During this time please check out all of our available support resources here. 

Do you need help or assistance with SSIP?

SSIP was founded in May 2009 and supported by HSE. SSIP aims to simplify prequalification and encourage straightforward mutual recognition between its accreditations.

The aim of SSIP is that clients can go to the website and check that you have a current Health & Safety Policy, amongst other Health & Safety documentation that will help you win the tender over other companies.

The SSIP Forum will:

  • act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety pre-qualification schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.
  • actively advise and influence clients about acceptable interpretation and appropriateness of health and safety competence standards in UK schemes.
  • embrace the core guidance on competence and training in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
  • Good to know
  • Constructionline require as part of their registration process that a health and safety questionnaire is completed by the supplier. It is important to note however that this is a self-certification of health and safety compliance and Constructionline do not check the validity of the information provided, they leave any checking to the buyer. However, if the Constructionline applicant is already registered with a SSIP health and safety competence
  • assessment scheme, this replaces the requirement for the health and safety questions to be answered.

How can HS Direct help?

HS Direct will assist you in putting together your application and any supporting evidence to help get your company on the SSIP register.

Being a part of the SSIP Scheme assists and supports you through the application process of CHAS, SMAS, Constructionline, EXOR and National House-Building Council - giving you an advantage and quicker access to their accreditation register- and many more.

We’re here to help. Give us a call today.


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;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.