Safety Academy FAQ 

What is the academy?

The Safety Academy is designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and safety management processes in achieving a zero-incident jobsite. The Safety Academy is different from any other safety training you've experienced...  READ MORE

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What is STEP?
Established in 1989 and specifically designed by contractors for contractors, ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a service that helps you build and expand your safety program. With the exception of the more advanced Diamond and Platinum levels, it is complimentary for ABC NorCal members. Program participants often see the following returns on their STEP investment: increased productivity with fewer on-the-job injuries, greater OSHA compliance, competitive market advantage and lower worker's compensation costs.

Why Join?
  • 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 gives you a 20-point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program.
  • The STEP process incorporates OSHA required safety data and self-assessments 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 processes.
  • 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.
Just getting started with 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.

Qualification & Application Process
Each STEP level has a different set of qualification criteria. Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Please contact Frances Ruelas for information

2019 STEP Application Book & Online application
Download the application book for detailed instructions regarding qualification criteria.
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OSHA Safety Training

Our partnership with the University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute allows us to offer a variety of low-cost online OSHA safety classes to members and nonmembers alike.

Available online classes include:
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  Outreach Training Program online courses offered
in cooperation with the University of South Florida OTIEC

Safety Compliance Resources

Federal Register
Lists and provides copies of proposed and passed regulations. Helpful when researching regulations and their background, comment periods and effective dates. 
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Incidence Rate Calculator & Comparison Tool
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tool for determining your annual incidence rate. Also has national BLS averages for comparison and individual Norther American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.
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Injury/Illness & Fatality Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) section covering injury/illness and fatality statistics for all American industries.
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Find information on the latest OSHA initiatives, partnerships and compliance assistance.
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National Awards

Receive recognition on the national level! The ABC National Safety Excellence Awards (NSEA) and Construction Users Round Table (CURT) honors companies who continually strive to maintain outstanding outstanding safety training programs.

Congratulations to our very own 2015 National Safety Excellence Award Winner, Nova Group, Inc.!

For a complete list of national award recipients, visit