Contractor Accreditation

Our scheme not only offers health and safety expertise but adds value to your business with a Member Benefits Package full of support, guidance and discounts from big brands.

Becoming a SafeContractor


The SafeContractor scheme provides a health and safety audit service for contractors who want to reassure their clients that health and safety is being handled correctly and sufficiently on their sites.

Our qualified auditors review your health and safety policies, procedures and documentation, taking into consideration your trade, industry sector and business size. As a result, our safety audits are tailored to suit your business, to assess whether there is suitable and sufficient health and safety compliance within your business.

Once you have signed up as a member, the next step is to become an accredited SafeContractor by successfully completing a risk assessment questionnaire. This means you won't need to submit multiple health and safety questionnaires to your clients, which saves valuable time.

Our accredited contractors promote their SafeContractor status with our logo and van stickers; demonstrating their health and safety compliance to existing and potential clients.

Join us and start your journey to health and safety best practice!

Our work activity categories include:

The SafeContractor scheme welcomes all types of contractors, so whether your work activities involve asbestos removal and waste disposal, cleaning or landscaping, we have a specific work activity category for you.


  • General building

  • Catering

  • Cleaning

  • Construction and Building services

  • Consultants


  • Electrical

  • Environmental

  • Mechanical services

  • Pressure systems

Specialist Knowledge:

SafeContractor has a unique level of specialist knowledge, unrivalled by many of our competitors, built on 10 years’ experience of delivering market leading accreditation services. This is supported by our team of highly experienced, in-house health & safety auditors who assess our accreditation questionnaires.

The Audit Services Team comprises of health and safety professionals who have obtained technical qualifications and industry memberships. These range from Masters Degrees in Safety through to NEBOSH General Certificate (our minimum technical requirement) leading to Technical Member status with IOSH. 

These qualifications are further backed up with practical experience gained from a wide range of industry sectors that include: engineering, construction, maintenance, and consultancy, or internally via the many specialist sectors within our parent company. Continuous individual quality monitoring and performance management programmes ensure quality and consistency with every audit.

To ensure consistency of audit, the process is governed by three very detailed procedures.

These are built around three audit types:

  • Initial Audit for new members

  • Renewal Audit for existing member after 12 months, and

  • Additional Information Audits, which cover follow-up audits after either Initial or Renewal Audits

The procedures are reviewed regularly and updated as necessary. The extent of the details used in the procedures ensures accuracy and consistency and also allows internal quality monitoring to be measurable and consistent.

The SafeContractor Charter Standards set down the benchmark against which all contractor are assessed.

Due to the vast variation in contractor size, nature and work activities, the standards are deliberately non-prescriptive, allowing the auditors to use their best judgment and experience as to the specific level of evidence required to demonstrate compliance.

What is covered?

The standards cover core elements including health and safety policies, risk assessment and first aid. Also included are specific requirements relating to the activity for which accreditation is being sought, for example, high risk activities such as asbestos removal have an additional 14 evidence requirements (including licenses and health surveillance).

How is it covered?

The overall performance and operation of the Audit Team is governed by the Santia Accreditation Assessment Guidance Note (SAAGN) which outlines the overall aims of the audit process and other non-technical issues including file handling, call handling and customer service.

Becoming Accredited

To get the most out of your SafeContractor membership, you need to become an accredited member. This means that your company's health and safety processes have been assessed to make sure they're suitable for your work activities. There are seven steps to becoming an accredited SafeContractor member, as our roadmap below shows...


SafeContractor membership to accreditation roadmap


Important dates for your diary

Depending on the length of your assessment, your membership (the date you paid for your membership) and accreditation dates (the date you officially became accredited by an auditor) will be different.

Just in case these dates slip your mind, we'll send you email reminders before either your membership or accreditation expires.

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