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Personal Safety

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) unveiled "Construction Safety Management: Fundamental Components of Successful Safety Programs," a new 118-page handbook that details the means, methods, policies and procedures used by the safest companies in ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP), a contractor-developed program that provides construction firms with an objective method to analyze and improve their safety and loss prevention programs.

"This book is a must-read for construction firms establishing their first safety program, as well as seasoned industry veterans," said Kirk Pickerel, ABC President and CEO. "For more than 14 years, ABC's STEP program has recognized some of the construction industry's safest firms. Over the years, these firms have provided ABC with extensive details on how the best, brightest and safest contractors manage safety and health issues. Now, ABC has assembled this information in an easy-to-use, low-cost guide that is available to the entire industry."

Researched and compiled by Michael Hayslip, President and Founder of construction safety consulting firm NESTI, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, "Construction Safety Management" offers detailed information on the components necessary for an effective safety and health management program, such as proper training and inspections; outstanding recognition and incentives; and clear, comprehensive written safety materials.

Additionally, the publication provides tips on such safety and health program essentials as management support, pre-task planning, substance abuse testing, return-to-work plans, and finding experienced, safe craftworkers.

ABC is a national association representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 80 chapters across the United States. For more news and information, visit ABC's web site, www.abc.org.



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