LPP Announce Support for Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)

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Did you know that London Procurement Partnership (LPP) are a Supporter Member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)?

We’re pleased to renew our status as a Supporter Member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) for another year. Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) acts as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes wherever it is practicable to do so at Pre-qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) stage.

What does this mean for me as a supplier or a buyer?

SSIP removes the need for contractors and consultants to undergo multiple health and safety assessments and encourages mutual recognition between its member schemes. This helps us to make the PQQ process as straight forward as possible for suppliers and keeps the amount of paperwork you need to fill in, to a minimum.

As a buyer, this means that you can accept a valid certification based on an assessment by any of the SSIP Forum Member Schemes as having met the Core Criteria (with the exception of Constructionline, which does not carry out health and safety assessments to the Core Criteria).

How are they working together?

  • By being a supporter member it means we can influence the direction of the SSIP programme as part of their forum. The SSIP Forum works to:
  • Encourage and maximise mutual recognition between SSIP member schemes where it is practicable to do so.
  • Operate a robust and consistent Deemed to Satisfy (DtS) agreement between SSIP member schemes that is clear and transparent.
  • Provide confidence in first stage safety capability assessments by developing the SSIP core criteria and ensuring a consistent, reliable and quality-controlled standard of assessment via qualified, competent, assessors.
  • Help and encourage buyers to recognise SSIP and its aims and objectives, and to specify and recognise SSIP member schemes in general, rather than a specific scheme provider.
  • Help buyers and suppliers to achieve value for money through avoiding unnecessary duplication or differing Health & Safety assessment requirements, wherever possible.
  • Demonstrate savings made to buyers and suppliers as a result of SSIP activity.
  • Promote appropriate core criteria in non-construction works.
  • Promote the work and value of SSIP.
  • Actively encourage the standardisation of prequalification criteria including PAS 91, and other common industry standards.

You can find out more about SSIP by visiting their website.