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What is PAS 91?

PAS 91:2013+A1:2017 is a standard question set that buyers of your products or services may use to assess your business capability across a range of topics. The question set is designed to assist the buyer to determine if your business is capable of generally being compliant with relevant standards and legislation.

The main aims of PAS 91 are to reduce bureaucracy and prevent duplication. Buyers recognise that SafeContractor meets all the requirements of PAS 91.

PAS 91 - Publicly Available Specification






How does PAS 91 relate to SafeContractor accreditation?

PAS 91 accreditation is a standard questionnaire thatyour customers may use to assess your business capability across relevant issues like equal opportunities and diversity, environmental management, and health and safety. SafeContractor covers all of the modules of PAS 91 as well as the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSiP) core criteria.


Data Protection

General Data protection Regulation (GDPR) / Data Protection policy ensures people can trust you to use their data fairly and responsibly. If you collect information about individuals for any reason other than your own personal, family or household purposes, you need to comply. Every organisation is different and there is no one size fits all answer.

Financial Information


Confirm the current financial status and stability of your organisation. You may be required to provide evidence to support your answers.

Modern Slavery

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) came into effect in 2015. Under Section 54 (2) (b) of the Act and under the Regulations, companies who supply goods and services and who have a turnover of £36 million or more must publish an annual statement on the measures being taken to eliminate modern slavery in their organisation and their supply chains.

Anti-Bribery and Corruption

It is illegal to offer, promise, give, request, agree, receive or accept bribes. An anti-bribery policy can help protect your business. You should have an anti-bribery policy if there is a risk that someone who works for you or on your behalf might be exposed to bribery.


Environmental management is important for all organisations as it includes the efficient use of resources and the reduction and disposal of wastes. It is applicable to any organisation regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental impact of its activities, products and services. Clients are increasingly looking at how their contractors environmental risk.


A Quality Management System (QMS) is how a company manages the interrelated parts of its business in order to meet the needs and expectations of its customers. A QMS manages weaknesses, threats and defects, and maximises strengths and opportunities.

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity legislation exists to ensure that people in employment are treated fairly in the workplace and are not discriminated based on any of the protected characteristics. Under the Equality Act 2010 if a person is treated less favourably due to any of the nine protected characteristics this can be classed as direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation in the field of employment. This section comprises of ten questions that confirm your current equality management arrangements.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a way of using digital technology to work with others to improve the design, construction and maintenance of buildings. As part of the Government's Construction Strategy 2016-2020 all centrally funded government departments require BIM Level 2 for building projects. Therefore, if you tender for construction projects to these public bodies it is essential that you have capability to BIM Level 2. Many commercial clients are also now looking for this capability throughout their supply chain.


This is not a mandatory requirement, however it will ask if you can provide two references from recent projects.

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