Comparison: State vs. Federal
Private sector employers in New York must follow the federal workplace safety and health training rules. The state has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for its public sector employers (government offices and operations) and has adopted requirements for employee hazard communication training that are stricter than federal requirements. See the TABLE for state-specific safety training requirements.
OSHA 10-hour training for construction. Employees of contractors for public works construction projects worth $250,000 or more must complete a 10-hour training course before beginning work. See the CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR TRAINING section below the TABLE. New York City has adopted its own OSHA 10- and 30-hour training requirements for construction workers.
For information on federal training requirements, see the national TRAINING regulatory analysis.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health, including training requirements, in the private sector workplace. The New York Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces public sector workplace hazard communication training requirements.