If you have been advised to join a pre-qualification scheme, or are thinking of being assessed to help ensure that you are meeting basic health and safety standards – then contacting an SSIP Forum member is a very sensible first step.
SSIP for Contractors:
Whilst some Client still complete these Stage 1 assessments in-house, many now simply ask contractors to supply a valid and in date certificate issued by an SSIP Member Scheme.
As such, an SSIP Member Scheme certificate will be recognised by many Clients within the Construction Industry, Councils and Government bodies. In addition, it will also be recognised by other SSIP Member Schemes offering two way recognition meaning that you should not have to complete full H&S assessment questionnaires for such Schemes.
Accreditation for Contractors and Consultants
Gaining an SSIP Member Scheme certificate is a powerful tool in securing new business faster for contractors, allowing the contractor to concentrate on the project or job specific tasks whilst reassuring clients that the contractor has met the necessary Stage 1 requirements.
Pre-qualification support and guidance with IMSM means that when you are being assessed to a recognised Stage 1 standard (as set out within the CDM 2007 Core Criteria) you are fully prepared.
Numerous industry pre-qualification schemes exist, which though necessary, can be a huge source of duplication and frustration, acting as a barrier to growth for many contractors. IMSM can reduce significantly the costs required from businesses working to improve health and safety.
IMSM work to actively reduce the time taken to progress through stage 1 assessments, working to ensure that you fill in fewer health and safety assessments and maximise opportunities for increased exposure and recognition afforded by an SSIP Member Scheme certificate.
Hold OHSAS 18001 but need SSIP?
Save time gaining an SSIP Member Scheme certificate and avoid completing numerous pre-qualification schemes
If you hold an OHSAS 18001 certification through IMSM and require an SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) Member Scheme certificate, IMSM can support you to Stage 1 without additional audits.
IMSM work closely with Safety Management Advisory Services Ltd (SMAS), who offer the SMAS Worksafe Contractor and SMAS Worksafe Consultant Schemes. We have found that the Scheme offers a fast, efficient and cost effective way of demonstrating your Health and Safety competence and gaining a nationally recognised H&S certificate from a SSIP Member Scheme.
Fast and straightforward processes
IMSM will support your pre-application through to the assessment process, providing on site and telephone support. Many applications pass first time, but if for any reason you do not meet the criteria we will provide guidance on exactly what additional information is required. SMAS will re-assess your application at no further cost, provided the additional information is provided promptly.
Benefits of obtaining a SMAS Worksafe Certificate
Once approved by SMAS, your certificate should be recognised by other SSIP member schemes (who offer mutual recognition) as adequate proof of meeting the Stage 1 Core Criteria, subject to completing their own verification process. Saving you both time and money.
It allows you to demonstrate your Health & Safety competence to clients increasing your chances of getting on to their preferred supplier list for tenders.
You can also proudly display the SMAS Worksafe logo on your letterheads, publicity and vehicles – showing your clients that you are serious about safety.
Why do I need to demonstrate my core Stage 1 Health and Safety competence?
Clients with duties under CDM 2007 must satisfy themselves that the businesses they engage or appoint are competent. This means that they must make reasonable enquiries to check that the organisation or individual has an appropriate Health and Safety management system in place and is competent to do the relevant work.
How long will the SMAS Worksafe Certificate last?
The Certificate will last for 12 months from the date of assessment.
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