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Business owners and decision-makers may ask why they should have an SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) Certificate. Holding an SSIP certificate shows that you meet the current legislation by complying with the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).
There are many benefits to having an SSIP certificate; below, are just a few.
Holding an SSIP certification ensures that an organisation is committed to and has suitable arrangements to protect the health and safety of its employees, workers, and contractors. This assurance holds significant weight with potential clients looking to work with contractors.
When a client is looking for a company to carry out work for them, they will go through a pre-qualifying assessment, of which a percentage is covered in the SSIP assessment, reducing the time and cost needed to carry out this assessment.
Suppliers will save time on lengthy competitive tender completions and the ability to skip reams of pages on pre-qualification questionnaires by using your SSIP certificate as evidence of your health and safety qualification and professionalism. The SSIP scheme has already saved suppliers £279m.
Going through the SSIP assessment can find gaps within your systems that you can close and increase your health and safety effectiveness.
If you want to achieve ISO 45001 the SSIP is a good starting point as this will cover a lot of the basics that you need to accomplish this.
Holding an SSIP certificate can open up new opportunities for your company, as this would improve your market visibility by being discoverable on the SSIP portal. It will also give your business a competitive edge and win new contracts with customers, including works in the public sector.
So, whether you are a sole trader, have 1,000 employees, or work onsite or offsite, the benefits of having an SSIP certificate outweigh not having it.
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