Philadelphia Requires OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Course
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Philadelphia Requires OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Course for All Contractors

Posted: February 10, 2016


New Safety Training Requirements

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.

Please refer to OSHA’s website,, for assistance in identifying safety training opportunities.



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