An OSHA Card? What's That? Learn More Here.

So you're new to the world of construction and around the NYC metro area you have probably heard about the OSHA 30-hour card requirement. If you are wondering what that is, no problem! We have a quick description of this below:

What is OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. This law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are not dangerous.

The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training, and assistance to workers and employers. Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards.

What Is An OSHA Card?

There are 2 OSHA cards, 10-hour and 30-hour. If you perform construction work in New York City, The New York Department of Buildings (DOB) requires that all non-supervisory construction workers have an OSHA 30 card for these projects. The DOB requires you to renew the required training every 5 years. Any construction sites outside of New York City require a 10-hour OSHA card.

New York Safety and Training’s course emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control, and prevention, not OSHA standards. Instructional time must be a minimum of 30 hours. OSHA mandates that the 30 hours of training be broken into 15 hours of mandatory topics, 12 hours of elective topics, and 3 hours of optional topics.

30-Hour OSHA Card (Mandatory for construction jobs in NYC)

  • Students who attend the 30-hour course receive this card. The course is intended for all workers or supervisors who need to understand general safety responsibilities on construction job sites. This course goes in-depth and into a variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards than the 10-hour course.

10-Hour OSHA Card

  • The 10-hour course is intended for entry-level workers. This course provides information about worker rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint and provides basic awareness training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards.

OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour Training is Required When:

  • You are new to construction and need to learn proper safety procedures

  • It’s mandatory to have an OSHA card to work

  • Your employer offers the courses for continuing education

  • You are a supervisor with safety responsibilities

  • You are an HR professional with safety responsibility

  • You are seeking a “qualified person” designation

  • You lead a safety committee

  • You want to build safety leadership skills and knowledge quickly

How do you get my OSHA card?

  • Depending on your local state regulations, you can get your 10-hour or the highly recommended 30-hour card by either taking a course online or in-person training.

  • There are plenty of learning sites online & in and out of New York City, and across the country.