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It’s STEP application time!

STEP is a valuable tool offered exclusively to ABC general and specialty contractors. Companies that use STEP to benchmark and improve their safety programs are shown to have fewer incidents and lower EMRs on average than non-participating companies. All companies, big and small, can participate.

All members are encouraged to apply online for ALL STEP LEVELS
You can apply online here:

(Paper applications are still an option, but unless you are applying for Platinum or Diamond, ABC will charge a $35 surcharge to use the paper application. You may download a pdf copy of the instruction booklet/application at

The STEP application deadline is April 29, 2018.
Safety awards will be presented the evening of June 21 in conjunction with the 2018 Excellence in Construction awards at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Helpful hints…
  • It’s a good idea to view each level’s qualifying criteria and application requirements in advance by clicking here (scroll down to view) or by downloading the instruction booklet prior to completing the application.
  • If your company is a member at other ABC chapters, it’s a good idea to check with your other locations to coordinate applications. 
  • ALL applications must include a copy of your 2017 OSHA 300A 
  • PLATINUM applicants must also submit a copy of their 2017 OSHA 300 log. 
  • DIAMOND applicants must submit 300s and 300As from 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • A signed insurer’s statement is NO LONGER REQUIRED.
  • Every year, ALL applicants must take (or renew) the Drug- and Alcohol-Free Pledge online at This is a requirement for STEP participation. Even if you have taken the pledge in prior years, you must renew it every year.
  • Once you complete and save the first page of your STEP application (Company Information), the system sends an email to the address you specify in the application. The code contained in that email will allow you to go back to your application if you need to close it before you are finished. 

Apply online here: 
If you experience a problem with your application, refer to Frequently Asked Questions here.
If applying by hard copy, mail completed application and all required attachments (and payment; checks made out to ABC (NOT “of Georgia”) to:
Pat Dunwoody
ABC of Georgia
8975 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30350

Why participate in STEP?
  • STEP helps lower your company’s incidence rates as well as days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rates.
  • STEP helps lower your company’s experience modification rate (EMR or “mod factor”), which can significantly reduce your annual workers’ comp insurance rates.
  • STEP gives you an objective method to benchmark your company’s safety program and measure improvements from year to year.
  • STEP helps you identify aspects of your safety program that are working well and pinpoint areas for improvement. 
  • Be recognized in front of your peers! Safety awards will be presented at our Safety and Excellence in Construction Awards Gala on June 21.
  • A STEP award is a great marketing tool! You can set your company apart from the competition by earning an award and displaying the STEP logo on your bids, website and marketing materials. 
  • Any ABC contractor or subcontractor member can apply, regardless of your size, specialty or safety record.
  • Applying is FREE when using the online application (except for Platinum and Diamond levels) and the application takes just a few minutes to complete. 

Does your company have fewer than 100 employees?
Companies with fewer than 100 employees may use a 3-year average Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR) to qualify for STEP Gold, Platinum or Diamond. See instruction booklet for application requirements.

Does your company have fewer than 50 employees?
Companies with fewer than 50 employees may use a 5-year average Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR) to qualify for STEP Gold, Platinum or Diamond. See instruction booklet for application requirements. 

Georgia Award of Safety Excellence
All STEP applicants will automatically be entered to win a Georgia Award of Safety Excellence.

Never applied before? Here’s how to get started.
If you are new to STEP (or if you have new administrators in charge of the application), be sure to read the instruction booklet prior to filling out the online application.

Questions? Please contact Pat Dunwoody at pat(at) if you have any questions about completing your application!