Welcome to the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP Forum) website. Where safety is at the heart of procurement.
Over the last 6 years, SSIP activity has increasingly been able to cut health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain. With the ever-present prospect of government legislation to reduce wasteful and excessive procedures, SSIP is concentrating on making cross-recognition of member schemes as effective as possible, and on highlighting the resulting savings to the supply chain. We are pleased to report that assessment by a member of SSIP has been specifically highlighted as a key route to health and safety certification in the 2013 edition of the Government-backed construction pre-qualification document PAS 91.
Ultimately, the success of cross-recognition will depend on the understanding and behaviour of clients, main contractors and other buyers. By making information about a supplier's SSIP certification available to buyers, we are further challenging requirements for suppliers to subscribe to multiple competence schemes, and further supporting SSIP's core philosophy of enabling cross-recognition between existing schemes.
From April 2015, SSIP adopted what was known as ‘CDM CORE criteria’ into our terms of reference, meaning that there will continue to be a common baseline requirement when assessing a company’s organisational capability – SSIP CORE Criteria.
In support of the continued development and growth of SSIP, the web portal, hosting all companies that have been assessed by a member scheme, is now free to access and will continue to go through stages of development in order to improve the level of functionality and improve user experiences.
We are keen to work with any buyer who would like to know more about the benefits of recognising suppliers who are already assessed by SSIP members.
On this site, you will also find an SSIP comments form. You are encouraged to tell us about your experience of cross-recognition, and associated issues, as supported by SSIP. SSIP member schemes have fully committed to the vision of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of health and safety assessment. Your factual comments on how we are doing are a vital contribution to our continual improvement.
Paul Reeve, Acting Chairman