Monday, January 21, 2008

NYS Labor Law 220-H

New York State passed Labor Law 220-H this past summer. This law will go into effect on July 18, 2008 and require all laborers, workers, and mechanics on a public work site show certification that they took a minimum of a 10-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Construction Safety Course. OSHA issues the certification cards after successfully completing the course. Future Environment Designs offers the OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Course in Syosset or at your convenience and then applies to OSHA for the certification cards. The 10-hour course is actually a two-day course, because 10 hours is the total contact time for the course. That means breaks are not included in the 10 hours. Once you add appropriate breaks (lunch, coffee, etc.) into the time that brings the class to approximately 12 hours which is two days of training 6 hours each day.
The regulation applies to all contracts for state or municipality work totaling $250,000 or more for construction, reconstruction, repair or maintenance. It covers all workers on the job, employed either by the contractor, sub-contractor or other person(s) doing or contracting to do the whole or a part of the work contemplated by the contract. The training must be completed before the workers arrive at the job site. The regulation will be enforced by the New York State Department of Labor.
Future Environment Designs will add this class to our schedule to meet the anticipated demand for the class.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who pays for the 10 Hour OSHA Course?
Must the worker pay for the course? Or is the contractor responsible for the instruction cost?

Angelo Garcia III said...

NYS Department of Labor has not posted any guidance on this regulation, yet. Since the Contractor is required to use workers with this training without any guidance a contractor could use the requirement as a condition of employment (meaning the employee pays). However, many OSHA regulations require the employer to pay for training. Until NYS Department of Labor clarifies the specifics of this regulation we can only speculate.