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Core SSIP Topics Covered

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.

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Core SSIP topics covered

Health and Safety Policy

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.

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CORE SSIP TOPICS COVERED

Insurance certificates

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.