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  • Every Incident is preventable.
  • Strive to be six times safer than the industry average.
  • Take the next STEP to world class safety!

Established in 1989, the STEP SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM 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.

STEP provides guidance for creating a better safety program. The benchmarks help you monitor and adjust your company’s efforts to build a safer work environment. Now is the perfect time to find out how your company can improve its job-site safety and its bottom line.

To submit your STEP application, visit

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Every ABC member wants to send its workers home safely every night. Take the first step towards achieving world-class safety by participating in STEP, whether you are beginning your safety journey or continuing to strengthen your performance.Getting started with STEP is free, and it can help you lower your workers compensation insurance rates.

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Should Participate?

Commercial and industrial contractors as well as suppliers who want to make a commitment to achieving world-class safety performance.

STEP Works:

Participating companies score their level of achievement for each component on a weighted point scale and document their incident rates (TRIR and EMR). Companies receive a recognition level of Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Participant based on this data.

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Step Qualifications

See our convenient chart below to see how you can qualify for the STEP Program.

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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/AN/A
OSHA Form 300 & 300A Previous 3 yearsPrevious yearPrevious year 300APrevious year 300A
Fatalities None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 yearsN/AN/A
20 Key Components Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum scoreMeets 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