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On July 17, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in response to OSHA’s request for comments on its efforts to develop a leading indicators resource for usage by employers to improve safety management systems.

In the comments, ABC supported and commended OSHA’s efforts to promote the usage of leading indicators to improve safety. Leading indicators are proactive, preventive and predictive measures used to improve workplace safety. The comments emphasized the importance of core leading indicators identified in ABC’s 2023 Safety Performance Report.

The comments additionally encouraged OSHA to consider ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, which utilizes 25 key components, including a number of leading indicators to help participants improve workplace safety, in its development of the resource. Founded in 1989, STEP has evolved into an industry-leading safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work.

As a steering committee member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, ABC also submitted comments with the coalition supporting OSHA’s efforts and identifying areas where the agency should focus its efforts.