Please see our selection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) below:
1) Can anyone join SafeContractor?
SafeContractor welcomes all types of contractor to join the scheme, from asbestos removal to office cleaning. We consider each contractor member individually, taking into account the profession, industry sector and business size.
2) Do I need to have a written health and safety policy?
If you have fewer than 5 employees you do not need to have a written health and safety policy but you must be able to demonstrate an understanding of health and safety legislation and how it applies to your business. SafeContractor has developed a questionnaire specifically for sole-traders and companies with 5 employees or less. If you think this is applicable to your business, please contact our helpline to discuss your individual business requirements.
3) How many contractors are in the scheme?
At present there are over 27,000 members in the scheme.
4) How many contractors fail accreditation?
Contractors that remain engaged with the accreditation process usually gain accreditation in less than 2 audits. Members who do not remain engaged or keep their membership up to date will eventually fail. SafeContractor's aim is to work with all of its members to ensure they become accredited. To help this process, every contractor is assigned an auditor who will work with them to make sure the necessary paperwork and documentation is complete.
5) How long does it take to become accredited?
The length of time required for the accreditation process begins from receipt of the questionnaire, and depends on the member's response time. The average assessment is completed in 4-8 weeks; we aim to complete the 1st audit within 20 working days, and any additional audits within 10 working days.
6) My company uses a lot of subcontractors - can I get SafeContractor to undertake the assessments for me?
If you require SafeContractor to take over the administration of your contractor assessment and provide access to a database of over 10,000 pre-vetted members for you to choose from, you can become a client of the SafeContractor scheme. Please call 029 2026 6760 for further details.
7) Why should I join the scheme?
If you are a contractor or service supplier and want to demonstrate your health and safety competence to new and existing clients, then you need to register as a contractor. Being a member of the SafeContractor scheme means you no longer have to complete multiple pre-qualification questionnaires, saving you both time and money.
SafeContractor is also one of the fastest growing contractor accreditation schemes in the UK, so you'll be in great company if you join SafeContractor!
8) How will my clients know that I am a member?
Once accredited, you will be added to our web portal which is accessed by over 300 SafeContractor clients. If you have joined the scheme as a direct result of a client request, then you will appear in their monthly report. You will also receive marketing support including a PR Guidance Note, vehicle stickers and logos that can be used in your own marketing materials i.e. letterheads, brochures and websites etc.
9) Can I contact a SafeContractor client directly?
SafeContractor is unable to provide contact details for its clients; however a full list of SafeContractor clients is available on the website.
Our client list