1Where do I get an ‘SSIP’ certificate from?
SSIP do not issue certificates to suppliers – if you have been asked for an SSIP certificate you need to select from our Registered Members to determine the appropriate scheme for your business. All Assessments undertaken by Registered Members are in line with the SSIP Core Criteria ensuring the same standards are assessed.
2Why does the SSIP Portal not tell me which scheme originally assessed the supplier?
SSIP is based on ‘Mutual Recognition’ of schemes so the original assessment scheme should not be significant.
3Is SSIP an assessment scheme with assessors of its own?
No. SSIP is the umbrella organisation for a number of assessment schemes. SSIP ensures that all member schemes assess to the same standard.
4Will the SSIP Portal provide me with a list of contractors I can use for a particular task?
The portal is not designed as a contractor search engine; it is designed simply to identify and verify that a company of a certain name has been successfully assessed and approved by a SSIP member scheme against SSIP Core Criteria H&S questions.
5I need to appoint a Principal Designer. Is an SSIP approval all I need to make the appointment?
The SSIP approval can be a useful starting point but, you as the client must consider and assess if they have the skills, knowledge and experience in the areas of construction you are dealing with.
6We currently do our own PQQ assessments, why should we accept an SSIP certificate?
PQQ assessments take time and need to be carried out consistently. SSIP Member schemes require that assessors are appropriately trained and have the necessary experience so SSIP assessments are performed consistently, and to a widely accepted standard. By accepting an SSIP assessment certificate, you can use your resources for essential activity such as making project-specific health and safety enquiries.
7We currently ask additional questions over and above those asked by SSIP schemes. Will SSIP ask these for us?
No. SSIP covers essential H&S questions. You may want to accept an SSIP certificate as evidence that the H&S section of your questions have been covered, and ask your own additional questions as you see fit.
8Do other companies supply assessment services that are not covered by the SSIP umbrella?
Yes, but as these companies are not bound by, or audited against, the SSIP rules and Bylaws it may be difficult to assess the value of what they provide.
9How much does it cost to become an SSIP supporter Member?
Supporter membership is free!
10Are we as a supporter expected to attend promotions or other meetings?
You can attend the Full Forum Meetings to hear the latest updates and you’ll be asked to help promote the aims and benefits of recognising SSIP assessments. Having your name and logo against the aims of the organisation will help spread the SSIP message and its benefits.
11We talk to other organisations similar to ourselves. They have an approved supplier list already. What is to stop us mutually recognising suppliers assessed by them?
This would be your decision. However, can you be sure that the other organisation assesses suppliers to the standard you expect? Do they formally re assess at a regular interval and are their assessors trained and experienced.
12We currently recognise Constructionline assessments, are SSIP part of Constructionline?
No Constructionline, are a founder member of SSIP, they recognise and accept a SSIP certificate as meeting the H&S requirements in its registration form. However, Constructionline does not carry out any SSIP H&S assessments.
13How will changes to PAS 91 and ISO 45001 affect SSiP?
SSIP as a group are actively participating in the revision consultation for PAS 91. The H&S questions in PAS 91 are likely to match the SSIP core Criteria questions. The publication of ISO 45001 as a replacement for BS OHSAS 18001 is not expected to have any significant impact on the SSIP H&S standards.
14Can anyone with a BS OHSAS 18001 certificate get an SSIP deemed to satisfy certificate
No. The OHSAS 18001 certification body must have UKAS registration or equivalent, and be an SSIP member and must have undertaken an assessment of the SSIP Core Criteria during the 18001-audit stage. This is because Assessors and auditors performing reviews and audits need to be trained to defined and accepted standards.
15Can SSIP provide a spokesperson to talk to our procurement team about SSiP?
SSIP have made presentation to IOSH regional meetings, Constructionline Meet the Buyer events and regularly discuss the benefits with potential stakeholders - We are always happy to spread the message of mutual recognition and the cost savings that provides for Contractors and buyers alike.