2020 STEP
It's time for the 2020 ABC National STEP application process. The Safety Training and Evaluation Process award program provides an organized approach to analyze and further develop your company's safety and loss prevention program and provides a vital, objective method to measure safety program improvements. Our goal this year at ABC Delaware is to get 100% participation by our contractor members.
Applications must be done online.  The online form is to be used to apply for ALL levels (Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Participant). Upon submission, you will receive your provisional STEP qualification level (pending final review by ABC staff). Members are REQUIRED to read and acknowledge understanding of the STEP application instructions prior to completing the online application;


For an Paper Version of the 2020 STEP Click Here Please note that there is a $35 processing fee for all paper applications.

ABC Delaware Deadline To Apply is August 3, 2020

Please make sure to fill out ALL fields of the STEP application before final submission.

We encourage all of our contractor members to complete the STEP application on a yearly basis and be rewarded for your outstanding safety record. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about why you apply for the National STEP Awards:


1. Who should complete the STEP application?
Founded in 1989 as a safety bench marking and improvement tool, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 24 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce job-site incidents.

2. What are the STEP achievement levels?
There are six levels of STEP achievement:
Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Participant.

3. Is there a fee to participate in STEP?
There is no application fee for STEP involvement at the Participant, Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition levels when you submit your application online at . Please note that there is a $35 processing fee for all paper applications.

There is a fee for each Platinum application submitted. This fee is only refundable if the application does not meet the minimum 20 Key Components qualifying score; any application submitted that does not qualify based on the Incidence Rate, Experience Modification Rate (EMR) and fatality qualifying criteria listed in the application instructions below WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. Payment information should be submitted with the Platinum application; failure to do so may result in processing delays.

STEP Qualifications

Requirements for STEP Levels Participant Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) N/A N/A No greater than 50% higher than the national BLS average At or below NAICS code average*** 25% below NAICS code average** 50% below NAICS code average*
Experience Modification Rate (EMR) N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.8 (0.9 for members with under 100 employees) 0.7 (0.8 for members with under 100 employees)
OSHA Form 300
& 300A
Previous year 300A Previous year 300A Previous year 300A Previous year 300A Previous year Previous 3 years
Fatalities N/A N/A N/A N/A None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years None resulting in OSHA citations for the last 3 years
24 Key Components N/A Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score Meets the minimum score
Application Fee FREE FREE FREE FREE $235 $435

Please note that there is a $35 processing fee for all paper applications.

. Questions? Contact Ed Capodanno at or Jean Toman at or call the ABC office at (302) 328-1111.



We encourage all ABC Delaware contractors to participate in this program and promote the great safety programs that you have.  If you have any questions, please give me a call.


Edward J. Capodanno


ABC Delaware

(302) 328-1111


Safety Training and Evaluation Process
STEP - Merit Based SAfety Recognition for the Merit Shop!

Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Diamond or Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential.

Why Join?

Safety is Priority - With STEP, You Can Improve It

Organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs
The Key Component system forms a 20 point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program
Incorporates both OSHA required safety data with self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide ranging report on the entire nature of a company's Safety Program
Designed to benefit both large and small contractors alike
Recognition for ABC members at both National and Chapter level, with various recognition events held throughout the year
Can also lead National Safety Excellence Awards and Accredited Quality Contractor recognition




Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) is a national association that advances and defends the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and provides its members with an opportunity to succeed.
The ABC Delaware office is located in the Airport Industrial Park near the intersection of Route 13 & 273 in New Castle.
ABC Delaware
31 Blevins Drive, Suite B
Airport Industrial Park
 New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 328-1111
(302) 323-1122 fax
Kent/Sussex Office
28 the Circle in Georgetown. Located on the 2nd floor of the historic “Richards Mansion”, Georgetown DE  19947
(302) 858-2185

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