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STEP Application

The 2016 STEP application is now available!

New for 2016, the STEP application process will be online! To apply for STEP, please click here to complete the online application.

STEP Applications are accepted until Dec. 15th. In order to receive your award at your Chapter's event, please apply by your local chapter's deadline.If you wish to apply using the paper application, you may download here and submit via your local ABC Chapter. Please note that, for all paper applications, there is a $35 application processing fee (waived for STEP Diamond and Platinum applicants).    


Please call ABC's Safety Department at (202) 595-1855 or email us at if you have further questions about the STEP application process--we're here to help! 

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 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, or submitting via the paper application), and your responses are strictly confidential.

Save time--apply for STEP online!

Get instantaneous results using the new, easier to use application--now you can save your application and come back later to complete!

Why Join?
  • 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 lagging indicator safety performance data with leading indicator use and 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
  • Gateway to Accredited Quality Contractor recognition
  • STEP Diamond and Platinum recipients eligible for ABC National Safety Excellence Award and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) - CISE award
  • 2013 STEP data shows STEP participants beat BLS national averages in all lagging indicator performance metrics, leading to participant benefits in the pre-bid/bid process and when negotiating insurance rates.


Requirements Diamond Platinum  Gold  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  $0  $0

*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

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!

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 well-being and health.

As part of ABC's mission to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work, we offer member- and partner-developed safety resources free of charge for use by the construction industry.Our goal is to send every construction industry employee home in the same--or better--condition--than which they arrived. These resources have been developed by ABC members and partners. This webpage and its' resources are continuously evolving--check back often for new resources generously provided by members and partners!

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