The SSiP umbrella. A scheme that was designed to make accreditation and meeting tender requirements easier to meet. There are varying levels of information to provide depending on which accreditation you apply for, and there's a possibility that your clients will ask for a certificate that you don't hold. Frustrating isn't it?
What is SSiP?
Safety Schemes in Procurement was launched in May 2009. The intention of the scheme to reduce duplication and demands on suppliers having to maintain multiple certifications under different schemes. Registration is a key indicator that your company can demonstrate high levels of health & safety management and ongoing commitment to best practice.
SSiP promotes a minimum standard of health & safety assessment. The core criteria was adopted with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came in to effect. The SSiP member schemes must incorporate the core criteria standard into their assessments of contractor capability.
Which member body should we choose?
In truth, there's no right or wrong answer in terms of the member body you choose. However, it is a possibility that as your business grows, other clients that you work for will stipulate you must hold accreditation issued by other members. We assist many of our clients with gaining and retaining their certificates on an annual basis with the following SSiP members;
What is Deem to Satisfy?
Scheme members can offer a package called Deem to Satisfy.
Whilst you still have to pay the relevant membership fees, you may not have to go through the entire audit process for each certificate your business holds.
Deem to Satisfy allows other member bodies to check the SSiP portal for your approval by other members, and grant accreditation on the grounds that you have already completed the audit process successfully.