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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Basic accreditation is not enough for some
    Although the HSE thought it had simplified the basic checks part of the contractor selection process in 2015, this accreditation is not enough for some companies. What’s going on and should you consider asking for more?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - SSIP is taking months - can it be done quicker?
    It’s come to light that obtaining a Safety Schemes in Procurement certificate can take many months. Are there ways of getting through the process more quickly?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Tough examination of your arrangements
    If you’re planning to go through a Safety Schemes in Procurement application, expect to be asked to produce evidence of how you manage safety risks and more. What will you need to have in place?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Q&A - must we check our contractors?
    Q&A - must we check our contractors?..Q. We are about to appoint a builder to complete a refurbishment project at our premises. We’ve been told that we should complete checks on their health and safety arrangements before we sign on the dotted line. Must we do this and, if so, what should we be looking at? A. You have a legal obligation to ensure that any contractors you appoint are competent to complete the tasks asked of them in a safe manner. As many companies have found to their cost, if they appoint...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety Documents - Step-by-step contractor selection
    When appointing maintenance or construction contractors, you must ensure that they’re competent to do the job. Follow our flow chart to ensure that your selection process is compliant.
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - What information do you need to get together?
    If you work on sites controlled by others, you may be asked to go through a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) accreditation process. Use our new checklist to help you.
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Constructionline system issues
    Constructionline system issues..All new. If you’ve logged on to Constructionline or the Acclaim health and safety assessment portal, you will have noticed that the system has been significantly updated. However, although the new front end is much easier on the eye, it contains IT gremlins in the back end. In fact, it has so many it can be almost impossible to use. What happens? Problems reported to us by subscribers include: system freezes, being locked out, almost impossible to upload information and because...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Accreditation isn’t given away
    Contractors are likely to find it tougher than ever to pass a Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) accreditation process. Why has it become more difficult and is this necessarily a bad thing?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Make sure it’s signed
    Make sure it’s signed..Very particular. If you’re submitting information such as your health and safety policy, risk assessments, etc. to a Safety Schemes in Procurement accreditation body, such as Safecontractor, you must ensure that the documents are hand signed. If they’re not, expect them to be sent back. Warning. Typing in a name won’t work. You need to have a hand written signature in the box for the document to be accepted. .If you’re submitting documents to organisations such as Safecontractor,...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Q&A - must we gain numerous accreditations?
    Q&A - must we gain numerous accreditations?..Q. We were under the impression that the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) changed the rules with regard to contractor selection. We thought that if we passed one Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) assessment, then we didn’t need to go through the rigmarole of obtaining another one. However, a number of our clients see things differently. What should we do? A. Firstly, you’re correct, CDM 2015 quite clearly states that if you...
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