Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) was initially founded in May 2009 by CHAS, Build UK, Constructionline, EXOR, and SEC Group with the support of the HSE. Since then, several other accreditation members have joined.
The main aim of SSIP was to simplify the contractor prequalification process and encourage straightforward mutual recognition between its members and their accreditations.
The aim of SSIP accreditation is to enable your clients to go to the SSIP website and check that you have a Health and Safety Management System in place, including access to a Health and Safety Competent Advisor.
For more information, head to the SSIP website https://ssip.org.uk/
Both public and private sector clients (buyers) who run their own approved or preferred list of contractors require contractors and consultants wishing to be placed on those lists to have their health and safety competence assessed at the prequalification stage. By having SSIP Accreditation this confirms that your company has a Safety Management System in place and avoids the need for you to complete multiple pre-qualification questionnaires. Note also that in many cases a prospective client (buyer) will only work with a SSIP Accredited supplier.
This is an annual desktop assessment which involves submitting worked examples of Health and Safety documents to a SSIP assessment company, normally electronically via their website portal. In normal cases, all documents need to be less than 12 months old.
Examples of documents required include:
Assistance and support gaining SSIP Accreditation is free with our Retained Health and Safety Advisor Service but we also offer the service to non-retained clients.
We will assist you in completing your application and compiling the supporting information and evidence to help get your company SSIP Accredited
Yes, we do. Whilst we work with many of the different SSIP Accreditation Companies, our preference is to use SMAS Worksafe https://smasltd.com/. In our experience, the SMAS website portal is easy to use, and we also find the service and response time is excellent.