Site Safety Training (SST) Card FAQs 

New York City SST Card Design

The answers to all of your site safety training questions and queries about Local Law 196 in New York City.

What is an SST card?

The SST card is a safety training card built to provide information about construction workers training backgrounds in New York City. The card itself is designed to show off specific training required to work in compliance with New York City’s Local Law 196.

Who needs an SST card?

All New York City construction and demolition workers in New York City need to obtain a valid SST card, issued by a DOB-approved course provider. Construction supervisors are also required to carry an SST card, and will require more training hours than workers.

UPDATE: As of March 1st, 2021 all New York City Construction and Demolition workers on job sites with Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager will need an SST Card. All cards issued after January 1st, 2022 will require the final DOB-approved card design.

When do I need an SST Card renewal?

SST card expiry dates differ based off which card you have, typically it is a 5-year lifespan. 

Temporary SST Card:

  • Expires six months after issued date. After this time a worker must obtain a Limited SST card or Full worker SST card

Limited SST Card:

  • Expires on August 31st, 2020. After this time a worker must obtain a Full worker SST card.

Full Worker SST Card:

  • Expires 5 years after issued date. A worker must then renew their SST card by completing an additional 8 hours of safety training.
    • Renewal of training: 4-Hour Fall Prevention + 4-Hour Supported Scaffold Training

Supervisor SST Card:

    • Expires 5 years after issued date. A supervisor must then renew their SST card by completing an additional 16 hours of safety training.
      • Renewal of training: 8-Hour Fall Prevention + 4-Hour Supported Scaffold Training + 2-Hour Toolbox Talks + 2-Hour Pre-Task Safety Meeting.

I have an OSHA-30 card, will that be accepted by DOB inspectors, or do I need a Limited SST card?

For the purposes of the December 1, 2019 training deadline, an OSHA-30 card or a Limited Site Safety Training Card will serve as acceptable proof that a worker has received the training required by Local Law 196.

UPDATE: As of March 1st, 2021 all New York City Construction and Demolition workers on job sites with Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager will need an SST Card. All cards issued after January 1st, 2022 will require the final DOB-approved card design.

What if I don’t have a Site Safety Training Card or the required training, do I get a violation?

DOB will not be issuing violations to workers. Permit holders are responsible for ensuring that workers at their sites are trained. If the Department discovers that workers at a construction site are untrained, the Department will issue a violation with civil penalties that go as high as $5,000 per untrained worker to the owner of the site, the permit holder and the employer of the untrained worker.

I’m a small business owner. How do I sign up for free training for my workers?

If you own a small construction business, you may be eligible for free training provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). For more information, visit: http://on.nyc.gov/sitesafetytraining. You can also contact SBS by calling 311.

What are the training topics and hours I must complete to get my Site Safety Training Card?

 

 If you have an OSHA 30-Hour Card, you need the following training:

Workers with a valid OSHA 30-Hour Card

Training/Course

Hours

30-Hour OSHA

30

8-Hour Fall Prevention

8

2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness

2

Total Hours: 40

If you have an OSHA 10-Hour Card, you need the following training:

Workers with a valid OSHA 10-Hour Card

Training/Course

Hours

10-Hour OSHA

10

8-Hour Fall Prevention

8

8-Hour Site Safety Training (SST) Worker Chapter 33 Site Safety

8

4-Hour Supported Scaffold

4

2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness

2

General Electives

4

Special Electives

4

Total Hours: 40

 

Once I get the SST card, will it expire?

SST cards expire after five years. Card holders will be required to take a refresher course every five years to renew their SST card.

Where do I get an SST Card?

DOB-approved course providers are responsible for issuing Site Safety Training Cards upon the completion of training.

View and Order DOB Approved SST Card Providers here. 

As a construction worker, when will I need my 40 hours of training?

Workers will be required to complete their 40 hours of training by March 1, 2021. By this date, workers will need a Site Safety Training Card.

Has the June 1, 2019 deadline for workers to get 30 hours of training and supervisors to get 62 hours been extended?

Yes, on May 8, City Council passed legislation extending the deadline. Workers will now need to have 30 hours of training and supervisors must have 62 hours of training by December 1, 2019.

UPDATE: As of March 1st, 2021 all New York City Construction and Demolition workers on job sites with Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager will need an SST Card. All cards issued after January 1st, 2022 will require the final DOB-approved card design.

What training do you need to get an SST Card?

Worker: Limited SST Card – 30 Hours of Safety Training

As a worker, you must have at least one of the following options to obtain this SST card:

1. OSHA 10-Hour Course + 20 Hours of Additional Training

  • OSHA 10-Hour Course

  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention Training

  • 8-Hour Chapter 33 Site Safety Manager Training

  • 4-Hour Supported Scaffold Training

2. OSHA 30-Hour Course

3. 100-Hour Training Program, has to be approved by the DOB

  • Has to at least meet the course training work identified in option 1 or 2.

Worker: Temporary SST Card*

As a worker, you must have the following to obtain this SST card:

1. OSHA 10-Hour Course

*This SST card is issued by a trainer to a construction worker who completes an OSHA 10-Hour course and who is a new entrant to the workforce in NYC.

Full SST Card – 40 Hours of Safety Training

As a worker, you must have at least one of the following options to obtain this SST card:

1. OSHA 10-Hour Course + 30 Hours of Additional Training

  • OSHA 10-Hour Course
  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention Training
  • 8-Hour Chapter 33 Site Safety Manager Training
  • 4-Hour Supported Scaffold Training
  • 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • 4-Hours of general safety training electives (listed below)
  • 4-Hours of specialized safety training electives (listed below)

2. OSHA 30-Hour Course + 10 Hours of Additional Training

  • OSHA 30-Hour Course
  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention Training
  • 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness

3. 100-Hour Training Program, has to be approved by the DOB

  • Has to at least meet the course training work identified in option 1 or 2.
  • In many cases this is received as part of a Union Apprenticeship Program

Supervisor SST Card – 62 Hours of Safety Training

As a supervisor, you must have all of the following training to obtain this SST card:

  • OSHA 30-Hour Course

  • 8-Hour Fall Prevention Training

  • 8-Hour Chapter 33 Site Safety Manager Training

  • 4-Hour Supported Scaffold Training

  • 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness

  • 2-Hour Site Safety Plan

  • 2-Hour Tool Box Talks

  • 2-Hour Pre-task Safety Meetings

  • 2-Hours of general safety training electives (listed below)

  • 2-Hours of specialized safety training electives (listed below)

    General Electives

    • 1-Hour First Aid & CPR

    • 1-Hour Hoisting and Rigging

    • 1-Hour Stairways and Ladders

    • 1-Hour Tools (Hand and Power)

    • 1-Hour Repetitive Motion Injuries

    • 1-Hour Protection from Sun Exposure

    • 1-Hour Handling Heavy Materials and Proper Lifting Techniques

    • 1-Hour Fire Protection and Prevention

    • 1-Hour Electrocution Prevention

    • 1-Hour Health and Safety Programs in Construction

    • 1-Hour Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal

    Specialized Electives

    • 1-Hour Demolition Safety
    • 1-Hour Asbestos/Lead Awareness
    • 1-Hour Concrete and Masonry Construction
    • 1-Hour Flag Person
    • 1-Hour Risk Assessment and Accident Investigation
    • 1-Hour Suspended Scaffold
    • 1-Hour Confined Space Entry
    • 1-Hour Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, and Conveyors
    • 1-Hour Ergonomics
    • 1-Hour Job Hazard Analysis
    • 1-Hour Excavations
    • 1-Hour Manlifts/Aerial Lifts/Scissor Lifts
    • 1-Hour Motor Vehicles
    • 1-Hour Welding and Cutting
    • 1-Hour Steel Erection
    • 2.5-Hour Foundations of Safety Leadership

      What does the SST Card look like?

      The Department has finalized its SST ID Card Design outlined below. Course Providers will issue this card design using NYCDOB Training Connect. Any new SST card issued after January 1, 2022 must be printed via the Training Connect platform.

      New York City SST Card Design

      Why does my SST Card not look like the NYC DOB Finalized Design? (pictured above) 

      The Department has finalized its SST ID Card Design but only new cards issues or replaced in NYC are currently updated to this design. The DOB has not yet announced a deadline by when individuals will need to replace their previously issued SST IDs. That announcement will be forthcoming in the near future.

      Eventually all SST Cards carried by construction workers in New York City will look like the design pictured above. If you are a contractor or worker looking to replace your old card with the new design/functionality you can do so by contacting a DOB-approved course provider. 

      Why does the SST Card activate a link on my Smartphone?

      The SST Card is powered with Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology, meaning it can connect to a Smartphone when the card is within a certain short-range proximity (within 10cm). 

      The link that appears when tapping a Smartphone to the SST Card (within 10cm) will showcase a worker’s training history and safety qualifications. NYC DOB site inspectors/officers can use this technology to verify a worker’s training requirements on the job and verify whether a worker obtains a valid NYC SST Card. 

      Does the SST Card connect to other systems or technology? 

      Yes, the SST Card can be used with access control systems via myComply’s Smart Brick technology on New York City jobs. Use the SST Cards to gather accurate manpower logs and ensure that all workers who access the site have valid SST cards to avoid fines of up to $5,000 per untrained worker.

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