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    ACCREDITATION IS ONLY ONE WAY TO CONFIDENCE

    HSE publishes guidance on demonstrating CDM 2015 competence

    The HSE website now contains advice on accreditation schemes used to demonstrate of competence (skills, knowledge, experience and organisation capability) in health and safety matters.

    The regulator points out that accreditation by a third party is just “one way” to demonstrate competence and that the law “does not require accreditation”. The HSE advise goes on to add:

    “For construction work, being certificated against a scheme is not proof that an organisation can properly manage the risks presented by the work on site.

    So, buyers will also need to check a supplier can meet project-specific site requirements. Before asking a supplier to start work, check their skills and track record, too.”

    Low risk goods and services

    HSE states that when buying goods or services consider if the risks of the job justify insisting a supplier has a formal health and safety accreditation. This includes certification against health and safety management system standards.

    For low-risk goods or services, suppliers can demonstrate their health and safety capability in other ways e.g. evidence that they hold a health and safety policy and how they identify hazards and control risks.

    Mutual recognition

    Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) enables mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes, particularly within the construction industry.

    SSIP member schemes apply core criteria which describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety law.

    Mutual recognition should lead to savings for buyers and suppliers and help deliver more proportionate implementation of accreditation.

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