Extract of ACOP: 

How to assess the competence of organisations
202 Competency assessments of organisations (including principal contractors, contractors, designers and CDM co-ordinators) should be carried out as a two-stage process:
203 Stage 1: An assessment of the company’s organisation and arrangements for health and safety to determine whether these are sufficient to enable them to carry out the work safely and without risk to health.
204 Stage 2: An assessment of the company’s experience and track record to establish that it is capable of doing the work; it recognises its limitations and how these should be overcome and it appreciates the risks from doing the work and how these should be tackled.
205 In order to provide more consistency in the way in which competency assessments of companies are carried out, a set of ‘core criteria’ have been agreed by industry and HSE. These are set out in Appendix 4. Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments should be made against these core criteria.

Safety Schemes in Procurement:

The industry has recently come together to establish some mutual recognition of Health & Safety Accreditation schemes.   You should be aware of SSIP - Safety Schemes in Procurement who's stated aims are as follows: 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 2007.

Some useful information from the SSIP website are:

Designers' need to demonstrate their competence following the guidelines in Appendix 4 of the ACOP.  DIOHAS Member's approach to demonstrating competence can be seen from examples provided.