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STEP Awards

Established in 1989, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) serves as a valuable tool for ABC members to consistently build upon their safety programs and gain recognition for their outstanding efforts. The program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. It provides your company with the following benefits: 
  • Structured approach to examine and further develop your company's safety and loss prevention program.
  • Clear, legitimate, and objective methods to measure your company's safety program improvements.
The STEP tool is simple to use. There are 20 key safety components; you will be asked to self-evaluate your safety and health program by answering a number of questions within those safety areas. Each safety component area provides you with objective, measurable goals to help improve your program.

The best part of this service is that it helps you to enhance your company’s safety program – and it's FREE!

Requirements Diamond Platinum  Gold Bronze & Silver  Participant
Recordable Incident Rate 50% below NAICS code* 25% below NAICS code* Equal to or below the BLS average Equal to or below the BLS average
Equal to or below the BLS average
EMR 0.7 (0.8 < 100 employees) 0.8 (0.9 < 100 employees) N/A  N/A  N/A 
OSHA Form 300 & 300A OSHA 300
Previous 3 years
OSHA 300
Previous year
Previous year
Previous year
Previous year 
Fatalities No OSHA citations for the last 3 years No OSHA citations for the last 3 years N/A  N/A  N/A 
20 Key Components Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score  Meets the minimum score  Meets the minimum score 
Application Fee $395 $195 $0  $0  $0 
*must be within the last 3 years, companies < 100 employees may use a 3-year average (Diamond)
*must be within the last year (Platinum)


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.