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An SST Card will be required by most construction workers in 2018 pursuant to Local Law 196 of 2017.  The only exceptions will be workers at the job sites that only involve minor alterations or the construction of new 1, 2 or 3 family homes, delivery persons, flaggers, professional engineers, registered architects, special inspectors and department-licensees.

By March 1, 2018, permit holders will be required to ensure that all construction and demolition workers and subcontractors employed or engaged at a permitted site have completed an OSHA 10-hour training course, an OSHA 30-hour training course, or a 100-hour program of OSHA training. (Date may be pushed back)

Training will be verified using a “card” system similar to OSHA’s “10-Hour Card” system. SST cards will be issued to workers who complete OSHA 10-hour, 30-hour, or 100-hour programs. For 10-hour and 30-hour training, workers will be required to complete additional “SST credits” to earn the card.

The legislation creates some variants of the SST card:

  • A Temporary SST card can be issued to a new entrant to the construction or demolition workforce who completes an OSHA 10-hour training course, and expires after 6 months.
  • An SST Supervisor Card can be issued to SST card holders who complete an OSHA 30-hour training course.
  • In addition, a Limited SST Card may be issued before the final compliance date in the legislation.
Compliance Dates


First Compliance Date

March 2018
(exact date TBD)


Second Compliance Date

December 1, 2018
This date may be pushed back to June 1, 2019.

Full Compliance Date

5 months after “second compliance date”, may be pushed to Sep. 2020

The Department of Buildings must provide full details by March 1, 2018 so watch for announcements on this date.