STEP CRITERIA 
2011 STEP Qualification Criteria

Participant Level

A)  Recognizes thos who participate in STEP, but do not achieve the Minimum 20 Key Components self-score1 required for Bronze level recognition.
B)  Must submit 2009 OSHA Form 300A ("Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses") with the application for data verification purposes.

Bronze and Silver Levels

A)  Applicant achieves minimum 20 Key Components qualifying score for respective levels.
B)  Must submit 2009 OSHA Form 300A ("Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses") with the application for data verification purposes.

Gold Level

STEP Gold is open to all applicants who meet ALL of the following qualifications:

A)  Minimum Gold Level 20 Key Components self-score1 required.
B)  Incidence rate2 no more than 1.5 times the national BLS3 average for applicant's NAICS4 code in the application year.  (Note that for 2010 and 2011 STEP, alol applicants may use a three-year average to meet the incidence rate qualification component for STEP gold.  Starting in 2012, the use of a three-year average will be limted to companies with fewer than 100 employees.)
C)  Must submit 2009 OSHA Form 300A ("Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses") with the application for data verification purposes.

Platinum Level

STEP Platinum is open to applicants who meet all of the following qualifications:

A)  Minimum Platinum Level 20 Key Components self-score1 requried.
B)  Incidence rate2 at least 25 percent below the national BLS3 average for applidcant's NAICS4 code in the application year. (Note that the use of a three-year average is permitted for companies with fewer than 100 employees.)
C)  No fatality or catastropic accident5 within this application year, or the previous two consecutive years, which resulted in OSHA citation.
D)  No willful or repeat OSHA citations (federal or state) within this application year or the preveiw two consecutive years.
E)  EMR ("mod factor") at or below 0.800 for application year (0.900 for companies with fewer than 100 employees.)

In some states, very small companies may have trouble reaching 0.900 even with three years of zero losses.  Therefore, in place of the mod factor requirement, a company with fewer than 50 employees can meet this qualification if its three-year average workers' comp loss ratio is at or below 15 percent.  A statement from your insurer must attest to this criterion.

F)  Site supervisory personnel have completed OSHA 10-hour construction safety course or equivalent.
G)  Have designated safety personnel with OSHA 30-hour construction safety course training or equivalent.  These individuals, through training and experience, are able to recognize workplace hazards and have the authority to take prompt, corrective action.
H)  Site-specific safety and health programs in place.
I)  Employees actively involved in safety and health programs (i.e., participation in self-audits, site inspections, job hazard analyses, safety and health program reviews, safety training, near-miss investigations, etc.)
J)  Employees trained in identification and control of hazards specific to the contractor's worksite(s).
K)  Submit both the 2009 OSHA Form 300 ("Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses") with names removed and 2009 OSHA Form 300A ("Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses") with the application for data verification purposes.
L)  Submit the $195 application fee, which is refundable if the company fails to meet all qualification criteria.

All STEP Platinum recipients are eligible to enter ABC's National Safety Excellence Award (NSEA) competition and the Consturction Users Roundtable's Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CURT/CISE) award competition.

Diamond Level

Because STEP Diamond is a new recognition level, participation in 2010 is by invitation only.  Candidates must meet ALL of the Platinum qualifications, as well as these more stringent requirements.

A)  Incidence rate2 at least 50 percent below the national BLS3 average for applicant's NAICS4 code in the current application year and each of the past two consecutive application years.  (Note that the use of a three-year average is permitted for companies with fewer than 100 employees.)
B)  EMR ("mod factor") at or beloww 0.700 for STEP application yhear (0.800 for companies with fewer than 100 employees.)

In some states, very small companies may have trouble reaching 0.800, even with three years of zero losses.  Therefore, in place of the mod factor requirement, a company with fewer than 50 employees can meet this qualification if its three-year average workers' comp loss ratio is at or below 10 percent.  A statement from your insurer must attest to this criterion.

C)  Successfully complete a site verification evaluation to confirm that safety practices meet the standards of STEP Diamond qualification.
D)  Submit the $395 application fee, which is refundable if the company fails to meet all qualified criteria.

All STEP Diamond recipients are eligible to enter ABC's National Safety Excellence Award (NSEA) competition and the Construction Users Roundtable's Constructoin Industry Safety Excellence (CURT/CISE) award competition.


NOTES:
1
20 Key Components Self-Score - ABC does not publish minimum qualification scores for the 20 Key Components.
2Incidence Rate - Represents the number of OSHA recordable injuries/illnesses per 100 employees a company experiences in a given calendar year.  It is calculated with the following formula

Incidence Rate =                           N x 200,000
                                _______________________________
                          Total hours worked by all employees in calendar year
"N" represents the total number of OSHA recordable incidents for calendar year (Lines G + H + I + J on OSHA Form 300A)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has created an online Incidence Rate Calculator click here to access it.

3BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov)
4NAICS - North American Industry Classification System.  If you are unsure in which NAICS code your company should be classified, reference www.census.gov/eos/www/naics for code definitions.  NAICS code classifications should represent the majority of the company's primary work.  A sampling of construction NAICS codes and corresponding national BLS incident rates is listed in the STEP application instructions section.
5Catastrophic Accident - An accident that resulted in an in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees.

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