Mt. Laurel, NJ: The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance.
Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce job site incidents.
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“Many of our members see significant benefits from STEP being a resource to them,” said Sam Fiocchi, President of ABC NJ. “Commercial companies, industrial companies, and suppliers often take part in the STEP Safety program due to its world-class safety standards. Taking part in this program shows organizational leadership, a commitment to your employees, and in turn, translates to a positive cultural transformation.”
The STEP program first evaluates the current level of safety performance with all future safety performances tracked after the initial evaluation period. The best practices are then implemented based on results to transform the organization’s safety culture, creating a peer-based industry-wide benchmark safety performance. Organizational leadership must also demonstrate that all employees are equipped with proper safety tools. Proper safety tools include fall protection training and prevention tips, improved hazard, injury, and emergency communication and reporting procedures, upgraded protective gear, substance abuse programs for a drug and alcohol-free workplace, and more.
“Safety is a part of our DNA,” continued Fiocchi. “STEP makes companies up to six times safer than the industry average, something ABC and its members have shown a dedicated commitment to. The program delivers tangible results which is critical if a business is willing to invest their time and resources. These results enable our membership to excel and beset the standard throughout the construction industry.”
To learn more about the STEP program or to start the program, please visit www.abc.org/step.
About Associated Builders and Contractors: ABC is a national association representing 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 Chapters across the United States. Our membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. ABC NJ is the industry’s liaison to federal, state, and local governments and the public at large. For more information, please visit our website at www.abcnjc.org.