Founded in 1989 as a safety benchmarking and improvement tool, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents.
“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.”
Willmar Electric Service
2016 ABC Chair
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.
Leadership Commitment to
Cultural Transformation and Commitment to World-class Safety
World-class Safety System Process Introduced and Deployed
World Class Safety Gained
Commercial and industrial contractors as well as suppliers who want to make a commitment to achieving world-class safety performance who perform work in the following NAICS codes.
Construction of Buildings
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Specialty Trade Contractors
Members that are suppliers are welcome to apply!
Read ABC’s 2020 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 88 percent, making the best-performing companies 827 percent safer than the industry average.
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.
current level of safety performance and begin the journey to world-class safety.
safety performance year after year.
specific best practices to transform your organizations safety culture.
safety performance with peers in the industry.
company and workers by equipping them for safety success.
|Requirements for STEP Levels||Participant||Bronze||Silver||Gold||Platinum||Diamond|
|Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)||N/A||N/A||No greater than 50% higher than the national BLS average||At or below NAICS code average***||25% below NAICS code average**||50% below NAICS code average*|
|Experience Modification Rate (EMR)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||0.8 (0.9 for members with under 100 employees)||0.7 (0.8 for members with under 100 employees)|
|OSHA Form 300A||Previous year 300A||Previous year 300A||Previous year 300A||Previous year 300A||Previous year||Previous 3 years|
|Fatalities||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years||None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years|
|25 Key Components||N/A||Meets the minimum score||Meets the minimum score||Meets the minimum score||Meets the minimum score||Meets the minimum score|
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.
*Oct. 30 to be considered for Top Performers.
Call ABC’s Safety Department at (202) 595-1855 or email us at [email protected] if you have further questions about the STEP application process — we’re here to help!
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