Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) is an umbrella organisation that was created to make sure there is a mutual understanding between different Health & Safety schemes, so there is consistency among companies with regards to the standard of their Health & Safety.
SSIP has streamlined the process from buyers, suppliers and companies by providing an automatic prequalification for contractors within each sector. Gaining an SSIP certificate allows you to show high levels of Health & Safety compliance and is a simple way to prove that your company takes this very seriously.
As of today, having an SSIP certificate is not compulsory for every contractor, so what benefits are you missing out on if you don’t have one?
Not having an SSIP certificate in place could leave some employers in sticky situations should something happen on one of your sites or to one of your employees.
Having an SSIP certificate means your business has a recognised standard for Health & Safety. This gives you as an employer the peace of mind that your business has the correct procedures in place to reduce the risk to employees as well as others that may be impacted by your services.
It also shows potential employees that you have made sure that their safety is important to you as their employer, giving them an assurance that the conditions they’re working in are safe and they have an employer who cares for their wellbeing.
No matter if you’re a large business or a one-man band, working for the likes of Redrow, Taylor Wimpey or Midas requires you to have an SSIP certificate. Large housebuilding companies do this so they can make sure that all the sub-contractors they hire are up to a certain level because they can’t afford to take risks on the job not being completed, delaying their project and costing them more money.
If you have an SSIP certificate you are showing clients that your business meets globally recognised standards and will allow you to work on large projects, meaning you have reassurance in not only being paid on completion of the work but also a potential for more work.
By gaining a certificate, you will not only be able to work on housebuilding companies’ sites but also make yourself visible through the SSIP and SMAS Portal. So, if a potential client needs a contractor for their site, they can search for SSIP accredited businesses in their area. They can then view the levels of compliance you hold (beyond just Health & Safety) and get in contact with you about work.
Having SSIP is also a great way to market your business. Being approved allows you to show customers and clients that you take Health & Safety seriously and have gone through the process to make sure that you are compliant - which is definitely something you should shout about.
You can gain your SSIP certificate through our SMAS Worksafe Accreditation! To find out more about how Citation can help, simply email our dedicated professional, by emailing email@example.com or giving us a call on 0161 504 0843.