The 2017 ABC National Safety Training Evaluation Process applications are now available to complete. Established in 1989 the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. The application process provides your company with an organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs. This award is only available to contractor members of our chapter. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Diamond or Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential.

Awards are given in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. New for 2017, the STEP application process can be completed online! The deadline for completing your application is Friday, March 10,  2017.  Awards will be given at our annual STEP/Student/Diversity awards dinner on May 4, 2017. To complete your 2017 STEP application, click on the following link:

If you are interested in applying for the STEP Application but need some help in understanding how to fill it out, here are two upcoming FREE seminars with ABC members that can help you.

Wednesday, January 25, Noon at Jefferson Urian Doane & Sterner in Georgetown, Delaware.  To register, please e-mail

Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. at the ABC office in New Castle, Delaware. To register, please e-mail

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?
STEP is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool. ABC encourages each participant to engage as many employees as possible in the process. Where possible, consider using a safety committee or a randomly selected and diverse sample of employees. For each of the 20 Key Components of Safety measures, groups can either work on reaching a consensus or results can be averaged. More participants in the evaluation process will result in a truer assessment of your safety program and a more comprehensive look at areas for improvement.

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

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  There is a fee of $235 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.

ABC Delaware members' STEP applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017. 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


Get instantaneous results using the new, easier to use application--now you can save your application and come back later to complete!

Click here to begin your 2017 STEP journey!

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
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 New Castle, DE 19720
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