Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)
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Benefits of SSIP
SSIP is intended to reduce the duplication and demands on suppliers to have multiple certifications to different schemes, saving them time and money and allowing you to focus on your day-to-day.
SSIP registration is a key indicator that your company can demonstrate high levels of health and safety management.
It shows an ongoing commitment to best practice within the work environment and the required levels of protection for your staff and contractors.
As this sector is now more regulated than ever before, SSIP is the simple way to prove that your company takes this matter seriously.
More than 480 major client organisations only use contractors and suppliers that have the SafeContractor SSIP, but hundreds more use any SSIP.
SSIP Accreditation Cost
SafeContractor SSIP starts at £359 for sole traders but the cost is generally based on the size and risk of your business.
Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) was launched in May 2009 to facilitate the mutual recognition of assessments between member schemes, which means contractors do not need to repeat the full assessment process with multiple health and safety assessment schemes.
Once your business is registered with SSIP, you will be eligible for ‘deem to satisfy’ registration with many other pre-qualification portals, which could result in significant discounts within the scheme.
How can SafeContractor's SSIP membership help contractors?
SafeContractor accreditation is recognised by clients and other SSIP schemes and removes the need for contractors to complete multiple pre-qualification assessments saving you time and money.
Become accredited with SafeContractor today and demonstrate to hundreds of organisations that you are a safe, stable and ethical business to work with.
Existing SSIP Accreditation
Can we easily gain SafeContractor accreditation if we have been awarded accreditation by another SSIP member scheme?
Your existing SSIP accreditation (with another SSIP assessment scheme) must be relevant to the work category you select for your SafeContractor accreditation.
For example, if you have been accredited as a handyman with another SSIP scheme, Alcumus SafeContractor can also accredit you as a handyman.
However, if you want to become accredited for a different or additional work category, you may need to provide additional information – the amount dependent on the difference.
SSIP Member Requirements
SSIP promotes a minimum standard of health and safety assessment.
This standard – the Core Criteria – was adopted by SSIP when the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force.
SSIP member health and safety assessment schemes must incorporate the core criteria standard into their assessment of contractor organisational capability.
SafeContractor assessment includes category-related activities that provide further insight into the risks associated with your work.
So, depending on the work activities you select, you may need to provide additional evidence to supplement your original assessment.
The SafeContractor assessment also includes details of your insurance cover, so that clients can see your level of cover and its expiry date.
This is required in all circumstances.
Your SafeContractor accreditation will be issued for a year, but it will be suspended when your original SSIP member accreditation expires.
If this happens, you will need to renew your original SSIP member accreditation or complete the full SafeContractor assessment to remain accredited with SafeContractor.
Although your SafeContractor accreditation will appear on our client portals it will not appear in the SSIP portal; only your original accreditation will be listed.
This ensures only your original full assessment is recognised by other schemes.