Alcumus SafeContractor FAQs

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1What is SafeContractor?SafeContractor delivers a tailored accreditation, allowing suppliers to demonstrate that their health and safety documentation is up to date and meets recognised industry standards.
SafePQQ is an extension of the SafeContractor health and safety accreditation that verifies commitment to best practice, covering: Quality, Environment, Modern Slavery, GDPR etc.
2Why is Mitie adopting the SafeContractor accreditation?To:
– Enable Mitie to manage our contractor health and safety obligations more efficiently;
– Provide access to a range of contractors, both from a skills and geographical perspective;
– Provide Portal access to assist in managing contractors on an on-going basis;
– Support the ability to make risk-based decisions when appointing a new contractor.
3What is Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP)?The SafeContractor accreditation is based on Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). SSIP is the mutual recognition scheme for occupational health and safety standards. SSIP is committed to ensure reduction in health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain, by making cross-recognition between member schemes as effective as possible. https://ssip.org.uk/
4What are the benefits of joining SafeContractor?Many leading UK organisations recognise SafeContractor as their chosen health and safety partner and will only work with accredited suppliers, opening members up to more work opportunities.
• When you become accredited you will appear on the SafeContractor client portal of approved suppliers, so more companies can choose you for work. On average SafeContractor accredited suppliers work with five big brand clients.
• Once you are accredited you can save time and money when tendering for new work by simply showing your SafeContractor certificate instead of completing health and safety paperwork for all customers.
• SafeContractor provides peace of mind that you’re able to demonstrate your health and safety compliance to customers.
• There is a whole host of other member benefits such as discounts on materials, insurance, energy, free health and safety and legal advice, and more.
Visit safecontractor.com/benefits for more details.
5Why am I being asked to join?Mitie is legally required to demonstrate that suppliers comply with legislation for topics like health and safety and ethical issues.
• Mitie is adopting SafeContractor to increase visibility and access to Health and Safety documentation, qualifications and insurances.
• This will allow our suppliers to gain site access.
6How do I join SafeContractor?You can join SafeContractor by:
• Visiting www.safecontractor.com; or
• Calling 02920 266 242 and advising you are joining through Mitie.
7How much does it cost to join?The cost depends on the number of employees and subcontractors that you have, the SafeContractor team will find the best approach for your business.
8How long does it take to become accredited?The length of time required to complete the accreditation process depends on the membership package selected. The standard package and may take up to 4-6 weeks to complete.
Contact the SafeContractor team if you have any queries in completing and uploading your documentation.
9What information is required?SafeContractor works to the SSIP 14-point criteria, though there may be additional questions for SafePQQ, for example, these include health and safety policy, risk assessments and insurances. This is tailored to your business so you will not be asked unnecessary questions.
Templates and guidance can be provided for all of this if you do not have it readily available.
SafeContractor’s team of 50+ in-house technical experts are on hand to support suppliers throughout the accreditation process.
10I am being asked to join SafeContractor, but I am already a member of another SSIP provider, why do I need to join?You have been asked to join SafeContractor specifically so that you will appear as a preferred supplier on our online portal and to help us track and manage all of our suppliers. If you already have a SSIP membership this will entitle you to a discount with SafeContractor and vice versa.
11What if I don’t want to join SafeContractor?From 1 December 2021 we will require all our site-based construction, facilities, sub-contractors to be registered with Alcumus. This decision was made following a rigorous review of our internal processes and the market place for such accreditations.