PAS91 Publicly Available Specification
The main aims of PAS91 are to reduce bureaucracy and prevent duplication. Buyers recognise that SafeContractor meets all the requirements of PAS91.
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What is PAS91?
Your clients want to minimise risks to their business.
This includes eradicating modern slavery in their supply chains, complying to environmental obligations, meeting social value and ensuring their contractors and suppliers are financially secure.
PAS91:2013+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.
Our sustainability questionnaire (aligned to PAS91) is now part of the standard SafeContractor assessment.
That means you get everything you need to show SSIP and PAS91 compliance to your clients – in one place.
A contractor’s sustainability badge and status is displayed on our new client portal as Gold, Silver or Bronze, enabling our client organisations to make informed decisions about who they work with.
PAS91 Topics Covered
SafeContractor verifies contractors for key Environmental, Ethical and Financial topics.
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. Your anti-bribery policy should be appropriate to the level of risk your business faces.
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 tendering for construction projects to these public bodies it is essential that you have capability to BIM Level 2. This requirement filters down from design houses and principal contractors through the supply chain to materials suppliers. As such many commercial clients are also now looking for this capability throughout their supply chain.
Data protection is about ensuring 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.
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. Environmental management does not stop with the actions of your organisation. Clients are increasingly looking at how their supply chain manages environmental risk.
Equality and Diversity
Equality and diversity legislation exist 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. There are no right or wrong answers. Where specified you will be required to provide evidence to support your answers.
SafeContractor confirms the financial status of your business. This has been increasingly important as the pandemic has caused many smaller companies to fold. There are no right or wrong answers. Where specified you will be required to provide evidence to support your answers.
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.
A Quality Management System (QMS) is the way in which an organisation manages the interrelated parts of its business in order to meet the needs and expectations of its customers. The implementation of a QMS that manages weaknesses, threats and defects, and maximises strengths and opportunities, leads to continuous improvement in an organisation’s ability to consistently meet or exceed the needs and expectations of its customers.
This section is not a mandatory requirement however it will ask if you can provide two references from recent projects.