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June 17, 2015

AGMA – Do you meet L&I’s new safety requirements? FTI offers OSHA 30 via online course

AGMA contractors must be prepared for the new Dept. of Licenses & Inspections contractor safety requirements coming our way in September. To prepare, AGMA, together with the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI-MAR), is offering member companies (including field and office staff) the opportunity to take OSHA 30 classes online.

The following code changes will take effect on September 30, 2015:

OSHA 10 Safety Training (Or Equivalent)

All workers directly performing construction or demolition activities for which permits have been issued are required to complete OSHA 10 safety training or an approved equivalent. (Philadelphia Code, Title 4, Subcode A, Section A-1001.4). This requirement applies to all employees of licensed contractors (including plumbing, electrical, fire suppression and warm-air contractors) AND State-registered Home Improvement Contractors.

Workers will be required to furnish proof of required safety training to Department of Licenses and Inspections officials upon request. The Department does not propose to
provide registration cards or conduct safety training at this time.

OSHA 30 Safety Training (Or Equivalent)

All contractors licensed under Section 9-1004 of the Philadelphia Code must employ at least one supervisory employee who has completed OSHA 30 safety training, or approved equivalent, within the past 5 years. (Philadelphia Code, Section 9-1004(4)(c.1). Licensed plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, and warm-air contractors are not required to employ an OSHA 30 supervisory employee.

Identification of a supervisory employee and proof of training will be required for all new Contractor License applications made after September 30, 2015 and for the renewal of all Contractor Licenses set to expire on or after March 31, 2016. This information is not required for the renewal of licenses set to expire on March 31, 2015.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections will begin strict enforcement of these code requirements for all licensed contractors on April 1, 2016.

Download new requirements here.

For training options, visit FTI here.