With multiple health and safety standards and schemes available, it can be confusing to establish which route best to take. Worse still, companies have felt compelled to implement more than one because – depending on which tender they are bidding for – a different standard or scheme is specified. This only leads to unnecessary re-work and cost.
To solve this, the Safety Schemes in Procurement Competence Forum (SSIP) was established. The SSIP is an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety pre-qualification schemes, making tendering for contracts easier.
One of the recognised schemes is certification to OHSAS 18001 by a UKAS accredited body. Following achieving UKAS accreditation for this last year, we’re pleased to announce we’ve become members of the SSIP forum.
As members, BAB clients who hold UKAS accredited OHSAS 18001 with ourselves can save themselves reams of bureaucracy as their certificate will fast-track applications to schemes such as CHAS, Exor, Altius, Constructionline and Safemark.
What is OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 is a globally recognised occupational health and safety standard. Sharing much in common with ISO standards, it sets out requirements to create management system in order to control health and safety threats, as well meet legal requirements.
How do you become certified?
Achieving certification is a two-stage procedure. An initial visit establishes where you are currently, and what it will take in order to meet the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 standard.
Typically, certification can be achieved in less than 12 weeks. Once completed, we can then register you on the SSIP system so your organisation can be found easily by your potential clients.