SSIP is the industry-leading standard of health and safety accreditation in procurement.
With SSIP accreditation, as a contractor, you can:
- Protect your employees and the public from harm
- Improve your credibility as a contractor and win more tenders
- Get pre-qualified for contract opportunities with over 2000 clients
- Cut out assessment duplication and slash the costs of contract bidding
Work with CHAS to secure your SSIP accreditation and save time completing multiple pre-qualification questionnaires with different assessment bodies.
What Is SSIP?
SSIP — which stands for Safety Schemes in Procurement — is not an accreditation in itself. SSIP is an umbrella organisation that pulls together several different health and safety schemes and combines them to create a single accreditation process: SSIP accreditation.
SSIP is approved and recognised by the Health and Safety Executive.
CHAS is a founding member of the SSIP community, having been a part of its inception in May 2009. We are an award-winning assessment body that can support your SSIP accreditation process. Reach out to our team to discuss how we can help you get SSIP accreditation.
How Does SSIP Accreditation Work?
You do not apply for SSIP accreditation from SSIP directly. Instead, SSIP sets out the core criteria of their umbrella accreditation schemes. Assessment bodies that are members of SSIP — like SSIP founding member CHAS — then provide an accreditation programme that meets those core criteria.
As a contractor, you do not need to join SSIP to obtain SSIP accreditation. You can achieve SSIP accreditation by working with an SSIP member like CHAS and completing your SSIP accreditation assessment scheme with us.
When you work with CHAS to achieve SSIP accreditation, you not only get your valuable SSIP assessment, but you also get access to our membership portal. This includes a range of perks, from discounts and reward programs to access to exclusive tender opportunities.
How To Get Your SSIP Accreditation With CHAS
As a founding member of SSIP, there are few better placed and qualified to help you achieve your SSIP accreditation than CHAS.
The CHAS Health and Safety Assessment provides a thorough review of your health and safety policies and procedures. By completing and passing this assessment, you will gain recognition across the SSIP member community and the wider construction industry.
If you have any questions about our health and safety assessment schemes, you can always get in touch with our friendly team of health and safety professionals. We know completing SSIP accreditation can feel like a complicated and daunting process, but we’re here to help explain all the details and make it easy for you.
Why Choose CHAS For Your SSIP Accreditation?
There are lots of reasons to choose CHAS as your SSIP accreditation service.
- Fast-track accreditation – Get accredited in Days!
- Award-winning service – Industry-leaders in H&S.
- SSIP Founding Member – Providing SSIP for 12 years.
You’ll also gain access to our exclusive CHAS membership scheme.
Your CHAS membership will give you access to a range of powerful benefits and perks.
Our online training materials can help you improve health and safety standards and demonstrate your compliance. We also have further access to discounted training schemes, fuel cards, and other materials.
What Is The Purpose Of SSIP?
As a single standard of health and safety accreditation, SSIP accreditation was designed to reduce duplication of assessment schemes.
Instead of using different health and safety accreditations, depending on which scheme your client requested, SSIP was founded to create a universal system that would allow contractors to bid for and work on many client projects.
Through SSIP, contracts can access a wider range of jobs without wasting resources on completing almost identical health and safety risk assessments.
Important Facts To Know About SSIP
When working to achieve your SSIP accreditation, there are a few important facts you should keep in mind:
- To ensure SSIP accreditation remains a valuable source of risk assessment, contractors must undergo a renewal process once every year. This helps demonstrate that you continue to uphold the standards required to achieve SSIP accreditation. One of the benefits of CHAS membership is a streamlined SSIP renewal process, giving contractors a faster way to review, update and re-submit their SSIP documentation.
- If you achieve your SSIP accreditation with another SSIP member, you can still take advantage of other SSIP contractor membership opportunities. SSIP assessment members have agreed to accept SSIP accreditation achieved elsewhere. This means that if you already have SSIP accreditation, you can join CHAS through “deem to satisfy” and reap the rewards of CHAS membership without having to retake your SSIP assessment. Conversely, once you have CHAS accreditation, you’ll have satisfied the criteria for all other SSIP members’ schemes — you won’t need to complete multiple accreditations.
- The Common Assessment Standard is the most comprehensive risk assessment accreditation scheme available for contractors. It covers 12 points of risk assessment, including health and safety. Suppose you achieve SSIP now and apply for the Common Assessment Standard later. In that case your SSIP accreditation will allow you to pass the health and safety section of the Common Assessment Standard automatically.
- At CHAS, all three of our accreditation packages — CHAS Standard, CHAS Advanced and CHAS Elite — automatically come with SSIP included.
Benefits Of SSIP: How Safety Schemes In Procurement Can Help Your Business
SSIP accreditation provides essential benefits for your contractor business that can help you grow and improve performance.
- Demonstrate your health and safety compliance — SSIP accreditation allows you to demonstrate your compliance with health and safety legislation and regulations. By becoming SSIP accredited, you can show how effectively you manage risk and safeguard your workforce. Because SSIP accreditation is one of the most valued and widely recognised health and safety assessment schemes available to contractors, holding SSIP accreditation promises to support your efforts to appease regulatory authorities.
- Secure more work opportunities — SSIP accreditation can boost your professional standing and credibility. When you apply for contracts, you can show clients you’re taking risk assessment and health and safety seriously. This is likely to make your contract bids more valuable and increases your chances of winning tenders. Many clients will even require SSIP accreditation for tender pre-qualification. The result is that if you have SSIP accreditation, you’ll be able to secure more work for your contractor business, whether through impressing clients or simply gaining access to their contracts.
- Save time and money on your risk assessment process — The primary aim of SSIP was to introduce a health and safety assessment system that reduced the overall costs of the assessment process by removing duplication and thus saving businesses time and money. SSIP accreditation has achieved what it set out to do. You won’t need to apply for multiple accreditations if you have SSIP, saving massive amounts of administration resources.
Join CHAS With SSIP Data Portability (Deem To Satisfy)
Have you already completed your SSIP accreditation with another scheme? You can still join CHAS through our ‘deem to satisfy’ process. Get in touch with our team, let them know you already have SSIP accreditation, and we’ll talk about your available options for becoming a fully accredited CHAS member. This includes access to all our membership benefits.
No need to apply for more accreditation. No need to submit more assessment documents.
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CHAS Membership Benefits for Contractors
Gain pre-qualification for projects with 2,500+ of CHAS clients
Comply with mandated risk mitigation requirements to reassure prospective clients and secure exclusive CHAS membership benefits that could save your company hundreds of pounds a year, including tailored business insurance, fuel discounts, e-learning training and Business Shield support.
Gain certification under the CHAS Common Assessment Standard scheme and study a wide range of compliance certification modules, including Health and Safety, Environmental, Equality and Diversity, Financial and Business Standing and more.
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