SafeContractor accreditation is something we get questions about on a daily basis. Hopefully, we're going to break it down a bit for you and help answer any questions you might have.
SafeContractor is an accreditation, which demonstrates to potential clients that you meet specific standards of health and safety.
As we've just said, SafeContractor shows that you take health and safety seriously. It was designed to review and audit health and safety policies, procedures and documentation. As it reviews your health and safety procedures and proves that you can meet the required standard, it reduces the need to complete and submit multiple health and safety questionnaires to clients. This means saving you time and money - which can only be a good thing!
SafeContractor is used by numerous public and private sector organisations as a pre-qualification, when they are short listing contractors, suppliers and consultants for jobs. When you become SafeContractor approved, you're put onto the SafeContractor database, which is used by many household names. These larger clients have access to the list, meaning it opens up more doors or you and your business to potentially tender and work for these larger organisations, as they know the companies on it are already achieving the required health and safety standards.
You'll also get the use of logos and stickers for your websites, vans etc, to demonstrate straight away to potential clients that you're committed to health and safety.
SafeContractor covers well over 120 different sectors including: construction, retail, education, property management, leisure, finance and manufacturing companies. In terms of contractors, you can become SafeContractor approved if you're in general building, electrical, mechanical services, environmental, pressure systems, and construction and building services.
SafeContractor assess a range of aspects of the business. We've listed just a few of the things you'll need below, not everything on the list will be applicable to every business:
As we've said, this isn't everything you'll need and not everything might apply to your and your business.
One of the main benefits of being SafeContractor approved is that you immediately display your compliance with health and safety law to potential clients. As we've already said, it opens up more doors in terms of tendering for work - a client could be more likely to consider you over someone who isn't SafeContractor approved. It'll also give you the opportunity to tender for bigger and better contracts, meaning giving yourself the potential to grow and earn more money.
SafeContractor can also help to improve your business' productivity. How? If you're spending less time filling in Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (as SafeContractor helps with the health and safety sections) and more time on other aspects of the business.
Going through the process of SafeContractor really makes you step back and take a look at your health and safety practices. If you think something is going to stop you passing, you're likely to try and improve that area, which can only be a benefit to you and any staff that you've got. Plus, as you begin to standardise your processes, it can help to improve communication and standards throughout the business.
There's no two ways about it: yes, it's going to cost you some money. SafeContractor has a fee, depending of the size of your business. You can find these fees on their website. However, the benefits of becoming SafeContractor approved far outweigh the original costs.
In terms of time, that all depends on you. If you don't have all the information required for them to assess your business, it's going to take longer; as you'll have to get everything in place before submitting your application. If you've got all the requirements in place and up to a good enough standard, then your application isn't going to take as long to submit and process.
Not everyone will pass the application first time. If the processes and documents that you have in place aren't up to a good enough standard, then you're not likely to pass first time.
A lot of the calls we receive are from people whose application has failed. If you're struggling with your application, or have had it knocked back, but are ready to start reaping the rewards of SafeContractor, we can assist you with your application and help you in your journey to becoming SafeContractor approved.
By James Murphy
I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?
If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.
Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.
Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.
To download and install Open Office;