The construction industry is one of the highest risk industries in the UK, accounting for 22% of fatal injuries for workers, despite only employing 5% of the British work force. Not surprising then, that health & safety competency is one of buyers’ top priorities when it comes to buying construction services – with more and more buyers asking suppliers to demonstrate this through health and safety accreditation.
With so many different health & safety schemes, it is difficult for suppliers to know which scheme to choose, In addition, some buyers mandate a particular scheme meaning that suppliers have to undergo multiple assessments to be considered for work.
The Constructionline/SSIP solution:
Since its launch in 2009, Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) has increasingly been able to cut pre-qualification costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain – acting as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health & safety schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.
In layman’s terms, suppliers need only undergo one health & safety assessment to satisfy the criteria for all other SSIP member schemes – saving them from having to pay multiple assessment fees.
Constructionline recognises all 46 SSIP member schemes as proof of a supplier’s health & safety competency to Stage 1 of the Construction (Design and Management) 2015 Regulations. Therefore, as a Constructionline buyer, you can be rest assured that suppliers who have been assessed and accredited by an SSIP member scheme, have met the required levels of competency to provide specific services.
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