Health and Safety should be an integral part of your business and there are many different accreditation schemes which allow you to highlight your competence and best practices in health and safety, but how do I know which one to apply for?
The first question should be, what do your clients demand? Clients will demand different accreditations based on their individual and if you are unsure where to start, you need to determine which accreditation will open the most doors for your business once you are accredited, depending on what type of work or tendering opportunities you are looking for.
It is becoming common practice now for potential customers/clients to request that Suppliers have a current SSIP accreditation as a pre-requisite prior to awarding work. We advise that you refer to your customers/clients to ascertain their specific requirements in this matter prior to starting the process.
There are many SSIP members, including (but not limited to) the following:
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For a current list of all SSIP members please see the SSIP website: ssip.org.uk
SSIP stands for Safe Schemes in Procurement and is a set of health and safety assessment criteria used by many construction clients and principal contractors in the UK to evaluate the competence and performance of contractors and subcontractors in terms of their health and safety management systems.
SSIP helps suppliers to save time and reduce costs to allow them to concentrate more on their jobs instead of worrying about obtaining multiple health and safety certifications. Contractors and subcontractors who have been assessed and accredited by an SSIP member scheme can demonstrate their compliance with health and safety standards to a range of construction clients, reducing the need for multiple assessments and paperwork.
There are a number of benefits for your business if you undertake a SSIP assessment. All SSIP assessments are based on the SSIP Core Criteria; therefore, holding a valid SSIP accreditation demonstrates compliance to the specified Health and Safety standards which are in line with the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 and its applicable substantive Regulations.
There are many benefits to business undertaking a SSIP assessment, which include:
The use of SSIP helps to reduce the amount of paperwork for contractors and subcontractors by streamlining the health and safety prequalification process. This reduces the need for multiple assessments and paperwork, which saves time and resources for both contractors and clients, allowing more time to be put towards completing work, ultimately increasing productivity within the workplace.
SSIP promotes the use of industry-recognised health and safety standards, policies, and procedures, which can help to improve safety performance across your construction site. This can lead to a reduction in accidents and injuries, as well as improved worker morale and productivity.
Contractors and subcontractors who have been assessed and accredited by an SSIP member scheme can demonstrate their compliance with health and safety standards to a range of construction clients. This can enhance their reputation, increase their chances of winning contracts, and provide a competitive advantage.
SSIP provides a consistent approach to health and safety assessment across the construction industry. This helps to ensure that all contractors and subcontractors are assessed against the same standards and criteria, which promotes fairness and transparency in the procurement process.
By reducing the amount of paperwork for contractors and subcontractors, as well as improving health and safety standards, SSIP can help reduce costs associated with prequalification and construction projects. This can lead to cost savings for buyers and suppliers, ultimately benefiting the entire construction industry, making the SSIP a very cost efficient scheme.
Our service includes:
This service is for a fixed fee irrespective of how many submissions your paperwork may take and is underpinned by our money back guarantee.
In the unlikely event you do not achieve accreditation and provided you have followed all of our advice, implemented the systems, and returned the required evidence we will fully refund the monies paid to us.
We Successfully Assist and Help Hundreds of Companies A Year in Becoming SSIP Accredited and this service enables you to focus on doing what you do best – Running Your Business.
Deem to Satisfy
All members of SSIP recognise each other’s Health & Safety Assessments and Standards, so generally you should only ever have to be accredited by one SSIP member to be accepted by them all.
Therefore, if you already hold a valid SSIP assessment then you can apply for what is known as a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ assessment with a secondary assessment provider.
If your business requires multiple SSIP assessments please contact the Watson & Watson Office Team so that we may advise and assist you on the best course of action to take going forward and the process of applying for a ‘Deem to Satisfy’ assessment.
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