Supply Chain Management/Contractor Pre-qualification
Under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) there is a requirement for anybody employing or engaging a supplier to carry out construction work to take reasonable steps to ensure they have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil the role, or if they are an organisation, the organisational capability.
A simple cost and time effective way of discharging this duty is to use a third party health and safety assessment scheme to assess the organisational capability of businesses they intend to engage. Eurosafe UK undertake contractor pre-qualification exercises for a number of organisations via our CDM Competent Pre-qualification Scheme which is widely recognised throughout the construction industry.
We are members of the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum – an umbrella body supported by the Health and Safety Executive which ensures that member schemes recognise each other’s pre-qualification assessments by means of a ‘deem to satisfy’ or mutual recognition arrangement. This means that once you are approved by one of the scheme providers then the other scheme members of SSIP must accept this accreditation without requiring the supplier to undertake another assessment exercise in full to access their scheme. In addition the SSIP Forum’s member schemes are audited by SSIP to ensure they comply with health and safety core assessment criteria which have been recognised by the HSE (and which are consistent with the health and safety module in Publicly Available Specification PAS 91).
For more information regarding the SSIP Forum please visit www.ssip.org.uk.
By using a third party assessment scheme to manage your supply chain and carry out ‘Stage 1’ assessments you will save time and resources, allowing you to concentrate on the more job specific ‘Stage 2’ assessment – basically checking they have skills and experience in the type of work you intend to engage them to undertake.
Why are we different?
We pride ourselves on building excellent working relationships with our Clients and as such we are able to offer a comprehensive service including CDM Consultancy, Site Safety Inspections and many other services. Pre-qualification assessment is the first stage in assessing a suppliers’ competency. By using other Eurosafe services in tandem with the CDM Competent contractor assessment process our Clients are able to monitor contractor’s working practices on site, designers risk management processes and other aspects of CDM 2015 compliance. If you are interested in our consultancy services please click on the link below.
Eurosafe UK can manage the safety of your supply chain by dealing with contractor assessments on your behalf. If you would like further information please click on the link below.
If you are a contractor or designer (supplier) then instead of completing numerous pre-qualification questionnaires when tendering for work, you can use an SSIP member scheme to carry out an assessment of your organisational capability. By being successfully assessed and gaining an SSIP member scheme accreditation you are able to evidence to potential clients that you have met the Core Criteria as recognised by the HSE. Any supplier who has been successfully assessed by an SSIP member scheme will appear on the SSIP Portal (www.ssipportal.org.uk). The portal provides a free search facility to verify whether a business has undergone an assessment by one of the SSIP member schemes.
Eurosafe UK CDM Competent is an approved SSIP member scheme. We were one the first scheme members to join following the establishment of the Forum in 2009. We assess the roles of Contractor, Principal Contractor, Designer and Principal Designer. We are able to carry out an assessment of your health and safety procedures or we can offer Mutual Recognition ‘Deem to Satisfy’ arrangements if you already hold another SSIP accreditation. If you would like further information regarding our scheme please click on the link below.