What is an SST card?
SST card stands for Site Safety Training card. The SST card has been introduced by New York City Department of Buildings as a proof that the individual has gone through awareness level safety training before starting work on a construction site.
Who needs an Site Safety Training card?
Under Local Law 196, Site Safety Training card is required for workers and supervisors on construction sites in New York City that that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.
What type of Site Safety Training card do I need?
There are three card types currently available:
Temporary SST Card – provides temporary access to construction sites and is valid only for 6 months from the issue date. Requires a minimum of 10 credits to obtain (OSHA 10) and is a default way for new entrants to start working on a construction sites. The new entrants then have 6 months to complete additional 30 hours of Site Safety Training to obtain the Site Safety (Worker) Card.
Site Safety (Worker) SST Card – required for all construction and demolition workers. Requires a minimum of 40 credits to obtain. The following courses are typically required to obtain the Site Safety (Worker) Card:
Supervisor SST Card – required for all supervisors, including Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, Construction Superintendents and competent persons. 62 credits are required to obtain the Supervisor card. The following courses are required to obtain the Supervisor card:
- OSHA 30 for Construction industry
- 8-Hour Fall Prevention
- 8-Hour Site Safety Manager Refresher/Chapter 33
- 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User and Refresher
- 2-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- 2-Hour Site Safety Plan
- 2-Hour Toolbox Talks
- 2-Hour Pre-Task Safety Meeting
- 2 hours of SST General Electives
- 2 hours of SST Special Electives
Is OSHA card the same as a Site Safety Training card?
Site Safety Training card is different from the OSHA card and requires additional safety training to obtain. To obtain an SST card, you would need to complete the OSHA 30 training (or in some cases OSHA 10), and additional NYC DOB training courses. OSHA card is issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), while the Site Safety Training card is issued by NYC DOB approved course providers.
How do I get an SST card?
The typical process to obtain the Site Safety Training card is as follows:
- Complete OSHA 30 Construction Industry training
- Complete additional 10 or 32 hours of Site Safety Training required for the Site Safety (Worker) or Supervisor card respectively
- Apply for the Site Safety Training card by submitting the following documents:
- Card application form
- Front and back copy of your OSHA card for verification
- Copy of your training certificates
- Copy of your ID – in case you have an ID not issued by the New York State, you may be asked to submit additional documentation
- Submit a passport like photo complying with the NYC DOB photo requirements
- Pay any card processing and administration fees (if applicable)
Please note that the DOB has implemented a new type of Site Safety Training card that must be entered into the common Training Connect platform. All existing pre-Training Connect cards must be replaced by 31st January 2023. For more information please see our SST Card Upgrade page.
Does SST Card expire?
Cards expire after 5 years, and the workers and supervisors must complete refresher courses to renew their card. Site Safety (Worker) SST card renewal requires 8 hours of additional courses to renew, while Supervisor card renewal requires 16 hours of additional training.