The Steel Construction Certification Scheme (SCCS) has become one of the first certification bodies to achieve SSIP Accreditation (Safety Schemes In Procurement) following a recent UKAS assessment.
SSIP aims to streamline prequalification by driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessment. Its core philosophy is to enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes.
The SSIP Core Criteria for assessments is aligned to the Government-backed construction prequalification document PAS 91, ensuring consistency within supply chain management.
Suppliers registered with a SSIP Member Scheme are listed on the SSIP web portal, which provides an easy way of finding out if a supplier holds valid certification with an SSIP member scheme and confirms compliance with the SSIP Core Criteria and UK Health & Safety legislation.
“This is a significant addition to the service that SCCS offers its clients and further develops our strategic objective of offering a one-stop shop for certification,” said SCCS Director of Certification Stephen Blackman.
The SCCS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Constructional Steelwork Association. It was established in the early 1980s to provide quality management certification for steelwork contracting organisations.
SCCS now offers a wide range of certification and monitoring services for the structural steelwork sector, including integrated or separate UKAS accredited Quality management systems, Environmental and Health & Safety management systems, Factory Production Control systems and selected National Highways Sector Schemes.
For more information about SCCS go to www.steelcertification.co.uk