When SMAS signed up as a registered member of SSiP and joined other organisations as a Member Scheme, we committed to the overall aims of the system to which we subscribed. That is – to actively drive out unnecessary cost and confusion from the supplier health and safety assessment requirement and help to reduce the administrative burden of multiple assessments by enabling effective cross-recognition of the SMAS Worksafe certificate against alternative SSiP Scheme certification e.g. CHAS and Safecontractor.
We fully committed to this vision and have operated since with SSiP’s core philosophy at the centre of our decision-making around the approach we take to assessments and our fees.
As with any system setup to enable savings in industry, there is a clear expectation to see those savings passed down to all parties involved; especially to those who are directly the cost bearers of a particular process; which in this instance are the contractors required to demonstrate H&S systems at prequalification and to multiple clients.
SSiP enables real savings to contractors on the ground. SSiP mutual recognition offers a real opportunity for SMAS and other Member Schemes to do just that.
SMAS take a practical approach to assessments. This is influenced heavily by the virtues of SSiP and our commitment to provide a genuine value-for-money service to our members and to enable direct savings to the front-line construction industry.
Other Schemes charge as much, or in some cases more, for organisations to request mutual recognition, rather than complete a full assessment with them. SMAS do not feel this is either fair or proportionate to the work involved in processing this request.
We have therefore committed to a much smaller fee for mutual recognition which covers the basic administrative costs involved in processing this registration for you. This means that if you have a Client who requires SMAS Worksafe and you already hold an SSiP certificate with another Scheme, then you only pay a reduced fee to register with SMAS, reducing the time involved to satisfy your Client but also helping you achieve significant cost savings too.
If your organisation holds an SSiP certificate with another Member Scheme, then you simply pay a lower cost and undertake a quick registration process in order to achieve SMAS Worksafe accreditation.
This means that for a discounted price you can benefit from: