivery people 
  • Flag workers 
  • Professional engineers 
  • Registered architects 
  • Department-licensees 
  • Department registrants (excluding safety professionals)
  • On-site workers where only minor alterations are being made or companies building 1- 2- or 3-family homes

Local Law 196

Key Dates:

Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar and complete each requirement  to avoid fines and stay compliant:

Date

What you need to do by this date

December 1, 2019

Workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager must receive 30 hours of site safety training 


Supervisors will need 62 hours of training 

September 1, 2020

Workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager who have received 30 hours of site safety must receive an additional 10 hours of training

How to avoid fines:

To avoid fines, permit holders at a site must prove that onsite construction workers are trained to meet Local Law 196 DOB requirements.

Additionally, permit holder will need to keep a log showing all on-site workers are sufficiently trained. The penalty for not keeping a log is a civil penalty of $2,500.  

Any violations can lead to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per untrained worker to the permit holder, the site owner, and the worker’s employer.

What Training is Required?

Training that will fulfill the NYC Local Law 196 are listed on this service notice from the DOB.

You can visit the Department’s site safety training page for the complete curriculum.

How Can I Speed Up Training?

With these dates right around the corner, it’s important to train your crew and supervisors as efficiently as possible.

Start the process now and get ready for Local Law 196 by:

  1. Identifying who on your team will need training
  2. Scheduling when and how training will be complete
  3. Knowing how you will record your training
  4. Who will be responsible for a daily log of safety training
  5. How you will manage and store paperwork

It’s also necessary to identify who will be responsible for all of this safety training management. With substantial fines from the DOB, it’s important to assign this responsibility to a reliable party in an organized and easy to access way. 

Safety Training can be 3X faster outside the classroom

GoContractor is a simple online platform that makes the safety training process three times faster, so you can put those hours back in your day. With GoContractor, all your important safety documents are in one place, easy to access when the DOB comes knocking. 

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To save time on upcoming safety training and eliminate paperwork, check out our free trial. You’ll see how easy and quick it is to get your crew out of the classroom and back to work. 

How does GoContractor Work?

After registering your company, you simply upload your training courses to GoContractor and your crew can then complete their training on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, at their own pace, on their own time. Watch our customer success manager, Rohan, explain how it all works

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Ashima Bhutani
Ashima Bhutani

Ashima Bhutani is a Digital Marketing Manager at GoContractor. She is passionate about digital transformation in traditional industries, and is an expert in SEO and analytics.

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