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STEP & Georgia Award of Safety Excellence

Earning safety awards from ABC demonstrates your company's commitment to operating safe job sites. Any ABC-member General or Specialty Contractor may apply for any level, regardless of size, years in business, previous STEP involvement or safety record. Safety awards are presented annually. Last year we held our safety awards ceremony in conjunction with our Excellence in Construction (EIC) awards gala. The event was on July 20th at the Georgia Aquarium.

The EIC awards are held every other year. The next EIC awards program will be in 2018.

To apply for a 2017 STEP award, click here. The deadline for STEP applications is April 29, 2017.

For additional details about the ABC safety awards program, contact Pat Dunwoody.

STEP--Safety Training and Evaluation Process 

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 to participate (unless you are applying for Diamond or Platinum level), and your responses are kept strictly confidential.

  • Organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs.
  • The Key Component system gives you a useful tool for starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program.
  • Incorporates lagging indicator safety performance data with leading indicator use and 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.
  • Recognition for ABC members at both National and Chapter level, with various recognition events held throughout the year.
  • Gateway to Accredited Quality Contractor recognition.
  • STEP Diamond and Platinum recipients eligible to apply for ABC National Safety Excellence Award and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) - CISE award.
  • 2013 STEP data shows STEP participants beat BLS national averages in all lagging indicator performance metrics, leading to participants benefits in the pre-bid/bid process and when negotiating insurance rates.
STEP applications are accepted throughout the year. You can learn more about the STEP program and apply online here.

Georgia Award of Safety Excellence 

Created by the ABC of Georgia Safety Forum, the Georgia Award of Safety Excellence recognizes companies that not only have few safety incidents, but who also are successful at getting people back on the job quickly.

This award is for general and specialty contractors whose DART (days away, restricted or transferred) and LT (lost time) rates are both at least half the national average for their trade.

Those applying for a STEP award are automatically considered for this award. No additional application is required.