August 03, 2011 energyair Share this post Local air conditioning and heating contractor, Energy Air, Inc., achieved the Gold level for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Central Florida’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) and received recognition at the annual STEP banquet held at the DoubleTree by Hilton on July 28, 2011. The Safety Training Evaluation Process is a benchmarking tool that helps ABC members improve and build upon their safety and training programs; key programs for construction companies due to the increased risk of injuries and higher rate of incidents than other business types. This is the 11th year Energy Air has achieved the Gold level for STEP. The commitment of the leadership team at Energy Air to continuously provide safety and skill training to employees has enabled the company to achieve this level, according to Philip “Critter” Crider, senior vice president for Energy Air. “We want to make sure our team has the knowledge they need to perform expertly for our clients as well as make it home safe to their families at the end of the day,” said Crider. “In this industry, you can’t ever stop training.” STEP provides contractors with a consistent, effective tool to evaluate safety training programs by using 20 standard key components of safety. Each key component focuses on specific safety and training areas essential to a successful, effective safety program. Participants must complete a lengthy application, including a safety self-assessment worksheet that focuses on the 20 key components. STEP was established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety Committee to assist ABC member contractors in evaluating and improving corporate safety practices and recognize outstanding safety training efforts. Each year, over 2,000 contractors of various sizes participate in the STEP program. Founded in 1976, Energy Air, Inc. has been providing air conditioning and heating installation and service in Florida for both commercial and residential customers. In 2007, the company launched its own in-house school. The Florida Air Conditioning Program (FACT), as it’s called, is free to employees and focuses on safety and HVAC skill training.