The MSL Safepartner scheme has 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).
Registered members of the SSiP forum must adopt the SSiP core criteria for use in all health & safety assessments of construction related organisations. The auditor seeks evidence of the following key points:
- Health & Safety policy and organisation for H&S
- Health & Safety arrangements
- Competent advice – corporate and construction related
- Training & information
- Individual qualifications & experience
- Monitoring, audit and review
- Workforce involvement
- Accident reporting and enforcement action; follow up investigation
- Sub contracting / consulting procedures (if applicable)
- Hazard elimination and risk control
- Risk assessment leading to a safe system of work
- Co-operating with others and coordinating your work with other contractors
- Welfare provision
Other aspects of the audit include the Deem to Satisfy process. In effect, how the scheme accepts another schemes’ approval, and a review of the quality management process operated by the scheme.
The SSiP Forum will:
- Act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.
- Actively advise and influence clients about acceptable interpretation and appropriateness of health and safety competence standards in UK schemes.
- Embrace the SSIP core criteria for the demonstration of competence/capability or the health & safety module in PAS 91 as its threshold requirement.
The SSiP forum is actively reducing health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible, and highlighting the savings to buyers and suppliers. SSIP member schemes have fully committed to the vision of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessment, and SSIP’s core philosophy is to enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes.
To find out more about SSiP follow this link:
If you are interested in becoming an MSL Safepartner see here.