MSL are proud to announce that the MSL Safepartner scheme has once again successfully renewed its membership to the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) forum following completion of their annual audit.

The annual independent SSiP audit focuses on the schemes health & safety assessments and how it complies with the requirements of SSiP Terms of Reference (ToR’s), Codes of Practice (CoP’s) and Deem to Satisfy (DTS).

SSIP assessments are all judged on core criteria approved by HSE. These core criteria describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety law. The Core Criteria were published by HSE in Appendix 4 of the CDM 2007 Approved Code of Practice. With the new CDM 2015 Regulations, there is no immediate publication of an Approved Code of Practice, and the SSIP Forum have agreed to adopt the Core Criteria to become part of the SSIP Terms of Reference.

Importantly, the SSIP Forum will work to actively advise and influence clients (buyers) on acceptable interpretation and appropriateness of health and safety competence/capability standards in the UK. Both public and private sector clients (buyers) who run their own approved or preferred list of contractors require contractors and consultants wishing to be placed on those lists to have their health and safety competence assessed at the prequalification stage. This places a time-consuming and costly burden on all parties involved which is further exacerbated by the number of times a business is required to go through repeated pre-qualification.

If you are interested in becoming an MSL Safepartner see here.