About Us

Who we are

Our Mission

The mission of New York Safety and Training is to impact lives and enrich our community through affordable safety training, planning, and inspections and to become the premier authority on occupational safety within New York’s five boroughs and beyond.

The founder of New York Safety and Training is a U.S. Navy veteran with a strong affinity for service. As such, we pursue relationships with Not-For-Profit organizations to help serve our communities and to provide safety training to under-served populations; we also offer discount pricing to all military veterans with an eye toward aiding returning veterans more smoothly transition to civilian employment.  

We foster a corporate climate of inclusion and respect towards all of our students, clients, and associates, from all walks of life.  We adhere to the tenet that there is dignity in every job, and our aim is to help make every job safe through education, planning, and inspections.

our philosophy

New York Safety and Training is a veteran-owned enterprise offering affordable Safety Training, Planning, and Inspections.  NYST instructors are authorized OSHA outreach trainers and/or approved American Red Cross instructors, and NYST also offers exam prep courses for FDNY Certificate of Fitness exams.  We offer regular classes in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Long Island, and we offer onsite training classes at client locations.  NYST drafts and files FDNY building emergency preparedness plans, including Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans and Emergency Action Plans, and provides building emergency drills and safety staff training.  NYST provides site inspections and safety planning.  Call New York Safety and Training today to discuss how we can help meet your Safety Training, Planning, and Inspection needs.

non-discrimination

New York Safety and Training does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of training and technical services.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and students.

New York Safety and Training is an equal opportunity employer.  We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

LOCATIONS

Classes available in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Long Island.

BROOKLYN

128 32nd Street, room 101

Brooklyn, NY 11232

New York Safety and Training offers a full catalogue of safety training at our Brooklyn Training Center located a short walk from the 36th Street stop on the D, N, and R train lines.  Our Brooklyn Training Center is open Tues – Thurs, Sat – Sun, and most Fridays.

MANHATTAN

 50 Broad Street, Suite 1402, 

New York, NY 

New York Safety and Training offers the OSHA 10 Construction class
quarterly in the training center of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). This location is easily accessible via the 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Wall Street or the J or Z to Broad Street.

HARLEM

669 Malcolm X Avenue (Lenox Avenue), 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10037

New York Safety and Training offers the OSHA 10 Construction class every weekend in Harlem at Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Ave) and W 143rd Street. Take the 3 train to W 145 th Street,

QUEENS

1031 44th Drive

Long Island City, NY 11101

at Construction Staffing Solutions (CSS)

New York Safety and Training offers weekend OSHA 10 Construction and OSHA Flagger classes every weekend at our Queens Training Center, which is easily accessible by the 7, E, M, or G train to Court Square.

BRONX

975 Kelly Street, 4th Floor, 

Bronx, NY 10459

New York Safety and Training offers OSHA 10 Construction, Flagger, and Scaffold classes every weekend and OSHA 10 General Industry and Spanish OSHA 10 Construction classes on alternating weekends in our Bronx Training Center, conveniently located one block from the Intervale stop on the 2 and 5 subway lines and a short walk from the Hunt’s Point stop on the 6 line.

LONG ISLAND

100 Veterans Boulevard, suite 16

Massapequa, NY 11758

NYST offers OSHA 10 Construction, Flagger, and 4-hour Supported Scaffold User classes twice monthly (alternating weekdays and weekends) at our Long Island location, located across from the LIRR Massapequa Station.

New York Safety and Training is also pleased to arrange onsite classes at your location with a minimum of eight students.

Mike O’Donnell

Mike O’Donnell

President and CEO

Mike is originally from Flatbush, Brooklyn, and has a lifelong relationship with safety and service. His father and three older brothers were NYC firefighters, and his fourth brother is a Sergeant with the NYPD. Read More

Joseph O’Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Vice President

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety and has spent his entire adult life as a safety professional. Joseph is a retired NYC firefighter, where he was assigned to Special Operations, worked as a rescue technician, and taught at the Fire Department Training Academy. Read More

Sharon O’Donnell

Sharon O’Donnell

Chief Operations Officer

Before joining NYST, Sharon was the Executive Assistant to Executive Counsel and General Counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) for 20 years. Read More

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez

Instructor

Alejandro is a minority owner of a social enterprise, Envirolution One, which provides energy efficiency training and connects participants to the industry. Read more.

Ana Lucas

Ana Lucas

Instructor

Ana has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, with a focus on electrical contracting.  Read more.

Balfour Albacarys

Balfour Albacarys

Instructor

Balfour “Rico” Albacarys was born in Colombia and emigrated to the United States when he was four years old and speaks fluent Spanish. Read more.

Brian Bowers

Brian Bowers

Instructor

Brian is a military veteran who served four years with the U.S. Army as 31 Uniform Signals Support. Read more.

Brian Schroeder

Brian Schroeder

Instructor

Brian has spent six years working in construction health and safety. In 2011, he started with New Jersey’s largest electrical utility company (PSE&G) as a site safety professional. Read more.

Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly

Instructor

Diane has over twenty years of experience as an educator for NYC Department of Education at schools in Brooklyn and East Harlem. Read more.

Ed Opfer

Ed Opfer

Instructor

Ed has over 30 years of experience in Safety and Emergency Preparedness, both as a responder and a trainer. Read more.

Jack LaMantia

Jack LaMantia

Instructor

Jack has managed Safety and Health programs as a director for over 30 years and has been in construction for over 44 years. Read more.

Jim Krebs

Jim Krebs

Instructor

In addition to teaching for New York Safety and Training, Jim is an Equity Trader at Pzena Investment Management, where he has run the Trading Desk for the last 20 years. Read more.

 Joe Livoti

Joe Livoti

Instructor

Joe has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, with more than half of that time in supervisory and management. Read more.

Ammishaddai "Liv" Ben-Levi

Ammishaddai "Liv" Ben-Levi

Instructor

Liv leads a double life, working as an I.T. consultant and working in the construction industry. Read more.

Lloyd hunsdorfer

Lloyd hunsdorfer

Instructor

Lloyd is a retired New York City Licensed Master Plumber who owned and operated his own successful plumbing company for over 35 years, serving the five boroughs of New York City. Read more.

Phil Chodroff

Phil Chodroff

Instructor

Phil has 35 years of experience in the construction industry and has always prioritized safety in his various projects. Read more.

Sharlene Lawrence

Sharlene Lawrence

Instructor

Sharlene is a carpenter by trade, out of Union Local 157, with a family history in the industry. Her grandfather was a carpenter from Jamaica and her father is an electrician from Belize. Read more.

Andrea

Andrea

Administrative Assistant

Andrea provides admin support for the NYST Bronx and Harlem weekend classes. Read more.

Barbara Nusbaum

Barbara Nusbaum

Office Manager

Barbara is integral to the NYST team as a part-time Office Manager for our weekend classes in the Bronx. Read more.

Brendan

Brendan

Administrative Assistant

Brendan provides admin support for the NYST Brooklyn location and often oversees multiple Brooklyn classes. Read more.

Daniel

Daniel

Senior Administrative Assistant

Daniel provides admin support for the NYST Brooklyn Training Center and often oversees multiple Brooklyn classes. Read more.

Deana

Deana

Administrative Assistant

Deana provides admin support for NYST classes in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Read more.

Fara

Fara

Administrative Assistant

Fara provides admin support for NYST classes in the Bronx. Read more.

Jackie

Jackie

Administrative Assistant

Jackie provides admin support for NYST Harlem and Bronx classes. Read more.

Janellie

Janellie

Administrative Assistant

Janellie provides admin support for NYST Queens and Bronx classes. Read more.

Karen Carney

Karen Carney

Office Manager

Karen is an integral part of the NYST team as a part-time Office Manager for our Brooklyn Training Center. Read more.

Maci

Maci

Administrative Assistant

Maci provides admin support for NYST classes in the Brooklyn. Read more.

Mairead

Mairead

Administrative Assistant

Mairead provides admin support for NYST Brooklyn classes. Read more.

Rene

Rene

Administrative Assitant

Rene provides admin support for our Brooklyn Training Center. Read more.

Siobhan O'Donnell

Siobhan O'Donnell

Social Media and Contact Manager

Siobhan works remotely for NYST doing assorted data entry, class filings, client correspondence, and social media work. Read more.

Tim Albert

Tim Albert

Office Manager

Tim manages admin support and oversees NYST Bronx classes. Read more.

Testimonials

What customers said about us

“Thank you to Mike and your entire staff for your wisdom and professional conduct. I learned a lot and looking forward to sign up for more classes very soon.”

Nathaniel Dickey

“This training school is simply amazing!!! I attended a 2 day course to obtain my OSHA 10. It did not feel like I was in a classroom, by far. The instructor, Brian is the best instructor ever. He is relatable, down to earth, fun, incorporates real life and his own life journey into the each lesson!! He is funny, real, raw and very genuine! If you haven’t been in a classroom in a while, you will not be intimidated at all. You will enter solo and leave as a family!!!!”

Ta’mur Rasul

“Best place in New York City to earn your OSHA. Nick is an exceptional instuctor and the staff there is very helpful. I highly recommend attending NY Safety and Training to receive yours.”

George Rosado

Our Clients

New York Safety and Training is proud to serve the Safety Training, Planning, and Inspection needs of a diverse array of clients from corporate, construction, medical, and not-for-profit industries.  Some of our regular clients are listed below; click on their logo to learn more about any of them.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your organization and add your information to this page.

MILITARY DISCOUNTS

We at New York Safety and Training are grateful to all members of the U.S. military for their service to our country.  Safety is our priority, and members of our armed forces dedicate years of their lives to ensure the safety of our nation.  Mike O’Donnell, NYST’s founder, president, and C.E.O., is a U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) graduate and Navy veteran and understands the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian employment.  Nearly half of NYST’s instructors are military veterans.  Construction, fire safety, and occupational risk management are natural work areas for many veterans.

New York Safety and Training is proud to offer discounted class pricing to all veterans, reservists, and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces .  To receive the NYST 20% military discount, bring your DD-214 or military photo ID card class when you check in.

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a "Site Safety Training" card and how do I get one?

 NYC Local Law 196 of 2017 will change the Construction Industry by requiring workers to earn a Site Safety Training (SST) Card

 

“How do I get a Site Safety Training (SST) card?”

Either complete a 100-hour Training Program (such as a union apprenticeship),
OR  take the OSHA 10 plus 30 – 45 hours of additional SST training credits,
OR  take the OSHA 30 plus 10 – 25 hours of additional SST training credits
(this method, taking the OSHA 30, makes you eligible for the
“Site Safety Training (SST) Supervisor” card).

“When do I need to have the SST card?”

By December 1, 2018

“Can I get the SST card right now?”

No. The industry is waiting for DOB to announce
what the “hours of additional SST training credits” need to be.
A Site Safety Training Task Force will make recommendations to DOB in March,
and DOB will announce the make-up of these credits sometime after that.

“How can I prepare to earn my SST card?”

Take the OSHA 30 with NYST.  There’s no need to wait.
We offer the OSHA 30 class every month for only $480
(or $340 if you recently took your OSHA 10 with NYST).
(or register online at NYSafetyandTraining.com for only $465)

If I take the OSHA 10 class, when will I receive my OSHA card?

As long as you attend both days of class and do not have a balance owed towards your class tuition, you will receive a certificate signed by your OSHA instructor at the very end of the final class.  This certificate is good for three months as proof that you took the OSHA 10 course.  Keep this letter with you at your jobsite.  After the class, your instructor will order your OSHA cards directly from OSHA.  Only OSHA issues OSHA cards.  We will receive your card within two months (often much sooner than that) of class and mail it to you.  Most students receive their cards within one month of the class.

I’d like to schedule an OSHA class for my employees. How large can an OSHA class be?

OSHA limits class size to no more than 40 students.

I took the OSHA 10 and would like to take the OSHA 30. Does the OSHA 10 count toward the OSHA 30?

Sometimes. The OSHA 10 can count towards the OSHA 30 as long as no more than 6 months passes between the two classes and as long as both classes are taught by the same OSHA outreach trainer or organization. If you took the OSHA 10 with NYST within the last 6 months, then you can attend 20 hours of the OSHA 30 to receive your OSHA 30 card. Also, we’ll credit your OSHA 10 tuition towards your OSHA 30. You can upgrade from the OSHA 10 to the OSHA 30 for only $340 and 20 more hours of class (usually 3 or 4 more days of class).

What should I do if I miss part of my OSHA class?

You must attend all 10 hours of your OSHA class to receive your card. If you miss part of your class, contact us right away. We’ll put you on the roster for an upcoming OSHA 10 class for an administrative fee of $25. You’ll simply have to make up whatever part of the class that you missed within 6 months of the start of your class, and you’ll get your OSHA card.

Will my OSHA card expire?

No. Your OSHA card is proof that you took this safety courses and it never expires. However, NYC Department of Buildings requires you to have taken the OSHA 10 Construction safety class within the last 5 years to work on a major job site in NYC. So, although the OSHA card never expires, if you work construction in NYC, you have to take the OSHA 10 every 5 years.

Can I take the OSHA 10 in one day?

No. OSHA sets a maximum limit of 7.5 hours of class time in one day.

Do I have to pass a test to receive my OSHA card?

No. OSHA does not require students to take a test. Your OSHA card is proof that your attended the OSHA class. There is no “pass” or “fail” for our OSHA classes. As long as you are present for the entire class and have paid for the class, you’ll receive your OSHA Card. However, NYST likes to give periodic quizzes in each of our classes. These quizzes are important and useful learning tools and help the instructor assess if there are any class topics that may need more attention. Performance on class quizzes will not affect whether you receive your OSHA card. Again, as long as you attend the entire class and have paid your tuition, you’ll get your OSHA card.

How do I schedule an onsite OSHA class?

NYST will happily send an instructor to your job site to teach an OSHA class for a minimum of 10 full-price students as long as you have a suitable space that could be used as a classroom (an indoor room with climate control, chairs, and electricity). The per-person price of most onsite classes is $40 above our published price for our classes at our own location.  To schedule an onsite OSHA class, call Sharon at (718) 734-8400.

How do I become an instructor for NYST?

Send your resume, cover letter, and proof of certification to Mike@NYSafetyandTraining.com.  NYST offers weekday, evening, and weekend classes, so be sure to indicate your availability in your cover letter.

To be eligible to teach our OSHA or DOB courses, you must be an OSHA approved outreach trainer.

To be eligible to teach our FDNY courses, you must be an active or retired New York City firefighter.

To be eligible to teach our First Aid classes, you must be a certified First Aid Instructor.

NYST is especially interested in instructors who are:

  • Bilingual

  • Approved OSHA outreach trainees with concrete safety manager certification.

  • Active or retired law enforcement, especially NYPD

Contact

128 32nd St, #103
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(718) 734-8400

Locations

Brooklyn

Queens

Bronx

Manhattan

Long Island

Harlem

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The mission of New York Safety and Training is to impact lives and enrich our community through affordable safety training, planning, and inspections and to become the premier authority on occupational safety within New York’s five boroughs and beyond.

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