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How to source reliable contractors?

Finding reliable contractors is the one area in which all clients and house-builders need to get right. Having issues in your supply chain means work may be finished to a poor standard which will cost you time and money, neither of which will be something you can do when you’re pushed for time to get deadlines met.

The positive sides to finding a good contractor are often great, once the relationship and trust between you has been built you will have often found someone for future projects that you know you can rely on and over time this can lead to a group of contractors that you can use over and over on all your sites.

So how do you find good contractors?


One of the first areas to look out for clients is via an accreditation portal such as the SMAS Worksafe portal or SSIP portal.  If you’re a client that requires contractors to be accredited to a specific level, then going to a portal is the best starting place.

Once you’re in the portal you can now start to refine your search by the trades you require and look for other areas of compliance that you might require, such as environmental or quality management. We recommended choosing businesses with quality management systems in place, a business that is driven by high-quality work is often likely going to save you time in any snagging processes and are less likely to need their work to be redone due to poor standards.



Contractor and client networking event

Another way to find contractors is through networking at events such as Construction Connects, hosted by SMAS Worksafe. At these ‘meet the buyer’ events, you will have the chance to attend and set up a stool for contractors to come in and talk to you about what upcoming jobs you have and what trades you’ll need for the job or future jobs.

Often these events are local to an area in which you have upcoming projects, so it is a great way for you to easily get more contractors in your contact book and that are interested in the type of work you’re offering. Attending events like this can save you a lot of time browsing portals and searching the web.


Try and find a reference

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If you have identified a few contractors that seem suitable for the role and you’re unsure as to which to go with you can ask other clients, you know or some of your current contractors to see if they have had any experience working with them on previous jobs.

You may have contractors working on your site who have experience working with them and they will be able to give you a perspective on their standards of work and how they were to work with. Bringing in a contractor that your current contractors struggle to work with could cause some delays or friction on your sites.


Do your research

The final step in your vetting process if you’re still unsure is to do your own research. Look at their website and their reviews and see if you can find any feedback or examples of jobs, they have done in the past that are similar to the one you’re asking them to do.

Not only will you be able to see their reviews and if there are any trends within their reviews, but you’ll also get a feel for the company, what are their ethos and morals? Do they demand high standards?

If you can get the process of sourcing contractors right and you’re able to build up mutual respect you might find yourself with a contractor for life. Then going forward you’ll know you can rely on them to get the work done to a high standard and in good time and develop a strong working relationship that will help both parties.

SMAS Worksafe SSIP Accreditation

SSIP accreditation: Everything you need to know

SSIP or Safety Scheme in Procurement is a standard for health & safety that is recognised throughout the United Kingdom. It was created to ensure a reduction in health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible.

SSIP is now accepted and recognised by thousands of clients across the UK, making the process for vetting contractors a simple process and there is no need to compare different standards of accreditation.

“Do I need SSIP?”

SSIP is something that any business across any industry can obtain but it is generally required for contractors in the construction industry.

The most common reason for businesses obtaining SSIP accreditation is that they work for a client requesting it as a requirement to enter and work on their site. Therefore, contractors who work with these clients are required to become accredited to work.

Although other industries might not require SSIP, businesses often take out accreditation as a good practice. It reassures business owners that their health & safety policies are of a high standard and any risks are being dealt with or reduced as much as possible. 

“How do I get SSIP accredited?”

If you’re required or want to become SSIP accredited, then you will need to find an SSIP Member Scheme that can give you a certificate once you have passed the question set.

There are 30 registered member schemes and SMAS Worksafe is one of these schemes. We help businesses obtain their SSIP certificates and help support them not just through the process but also with guidance on how they can improve their health & safety going forward.

Once all the questions have been answered and you’ve uploaded all the required information, one of our assessors will check over all the details and let you know if there are any issues with your submission. Once you have passed all the questions you will then hold an SSIP certificate which is valid for 12-months.

“What is the SSIP core criteria?”

To gain SSIP accreditation your business must be able to show that you meet the core criteria. All SSIP member schemes will require this information from you and below you can see a breakdown of what areas you will need to meet.

  1. Health & Safety policy and organisation for Health & Safety
  2. Arrangements
  3. Competent advice – corporate and construction-related
  4. Training and information
  5. Individual qualifications and experience
  6. Monitoring, audit and review
  7. Workforce involvement
  8. Accident reporting and enforcement action; follow up investigation
  9. Sub-contracting /consulting procedures (if applicable)
  10. Risk assessment leading to a safe system of work
  11. Co-operating with others and coordinating your work with that of other contractors
  12. Welfare provision

Additional Construction Sector Criteria: 

  1. Hazard elimination and risk control (Designers & Principal Designers only)
  2. Principal Designer duties (Principal Designers only)
  3. Supplementary Construction Industry Criteria (alignment with Common Assessment Standard)

“I already have an SSIP certificate, but I’m being asked for a SMAS?”

Although SSIP is recognised throughout the UK, some clients may have a preference on what scheme you hold your SSIP certificate with, for example, you might have an SSIP assessment with CHAS or Constructionline but a particular client is asking for one from SMAS Worksafe.

In this case, your best option is to take out a ‘deem to satisfy’ (DTS) with SMAS Worksafe – this is where instead of going through the full SMAS Worksafe assessment we will view your existing SSIP certificate and grant you a SMAS Worksafe accreditation without the need for a full assessment and for a reduced fee.

It’s also worth noting that if you are a contractor working for several clients asking for varied SSIP assessments, do some research into full and DTS pricing. For example, if you hold a full assessment with CHAS but require SMAS Worksafe for a client it might be cheaper to take a full assessment with SMAS Worksafe and then DTS with CHAS.

Benefits of having your SSIP accreditation with SMAS Worksafe

SMAS Worksafe are always trying to give their members the most from their SSIP assessments. We don’t want your yearly assessment to be the only time we touch bases with you and instead offer you year-round support and benefits.

SMAS Worksafe leads the way for customer service, all our expert assessors are based in-house and on the phones all day to help support you through your assessments should you need it. Lots of member schemes often outsource their assessors which can lead to the phone not being answered when you need it and inconsistent standards when going through your application.

We also lead the way in turnaround times, we can turn around your SSIP assessment in as little as 1 day. This allows you to get back on-site as soon as possible. Depending on your membership with SMAS Worksafe you may also have access to all these member benefits.

  • 10% off Tradepoint
  • 15% off all iHASCO courses
  • A Work Wallet subscription
  • Mid-year review
  • Year-round access to our expert in-house assessors

To learn more about SMAS Worksafe’s member options, please view our pricing and packaging page.

An accident waiting to happen. An industrial worker using a cell phone in a warehouse.

Understanding behavioural safety hazards

Your businesses health and safety procedures are the driving force behind reducing risks within your business’s day to day tasks, but behavioural safety hazards are something that you should be aware of and reinforcing with your workforce.

Behavioural safety hazards can be caused by new rules or precautions that workers feel are unnecessary and therefore do not feel the need to carry out, or because a workforce or organisation become careless with their safety procedures and culture.

Causes of behavioural safety risks 

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Normally behavioural risks are caused by habits or the unwillingness to adapt to an updated system or procedure, for example, someone who has worked with certain machinery for 10 or more years without accident may not see the benefit of using the latest technology to protect themselves and are in a habit built up over those 10 years to carry out the task in a certain manner.

This doesn’t usually mean the worker is purposely being disobedient but more likely there is stubbornness or ignorance to change.

“I’ve never had issues doing it this way so why do I need to change?”

Something along the lines of the above statement is often true when you’re looking to change a policy or introduce new steps in your health and safety procedure. These habitual procedures are even more difficult to introduce when the task one is carrying out becomes either more difficult or longer to complete due to the changes. For example, someone who has previously not been required to wear gloves is now asked to wear protective gloves, but they impede his ability to complete the task due to the bigger size and lack of movement.

When implementing a change in equipment or procedures you should make sure you sell it to your workforce. Most of the updated equipment’s marketing will be around the benefits of it, how it works and what risks it will reduce and/or stop. This should be relayed to those who will be required to use it going forward so they can see why you’re making the changes.

An accident waiting to happen. An industrial worker using a cell phone in a warehouse.

Changing the behavioural habits

Managing behavioural risks are a challenge that all businesses face and changing existing procedures can be extremely difficult.

Often these behaviours become habits and they can be extremely difficult to change, but here are a few steps your business can take to reduce bad habits creeping into the workplace.

Take a no-tolerance stand

The easiest and arguably the most effective way to stop behavioural risks from entering your workplace is to make sure you have a no-tolerance stance on your health & safety procedures. This simply means that all of your workforce are aware that if they’re found to be breaking rules or taking shortcuts they will be removed from the environment. This not only will help you to weed out anyone who might be starting to set a more relaxed culture, but it also reinforces to other employees that the matter is serious.

Sell the change to your staff

As mentioned previously, make sure your staff are aware of the reasons behind the changes in procedure or equipment. Make sure they’re aware of why you’re implementing the changes and are aware of the risks that come with not following the rules. This can often be done by using examples of instances where accidents have happened or showing them some worst-case scenarios of what has happened within other businesses. Also highlighted that the changes are being made for not just the safety of them individually but also their colleagues.

Often people are more willing to change if they know that it’s more than just themselves being put at risk, the thought of causing injury to a colleague is often more powerful than injuring themselves.

Create a safety-first culture

Creating a culture within your workplace will take time but once the culture is in place you will find it’s much easier to manage changes in the long term. Often people will push the boundaries with what they can get away with and if they know the repercussions of their actions is nothing more than a stern word, then they’re far more likely to push those boundaries.

Taking a no tolerance stamp on health & safety will help to reduce people pushing those boundaries and if you can get employees to buy into the changes with your sales pitch then what you can create is a self-regulating workforce who will report or at least have words with those that are dropping their safety standards. Once this culture has been created your task becomes much easier, the safety standards are now being pushed from within teams and not from a head at the top of the business.

A step-by-step guide to improving behavioural safety:

Group training on behavioural safety

  • Review your current processes and/or equipment and decide on the areas you want to improve. Consider using previous accident, incident and near-miss reports to help you identify areas of improvement.
  • Once you’ve reviewed your procedures, select 1 or 2 key areas that can be improved. A complete overhaul of all procedures will be tougher for employees to follow and digest.
  • Begin developing your communication strategy. How are you going to present the changes to your employees? Can you use examples from your business?
  • Implement your changes with a few initiatives such as:
  1. Colleague observation studies
  2. Regular inspects from senior management
  3. Regular bite-sized training or refresher classes
  4. Reward those who excel with positive feedback and reinforcement
  5. Include behavioural risks within your risk assessments
  • Monitor the changes and make improvements and changes where necessary. Be open with your employees and ask for their feedback.
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Which SMAS Worksafe Package is right for you?

SMAS Worksafe have recently updated our pricing and packaging so that our members can now choose the accreditation level they require and then select from 3 membership tiers depending on the support or member benefits they would like access to. 

SMAS Worksafe accreditation and membership options

What are the accreditation options? 

Currently SMAS Worksafe offer two levels of accreditation, Worksafe SSIP and Worksafe PQQ. 

Worksafe SSIP: 

Worksafe SSIP is our lowest level of accreditation. You will receive a 12-month SSIP certificate to demonstrate your businesses health & safety clients, customers and employees. 

Worksafe PQQ:

Worksafe PQQ gives your business a higher level of compliance. As well as an SSIP assessment, you will also have your environmental and quality management systems reviewed by us against IEMA and IRCA standards. 

You will also receive recommendations for both your environmental and quality management systems so that you can develop your businesses compliance going forward with newer technologies and changes to any laws or guidance that night impact your business.

SMAS Worksafe PQQ Table

What are the membership options?

SMAS Worksafe currently offer our members 3 level of membership, Standard, Essential and Complete. 

Standard (without package):

The Standard membership comes with all of our packages at no additional cost. You will have full access to our team of in-house assessors throughout your SSIP application and we will process your application within 7 working days of submission. 


The Essential membership option gives you more support from us as well as added member benefits. We will turn your assessment round within 3 working days of submission, you will be able to update scopes and trades for no additional cost, receive free vehicle stickers and a foil copy of your certificate and on top of that you’ll also receive a work wallet subscription and have access to 15% off all IHASCO training courses. 


Complete is the package for those who require the most support, we will turn your assessment round in just 1 working day and like Essential, you will be able to update scopes and trades for no additional cost, receive free vehicle stickers and a foil copy of your certificate and receive a work wallet subscription with access to 15% off all IHASCO training courses. 

However with our complete package you will have our year round support. You will have unlimited helpline access with our team of assessors, receive a mid-year review and you’ll also receive updates on any policy changes that may effect your businesses. 

SMAS Membership Options Table

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SMAS and Harpercrewe

Harpercrewe join with SMAS Worksafe

SMAS Worksafe are delighted to announce that we are now working with HarperCrewe to support their contractor management systems.

HarperCrewe draw on 30 years of industry experience, they focus on designing, building and marketing sustainable developments, combining flexibility of design and tenure. They have a fresh approach allowing them to work with landowners, investors and communities in a way that large housebuilders can’t. HarperCrewe aim to deliver innovative design, outstanding build quality, optimal returns and exciting spaces for people to enjoy – and landowners to be proud of.

As from the start of February 21, all contractors and suppliers working with HarperCrewe will be required to hold a valid SSIP certificate as a minimum requirement and to have that certificate registered with SMAS Worksafe.

“At HarperCrewe, we are always looking at new and improved ways of working more efficiently with our Contractors, so we are happy to announce that we have partnered with SMAS Worksafe to manage our Contractors’ Health & Safety Stage 1 requirements.” Michael Jefferies – Commercial Director, HarperCrewe

SMAS will shortly initiate an onboarding campaign for all contractor and suppliers who HarperCrewe work with and support them through the process.

“SMAS are extremely pleased to have gained this new client. We are excited to work with HarperCrewe and be an integral part of contractor management solutions for them” Mark Claridge – Partnership Manager, SMAS Ltd

To find out more about how SMAS can support your supply chain procurement and management systems contact Mark at or 01752 393404

Stay safe construction image with PPE equipment

The downsides of not having an SSIP certificate

SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) is an industry recognised health and safety accreditation that is given to contractors when they are able to supply all of the required information needed to complete the online assessment. As of today, having an SSIP certificate is not compulsory for every contractor, so what are the downsides to not having SSIP?

Peace of mind:

One of the downsides to not having an SSIP certificate in place is that for some employers is that it could leave you in sticky situations, not having a recognised health and safety assessment could cause you trouble should something happen on one of your sites or to one of your employees and having an SSIP accreditation will help with the procedures to reduce risks.

Having an SSIP certificate means your business is to a nationally recognised standard for health and safety. This means that you as an employer can have peace of mind that your business has the correct procedures in place to reduce the risk to employees as well as others that may be impacted by your services.

It also shows potential employees that you have made sure that their safety is important to you as their employer, giving them an assurance that the conditions they’re working in are safe and they have an employer who cares for their wellbeing.

Miss out on working for big clients:

Another downside to not having SSIP is that you’re missing out on working for the likes of Redrow, Taylor Wimpey and Midas. All of these clients ask for SSIP as a requirement to work on their sites, they do this so they can make sure that all the contractors they hire are up to a certain safety standard, saving them time in the vetting process, where juggling different health and safety certificates would be extremely time-consuming.

As a contractor, having an SSIP certificate shows clients that your business meets these standards and will allow you to work on large projects.

Limiting your company’s visibility:

Composite of a modern house during and after construction.

By gaining a certificate, you will not only be able to work on their sites but also make yourself visible to them through the SSIP and SMAS Portal – which means if they need a contractor for their site they can search for SSIP accredited business in their area with the required trade and are able to look at the levels of compliance you hold (beyond just health & safety) and get in contact with you about work.

Having SSIP is also a great way to market your business. By being approved you can show customers and clients that you take health and safety seriously and have gone through the process to make sure that you are compliant, something you should shout about.


What Next?

Although SSIP and health and safety is by far the most recognised and sought-after accreditation, you may also have compliance in other areas such as environmental or quality management. SMAS Worksafe has introduced a new 3 tiered system with Worksafe Pro and Worksafe Infinity, which allows you to show compliance in these and other areas such as financial, anti-bribery & corruption as well as having support from the SMAS team to help you throughout the year.

Why’s that beneficial? Because if you can show clients that your business has a higher level of compliance, there is less risk for them hiring you over someone who doesn’t hold those accreditations, winning you more business.

If you already have an SSIP certificate but are interested in showing off your other areas of compliance, learn about Worksafe PQQ.

Landscape of the construction site while it snows.

Construction work in winter

As we head into winter, the working environment for many construction workers is going to change and they’ll be faced with new challenges. The winter weather in the UK has the potential to hit construction workers hard, strong winds, freezing temperatures, snow, ice and lots of rain will all have an impact on the health and safety of workers on a site and workers must be aware of risks associated with bad weather.

As the UK weather is uncontrollable and unpredictable, taking precautions to ensure site operatives stay safe is essential.


Cold / Freezing temperatures:

Cold and freezing temperatures is the obvious weather-related obstacle that construction workers will have to face. Cold temperatures will mean workers will have to deal with cooling body temperatures and also skin which when combined with wet weather or damp can lead to illness. Making sure workers have the right clothing to combat this is crucial, high-quality water-proof clothing and lots of layers will help to maintain a warm body temperature and keep the rain out. Being exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time could lead to hypothermia, so try and make working in freezing conditions short and make sure there is somewhere warm for workers to take breaks.

It is also important to make sure that both feet and hands stay warm and dry. Allowing your feet to get damp can lead to serious hygiene issues such as trench boot and exposing hands to the cold all day can lead to frostbite, especially if you’re handling metals. Making sure workers have high-quality gloves and work boots where necessary is a simple and easy way to help mitigate these risks.


Civil Engineers At Construction Site In Winter

Civil Engineers at construction site are inspecting ongoing production according to design drawings.

High Winds / Storms:

Working at heights is already the most common cause of injury in construction and the dangers are increased dramatically during the winter months. High winds and stormy weather make working at height a lot more dangerous so making sure those who are asked to work at height have the necessary training is crucial.

Other risks associated with high winds can be debris that might be blown causing damage to the environment or people on site. Making sure risk assessments are complete to make people aware of the risks and putting procedures in place to reduce the risks are recommended.



Perhaps the most dangerous risk workers will face during the winter is ice. Working from heights will be incredibly dangerous if ice is prominent on the area in which the workers are operating. It is also a slip hazard for anyone working on ice and those who are having to operate, or drive machinery will need to be made aware of the risks associated with icy conditions.

Excavator in the snow

A large excavator on a snowy construction site at night. Long exposure with light painting.

Winter is an extremely harsh time for those working in construction and the risks for injury are increased due to the cold conditions so make sure you’re aware of your environment and do what you can to reduce those risks and keep warm.

SMAS and SafetyCulture

Safetyculture join SMAS Worksafe partners

SMAS Worksafe is partnering with inspections and training provider, SafetyCulture, to provide a digital solution for SMAS members

Adapting to every-changing guidance and ensuring health and safety compliance has never been more important – or challenging.

Traditionally a responsibility held at management or individual HSE level, health, safety and compliance is now a concern for every individual operating on the frontline.

Global compliance technology leader, SafetyCulture, is on a mission to empower employees and their businesses to manage those increasing demands: with a simple mobile app that anyone can use in minutes.

Dan Joyce, General Manager EMEA, SafetyCulture, explains:

“Top-down, infrequent audits no longer work; companies need better visibility of their sites and real-time data capture to ensure they’re driving efficiency, safety and excellence at every stage.

“They also need to ensure they’re creating and sharing consistent, quality-assured training materials that will equip their workers with the knowledge they need. Creating a culture of both accountability and continuous growth is critical for today’s business operations.

“Empowering staff on the ground and equipping them with the right tools is the first step. This is exactly what SafetyCulture sets out to deliver.”

SafetyCulture, a SMAS Worksafe partner, helps more than 26,000 companies to raise standards and performance worldwide.

To support SMAS Worksafe members, SafetyCulture will be working with SMAS Worksafe to offer the use of its flagship tools, iAuditor and EdApp. Members can get started in just a few clicks, here: SMAS and SafetyCulture.

Members will benefit from pre-populated health, safety and quality checklists to drive best practice, with the ability for complete inspections on their mobile phone or tablet. iAuditor enables users to flag issues, assign actions, and gain real-time insights to ensure high standards.

Easy-to-use targeted micro-training in workers’ hands through EdApp will ensure workers are equipped with knowledge of policy, compliance, and regulatory requirements: reducing risk, enhancing efficiency and minimising operational downtime.

Among their customers, SafetyCulture helps brands such as SA Brain, London City Airport, Coles, Accor and more. This year, they secured recognition for their flagship product iAuditor at the international 2020 SaaS Awards as a SaaS solution that demonstrates an innovative and intelligent approach to the challenges presented in assessing and communicating risk, or asserting best practice in the workplace.

About SafetyCulture

SafetyCulture Logo

SafetyCulture is a global technology company which supports businesses to do their best work every day. Its adaptive, mobile-first products help to streamline operations and foster high performing, safer workplaces. Its flagship product, iAuditor, is used by more than 26,000 organisations in nearly every industry to optimise processes and performance. The technology empowers teams to perform checks, report issues, collect on-the-ground data and communicate fluidly.

Compliance Concept

What is Worksafe PQQ?

SMAS Worksafe specialises in helping businesses to become health & safety compliant and we do it through a nationally recognised scheme called SSIP (safety schemes in procurement) but we also help businesses reach further compliance with our Worksafe PQQ package. Once your business has met the SSIP core criteria you’re visible to clients on the SSIP and SMAS Worksafe portal but that is just the first step to your business’s compliance.

Once you’ve gone through the process of securing your health & safety accreditation you may wish to look at other areas of compliance.


Health & Safety (SSIP):

All those who take out accreditation with SMAS Worksafe will become SSIP accredited once they have passed through the question set. SMAS Worksafe is a registered member of SSIP which means we help businesses to achieve health & safety compliance using the standards that have been set out.

However, all of our members have the ability to upload documents in relation to other areas of compliance which is where our Worksafe PQQ Package comes in.

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One of the most important areas of further compliance is being able to demonstrate how your business considers and reduces its environmental impacts. Lots of clients are looking at their supply chain’s environmental quality and if you’re able to show that your business is doing everything it can you may have an advantage over other companies when clients are searching for sub-contractors.

Oil spilling into a drain / environmental management with Worksafe PQQ

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Quality Management:

Having quality management procedures in place that are endorsed by senior management shows that your business is committed to providing a quality service or product. Clients will have confidence in choosing a company that are committed to a high quality of workmanship as sub-standard work on their sites will likely crop up when they run checks over any completed work, so knowing the standard of your work is high could remove any snagging on their end.

Financial & Business:

Submitting information about your business’s financial status helps to prove to any potential client that your business is stable and that there isn’t a chance of your business going into administration and therefore not being able to finish off the work. If a contractor goes into administration the client will be forced to find someone else and it will delay the work and push the completion date back.


Finance standings / Worksafe PQQ

Close up of a man holding a magnifying glass over a financial report that states a company’s revenues and profits.

Modern Slavery & Anti-Bribery:

The final stage of further compliance is modern slavery and anti-bribery. Making sure that your workforce is treated fairly and are not being exploited is extremely important. Client’s can’t risk working with anyone whose workforce is being treated unfairly or is susceptible to trafficking. Showing a commitment to these areas will give them peace of mind that they won’t be the subject of loss of materials or workers not turning up due to poor working standards.



What is a CHAS accreditation?

A CHAS accreditation is a type of SSIP (safety scheme in procurement) certificate which can be used to show off a company’s health & safety practices and also grant them access to work for certain companies such as Redrow or Taylor Wimpey who require an SSIP to work on their sites but there may be better accreditations for your business.

Should you choose CHAS?

CHAS is one of many companies that offer SSIP certificates but depending on your employee count, may not be the best value for your business. The higher the number of employees the higher the cost of your accreditation, meaning for companies that employ over 50 people it can become more costly than other SSIP accreditations.

What are the alternatives:

SMAS Worksafe can also provide your business with an SSIP certificate and have benefits and processes in place to help you get the application done as quickly and easily as possible. We offer a 3-day turnaround from the start of the application to become accredited, in-house assessors are available via the phone to help answer any questions or issues you come across and offer a flat-rate pricing structure so no matter how many employees your business has, the price will remain the same.

Worksafe PQQ:

SMAS Worksafe now offers our members the chance to take out our Worksafe PQQ package instead of just our standard SSIP assessment. This gives you the ability to have other areas of compliance such as quality management and environment checked against IEMA and IRCA standards so you can show clients you’re serious about more than just health & safety.