ABC STEP

ABC’S SAFETY TRAINING EVALUATION PROCESS (STEP) IS A SAFETY BENCHMARKING AND IMPROVEMENT TOOL THAT DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES SAFETY PERFORMANCE AMONG CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS REGARDLESS OF COMPANY SIZE OR TYPE OF WORK

STEP Improves Safety

“STEP is a great tool for measuring our safety performance against the best of the best. We use it to make sure we are keeping up with the most current safety techniques. Nearly every advancement we have made in the area of safety has been because of our participation in the STEP process.”

‒David ChapinWillmar Electric Service2016 ABC Chair

Est.

1989

Established in 1989, ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. Participating ABC members firms measure their safety processes and policies on 20 key componenets through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incident rates.

WHY Participate?

Every ABC member wants to send its workers home safely every night. Take the first step towards achieving world-class safety by participating in STEP, whether you are beginning your safety journey or continuing to strengthen your performance.Getting started with STEP is free, and it can help you lower your workers compensation insurance rates.

STEP Improves Performance

Read ABC’s 2017 Safety Performance Report to understand the impact of STEP participation on safety performance. Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 87 percent, making the best-performing companies 770 percent safer than the industry average.

WHO Should Participate?

Commercial and industrial contractors who perform work in the construction of buildings (NAICS code 236), heavy and civil engineering construction (237) and specialty trade contractors (238) who want to make a commitment to achieving world-class safety performance.

HOW STEP Works

Participating companies score their level of achievement for each component on a weighted point scale and document their incident rates (TRIR and EMR). Companies receive a recognition level of Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Participant based on this data.

EVALUATE

your current level of safety performance and begin the journey to world-class safety.

TRACK

your safety performance year after year.

IMPLEMENT

proven, specific best practices to transform your organization’s safety culture.

BENCHMARK

your safety performance with peers in the industry.

BE A LEADER

in equipping your company and workers for safety success.

STEP Qualifications

Requirements STEP Diamond STEP Platinum STEP Gold STEP Silver/ Bronze/ Participant
Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) 50% below NAICS code average* 25% below NAICS code average** At or below NAICS code average*** N/A
Experience Modification Rate (EMR) 0.7 (0.8 < 100 employees) 0.8 (0.9 < 100 employees) N/A N/A
OSHA Form 300 & 300A Previous 3 years Previous year Previous year 300A Previous year 300A
Fatalities None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years N/A N/A
20 Key Components Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score
Application Fee $435 $235 FREE FREE

*must be within the last 3 years; companies <100 employees may use a 3-year average. Companies <50 employees may use a 5-year average

**must be within the last year; companies <100 employees may use a 3-year average. Companies <50 employees may use a 5-year average

*** Companies <100 employees may use a 3-year average. Companies <50 employees may use a 5-year average

You can apply online or download the paper application. Please note that there is a $35 processing fee for all paper applications (waived for STEP Diamond and Platinum applicants).

STEP applications are accepted until Dec. 15.In order to receive your award at your chapter’s event, please apply by your local chapter’s deadline.

SAFETY Training

ABC’s chapters lead the way when it comes to offering safety training for the construction industry. From innovative and cutting edge topics to OSHA and client-required subject matter, ABC chapters have you covered!

SAFETY Best Practices

GET Recognized

STEP Diamond and Platinum recipients are eligible for the ABC National Safety Excellence Award (NSEA) and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Award.

Call ABC’s Safety Department at (202) 595-1855 or email us at stepapps@abc.org if you have further questions about the STEP application process—we’re here to help!