Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)
The CHAS management team are pleased to announce their founder membership status of the SSIP.
More detail can be found on the SSIP website www.ssip.org.uk. What this page aims to provide is some brief background information
to CHAS' involvement in the Forum and what it means to our members (buyers) and our registered contractors and consultants - the suppliers.
SSIP Mission Statement
"Our mission is to act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between
health and safety assessment schemes wherever it is practicable to do so"
What does CHAS have to do to be an SSIP Member?
For us to achieve and maintain our SSIP registration we, like other schemes - including new
ones as they join - must demonstrate and maintain the standards required by HSE through
an annual independent third-party audit. The audit is in two parts, we must demonstrate
quality management to ISO 9001 standard and health and safety pre-qualification to the
HSE approved standard.
What can client users (buyers) expect?
An important feature of SSIP is the HSE’s message that a buyer can be confident a supplier
who is registered or accredited as compliant or approved with an SSIP member has been
assessed to the threshold standard (stage 1). The buyer having verified their status will only
then need to focus on the project or job specific assessment (stage 2). When tendering
for work many existing CHAS buyers require suppliers to be CHAS registered and will
advertise “CHAS or equivalent”. If a supplier tenders for work with a buyer as an ‘equivalent’
you need not ask them to register with CHAS - simply accept their SSIP equivalence,
having first verified with the SSIP scheme member that it remains valid. Of course from a
supply chain management point of view, you may wish to have the supplier register with CHAS.
Non-CHAS scheme registered buyer.
A supplier registered with CHAS may give you a copy of their CHAS registration letter, their
certificate of accreditation or their database user ID. You should contact us by email (
firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will verify their
status with you as soon as we can. Remember that any further assessment on this supplier by you,
needs to only focus on the second stage (project or job specific) assessment. If you wish to have
access to the audit trail and history of this supplier you may consider joining the CHAS scheme
(there is no cost to you). By accepting CHAS compliance as a ‘deem to satisfy’, both you and
the supplier will save time and resources. The supplier won’t have to complete an application
and provide evidence and you won’t have the time consuming task of assessing it.
SSIP assessments are all judged on core criteria approved by HSE. These core criteria
describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety
law. The Core Criteria were published by HSE in Appendix 4 of the CDM 2007 Approved
Code of Practice. With the new CDM 2015 Regulations, there is no immediate publication of
an Approved Code of Practice, and the SSIP Forum have agreed to adopt the Core Criteria
to become part of the SSIP Rules and Bylaws.
What can CHAS registered suppliers expect?
Registration with other scheme members
‘Deem to satisfy’ may not always be fully reciprocated amongst all SSIP members. Exor
Management Services accept CHAS fully but have some additional criteria that is required
by the client. Constructionline will accept an SSIP registration in full, but as they do not
carry out assessments themselves, it cannot be reciprocated. The service levels for existing
members (buyers) and new ones as they join are described in detail on the SSIP web site at
By all supply chains
Suppliers should not expect everyone to accept ‘deem to satisfy’ overnight. There are many
supply chain managers who will need to be convinced they can place their trust in what we
are doing. However, suppliers have a role to play when asked to complete a health and
safety PQQ by a non-SSIP member. As a CHAS registered supplier please ask the buyer if
they know about the SSIP Forum. If they do not, ask them to consider visiting the web site at
www.ssip.org.uk where they will see this HSE supported initiative. This means they can trust
your third-party (CHAS) registration, which will save everyone valuable time and resources.
CHAS is fully committed to the principles of SSIP.
Only through schemes such as SSIP can the construction industry hope to reduce (the
estimated) hundreds of millions of pounds wasted each year by procurers “doing their own
thing” in health and safety prequalification.