A recent survey of 900 contractors has revealed an increase in the number of construction companies taking up health and safety accreditation through Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).
SSIP is an umbrella organisation that aims to remove the need for contractors to join multiple health and safety accreditation schemes. This means that by recognising accreditations from any SSIP member, clients can be suitably assured that contractors have met stage one of health and safety standards.
The survey, carried out by Constructionline showed that the number of construction companies signed up to an SSIP health and safety accreditation scheme has increased by more than 50 per cent in the last year. This has resulted in multi-million pound savings across the industry, with over £36 million saved by Constructionline registered contractors alone. These findings come as Acclaim, Constructionline’s own health and safety scheme and SSIP member, reaches 2000 members since its launch in May 2012. Further more, there have been over 12,800 suppliers assessed for SSIP health and safety schemes.
The research of nearly 900 construction companies found that 78 per cent have heard of SSIP, and 96 per cent of those are currently signed up to one of the 38 schemes available.
This is a significant improvement on the previous year, where only 50 per cent of construction companies surveyed by Constructionline had heard of SSIP and only half of those were signed up to a health and safety scheme.
Philip Prince, Sales and Marketing Director at Constructionline, comments;
“In these difficult economic times, construction companies are increasingly aware of the burden that the pre-qualification process has on their resources. This is why we have developed Acclaim, which offers a ‘one stop’ pre-qualification service, allowing contractors to become health and safety assessed as part of their Constructionline membership. Furthermore, as part of our overall mission to reduce unnecessary duplication, Constructionline has been working with suppliers and buyers to explain the benefits of SSIP. As reflected in the survey findings, this is making a positive impact with many buyers now adopting SSIP principles and an increasing number of contractors are signing up to Acclaim or another SSIP member scheme.”
Paul Reeve, past chairman of SSIP and head of business policy at the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), which is an active supporter of SSIP, said;
“We are seeing increased awareness of SSIP among contractors, as Constructionline’s survey demonstrates, and more public and private sector clients are following good procurement practice by recognising health and safety competent contractors via SSIP member schemes. With tens of thousands of contractors signed up to SSIP member schemes and more buyers keen to improve their own health and safety processes, multi-million pound savings are already being made across the industry, by reducing procurement costs and bureaucracy.”
Constructionline is committed to reducing the bureaucracy involved in the pre-qualification process, which is why it took the decision to invest heavily in offering Acclaim. As a founder member of SSIP, Constructionline has adopted a considered approach to develop a health and safety scheme that is directly aligned with SSIP principles and that minimises the amount of administration placed on contractors. Acclaim offers a straightforward and transparent health and safety assessment with a 12 point question set. Furthermore, a simple fee structure commensurate with construction companies’ annual turnover is offered, with no hidden extras.
ASW Property Services Ltd, a Welsh maintenance and refurbishment company registered with Constructionline, was one of the first companies to sign up to Acclaim and achieve SSIP status. Ian James, technical director at ASW commented:
“Procurement for public sector works can be a time consuming and resource intensive process for smaller companies like us. This is why Constructionline and SSIP membership via Acclaim has been a big help to us at the pre-qualification stage as a large number of public bodies now recognise these – meaning less time wasted filling repetitive questionnaires. Using Acclaim has reduced a lot of hassle from the pre-qualification process, allowing us to focus both time and resources on business development with new clients in new sectors.”
Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) can help you access more suppliers assessed to CDM 2007 Health & Safety standards.
Constructionline lists nearly 8,000 suppliers who have been assessed by one SSIP member or another - and as usual, buyer access is FREE. By recognising SSIP, you don’t have to limit your choice to one H&S assessment scheme.
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