The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it has joined the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) forum, and will be lending its energies to the forum’s aims of actively reducing health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain.

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, explained its decision to join the forum saying, “The SSIP brings together H&S assessment providers and promotes making cross-recognition between its member schemes as effective as possible, highlighting the savings to buyers and suppliers. Becoming a supporter members means that ESSA will not only be able to contribute its collective experience and expertise from the events sector to the project, but will also be able to access enhanced advice, education and information about H&S issues from across industry sectors.”

All SSIP member schemes are focused on the aim of driving unnecessary cost and confusion out of supplier health and safety assessments, and its core philosophy is to promote and enable effective cross-recognition between existing schemes. There are over 75,000 suppliers registered with an SSIP Member Scheme and this information is readily accessible via the SSIP web portal which is free to access and provides an easy way of finding out if a supplier holds valid certification and conforms to the SSIP Core Criteria and UK H&S Legislation.

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