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ABC unveils comprehensive new safety handbook

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ABC has published a new 118-page handbook that provides construction professionals with insight into the means, methods, policies and procedures used by the safest firms in ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process. ABC's STEP plan is a contractor-developed program providing construction firms with an objective method to analyze and improve safety and loss prevention programs. Researched and compiled by Michael Hayslip, president and founder of construction safety consulting firm NESTI Inc., Dayton, Ohio, "Construction Safety Management: Fundamental Components of Successful Safety Programs" offers detailed information on the components necessary for any effective safety and health management program, such as proper training and inspections; outstanding recognition and incentives; and clear, comprehensive written safety materials. "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. ABC has assembled this information in an easy-to-use, low-cost guide available to the entire industry." "Construction Safety Management" 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. Additionally, the publication provides an overview of ABC National's safety programs. Hayslip has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has served on ABC National's Safety, Environment and Health Committee. To order "Construction Safety Management: Fundamental Components of Successful Safety Programs," contact Joni Brubaker at the San Diego Chapter, joni@abcsd.org, or call (858) 513-4700. The handbook is available to ABC members for $20 and nonmembers for $40.

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