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What is step?

Established in 1989 by the Associated Builders and Contractors National Environment Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. With the exception of the more advanced Diamond and Platinum levels, it is complimentary for ABC Greater Michigan members. Program participants often see the following returns on their STEP investments: increased productivity with fewer on-the-job injuries, greater OSHA compliance, competitive market advantage, and lower worker’s compensation costs.


Why Apply?

  • STEP provides a systematic formula for developing and analyzing safety and loss prevention programs.
  • STEP is designed to benefit both large and small businesses.
  • The STEP Key Component system forms a 20-point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program.
  • The STEP process incorporates both OSHA required safety data with self-assessment to comprehensively report on all aspects of your safety program.
  • STEP data shows that participating companies beat BLS averages in a number of areas, leading to benefits during the bidding and insurance negotiation process.
  • Outstanding safety programs can receive chapter and national recognition, National Safety Excellence and Accredited Quality Contractor awards, with recognition events held throughout the year.
  • Your responses are strictly confidential.
  • All companies claim that safety is a priority, with STEP you can prove it!

Just Getting Started in Your Safety Training Program?

We created our FirstStep tool with the smaller contractor in mind. This road map gives you basic components to consider as you construct your safety program. We encourage you to build the program around your company’s culture and incorporate your business practices. This tool is a guide designed to be modified and enhanced as you see fit.

ABC 2021 Safety Report

Read ABC’s 2021 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 85 percent, making the best-performing companies 655 percent safer than the industry average.

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