Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)
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.
As members of the SSIP Forum Alcumus SafeContractor is committed to reducing the bureaucracy and duplication of effort often associated with pre-qualification. Together with the other members of SSIP, we help both contractors and clients save millions of pounds each year.
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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.
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.
What are the benefits of SSIP?
Save time and money and focus on your day-to-day.
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.
SafeContractor's SSIP membership
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.
What are the requirements of SSIP members?
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.
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.
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.
Core SSIP topics covered
Health and Safety Policy
It’s a legal requirement in the UK to have a written health and safety policy detailing your organisation’s approach to the management of health and safety, if you employ five or more people in your business.
Health and safety policies help to ensure that effective safety management procedures exist and allow the business to remain legally compliant. Clients will require that contractors undertaking work for them are able to produce an appropriate health and safety policy prior to awarding work.
A successful and effective health and safety policy should be clear, concise and easy to understand for everyone it applies to. It also needs to contain specific details and information as to how the policy will be managed, once created.
CORE SSIP TOPICS COVERED
Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMs)
As an employer, you hold most responsibility for health and safety in the workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), it is the employer’s duty to so far as reasonably practicable to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their staff. They specify employers should carry out the following to meet their health and safety responsibilities.
Produce Risk Assessments
While a risk assessment is a simple process to demonstrate you’ve identified all of your workplace risks and taken appropriate action to mitigate them, a method statement goes one step further. It’s a simple way to convert your risk assessment findings and control measures into a safe working process.
CORE SSIP TOPICS COVERED
Ensure that you are up to date with all relevant insurances for your industry, including public liability, employer’s liability and professional indemnity.
You have a legal duty to ensure that you, your employees and the public are covered against any potential risks whilst undertaking work.
Displaying your up-to-date insurances and levels of cover gives clients confidence that you are capable and have the cover in place to meet their pre-qualification requirements.
CORE SSIP TOPICS COVERED
Evidence of appropriate training and relevant trade qualifications.
Qualifications help back up a contractor’s competence.
Certain trades require qualifications to be passed, while they are highly advisable in others.
Displaying training records, certificates of competence and membership of any professional bodies helps to demonstrate your ability and professional standing to potential clients.