Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP)

SSIP is an umbrella organisation facilitating mutual recognition of health and safety assessments between SSIP registered scheme members. It is often a pre-requisite for the construction industry, particularly amongst principal contractors, contractors, designers and CDM co-ordinators. 

SSIP assessment

SSIP’s assessment criteria is based on demonstrating health and safety competence in relation to construction regulations. However the core criteria can be equally relevant to non-construction related companies. It shows that assessed organization’s have the health and safety arrangements to carry out the work safely and without risk to people’s health. The company’s capabilities are reviewed overtime along with their ability to manage associated risks. 

SSIP and OHSAS 18001

SSIP has a forum of members who are formally assessed to make sure they can deliver certification against these requirements. BSI as an accredited UK certification body is an SSIP registered scheme member for assessing to the SSIP standard within an OHSAS 18001 third-party audit. The SSIP criteria is aligned to the international standard OHSAS 18001 and therefore, as long as an SSIP trained assessor undertakes the third-party audit and recommends registration you will receive a BS OHSAS 18001 certificate with the SSIP logo.

All clients certified by BSI for BS OHSAS 18001 and the SSIP Scheme will automatically have their registration details entered in to the SSIP Portal (, designed to provide potential customers with search facility to identify potential contractors with current health and safety approval from an SSIP Forum Registered Scheme Member.

Applications for SSIP

When you start discussions on BS OHSAS 18001 please let the advisor know your intent to get SSIP included in your scope. This allows us to allocate the trained assessor to your visits and include the small administration fee within the initial quotation – helping to give you visibility from the outset. 

If you are an existing client of ours who has already achieved OHSAS 18001 certification and would now like the SSIP recognition please contact us to make your request. For a small administration fee we will re-issue an updated certificate as an administrative change and ensure a SSIP trained assessor assesses your organization going forward.