STEP

APPLICATION

STEP Applications are accepted througout the year. Each ABC Chapter has their own deadline.

Detailed instructions regarding STEP qualification criteria can be reviewed by downloading the STEP application book
or
Apply for STEP Online.

Questions?

For more information, please contact:

Nick Nowell
Director of Education & Safety 
813.879.8064
nicknowell@abcflgulf.org

Safety Training and Evaluation Process

STEP - Merit Based SAfety Recognition for the Merit Shop!


Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Diamond or Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential.

Why Join?

Safety is Priority - With STEP, You Can Improve It

  • Organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs
  • The Key Component system forms a 20 point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program
  • Incorporates both OSHA required safety data with self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide ranging report on the entire nature of a company's Safety Program
  • Designed to benefit both large and small contractors alike
  • Recognition for ABC members at both National and Chapter level, with various recognition events held throughout the year
  • Can also lead National Safety Excellence Awards and Accredited Quality Contractor recognition
  • 2010 STEP data shows STEP participants beat BLS national averages in a number of areas, leading to benefits both when bidding for business and negotiating insurance rates



*must be within the last 3 years, companies < 100 employees may use a 3-year average (Diamond)
*must be within the last year (Platinum)

FIRSTSTEP - YOUR FOUNDATION FOR AN EFFECTIVE SAFETY PROGRAM!

Starting a safety program can be a daunting task. That’s why each year, ABC offers its STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) program. STEP is a proven and valuable resource designed specifically to support ABC members in the development and continued improvement of safety and training efforts, with a collective goal of ensuring continued worker wellbeing and health.

But for some, STEP can be more like a big JUMP. That's why ABC has created FirstSTEP--a building block for those companies who are looking to establish a comprehensive safety training program. If you are a smaller contractor that wants to “start somewhere” with safety, then this tool was developed for you! You will notice that this road map gives you some very basic components to consider as you work on constructing the foundation of your safety program. For best results, we encourage you to concentrate on building the program around your company’s culture, the way YOU do business and the way your employees approach their jobs. While these components may be universal, there is no single right way to integrate them into an organization. The only true “right way” is your way. So make use of resources available, but take the little extra time needed to make them truly yours.

Congratulations on taking this "FirstSTEP"! The progress you make by participating in this program will bring returns many times over for your business and your employees alike. Some returns will come quickly, such as reduced injuries, improved productivity and stronger OSHA compliance. Other returns will continue to get better with time, such as gaining a competitive advantage in your market, lowering workers comp costs, preventing costly OSHA fines and pre-qualifying for profitable work as you progress into the full STEP program.

Download the FirstSTEP evaluation form.
Ever wondered how easy it really is to fill out a STEP application? Want to promote your company or member's STEP achievements?  Click here for your one-stop shop for promoting the STEP program and educating members--and chapter staff--about what STEP is and the benefits of becoming involved!