We pride ourselves on quality work through a combination of rigorous training standards and industrybest practices. The work we carry out is audited both in house by our own customer service team and externally through various accreditation bodies who are recognised throughout the industry.
The CITB SSSTS training course is required for supervisors who work on group sites with contractors and it stands for Site Supervisor Safety Training. The field of construction has its dangers and thousands of deaths and accidents occur within workplaces around the country every year.
BAFE is the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. For more than 25 years we have been developing schemes for UKAS accredited certification bodies to assess and approve companies to recognised standards. BAFE also provides independent examination services to leading training organisations for the portable extinguisher initial training requirements of BS5306-3.
The FIA is the largest fire protection trade association in the UK with 650+ members. We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major provider of fire safety training. Our objective is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus. We achieve this through the representation of our members, providing technical support, guidance and opportunities for professional advancement through education and appropriate regulation. We promote and shape legislation and the professional standards of the fire industry through close liaison with government and official bodies, as well as other key stakeholders.
Since its launch in 2009 it is gratifying to see that SSIP is already making inroads into reducing the burden of bureaucracy faced by small and medium sized businesses. Even more encouraging still is that the forum has further plans to help suppliers and those who buy services from these suppliers, maximise the benefits that SSiP can offer. Through making information about a supplier’s certification available to buyers, this will further eliminate the need for suppliers to subscribe to multiple competence schemes and we start to embrace SSIP’s core philosophy of mutual recognition.
CSCS was set up in the mid-90s with the aim of improving site workers’ competence to reduce accidents and drive up on-site efficiency. The Scheme keeps a database of those working in construction that achieve, or can demonstrate they have already attained an agreed level of occupational competence. Successful applicants are issued with a card giving them a means of identification and proof of their achievements. Cards are increasingly demanded as evidence of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others, and today there are over 1.7 million cards in circulation.
Safecontractor was initially developed as a bespoke project for a Property Management client who wished to outsource the annual vetting of contractors on its approved list. Interest shown by other similar clients identified the potential for a standardised system that could be offered to the whole of the company’s client base.
In 1999 SupplyLine was born. After further development the product was expanded to provide web based access to its clients and was re-branded as safecontractor in 2003.
Steady growth and the adoption of the system by some major brand names such as Kellogg, Debenhams Retail Plc, Home Retail Group and General Motors UK, saw entry into new client markets and further growth in contractor members.
SO 14001 was developed to provide a management system to help organisations reduce their environmental impact. The standard provides the framework for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to the environmental by:
The standard is generic and does not apply to any particular industry or business sector. It provides a strategic framework that can be used to meet internal and external objectives for Environmental Management.
Most of the international standards begin with the letters “ISO”, the acronym for the “International Organisation for Standardisation.” This worldwide federation of 110 national standards bodies works to promote the growth of manufacturing, trade and communication among business operations worldwide, through the development of generic quality standards.
The most widely recognised standard is ISO 9001, a basic quality management system that can be used in industries of any size, anywhere in the world. Registration to ISO 9001 (or other quality/management standards) provides objective proof that a business has implemented an effective quality management system, and that it satisfies all of the requirements of the applicable standard. An external, impartial expert called a registrar or CB (Certification Body) conducts an on-site audit to determine whether or not a company is in conformance to the standard. If they are found to be in conformance, they will be issued a certificate showing their address, scope of operations and the seals of the accreditation bodies that give the registrar its legitimacy. The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard was released in November 2008.
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards. Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers. CHAS assesses applicants:
Ansador Fire & Security Solutions are certified members of CHAS conforming to all standards set up by our buyer’s health and safety standards.
By providing an up-to-date register of pre-qualified suppliers for construction contracts, Constructionline is a commonsense solution that 8,000 buyers from over 2,000 organisations are already making the most of. We pre-qualify all of our suppliers to government standards, and maintain relationships with a range of industry, ePurchasing and Government partners to ensure that we remain relevant to procurement professionals within the construction industry. Constructionline is a Public-Private Partnership between Capita and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.