Principle Contractors / Designers Status

In addition to the SMAS Worksafe certificate, an organisation can apply to be assessed for additional scopes.smas


A Principal Contractor has successfully demonstrated that they plan, manage and monitor the construction and coordination of matters relating to health and safety to ensure that, so far is reasonably practicable, construction work is carried out without risk to health and safety.


The Principal Designer has successfully demonstrated that they plan, manage and monitor the pre-construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the project is carried out without risks to health or safety.

Successful assessment by SMAS Worksafe

smasSuccessful assessment by SMAS Worksafe means that an organisation meets the recognised Stage 1 standard for H&S. This standard is recognised by the HSE and accreditation schemes that have quality assurance processes.  SSIP assessments are all judged on core criteria approved by HSE.

These core criteria describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety law.

The SMAS Worksafe assessment itself looks to ensure that contractors have (and use) an effective H&S Management System to ensure that any work they are engaged in is, so far as reasonably practical, carried out without risk to health and safety.

Press Release – Top Safety Accreditation for MT Cold Storage Solutions

Local business MTCSS has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.SafeContractor-Roundel-R


Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.


Employing 17 people, MTCSS is principally involved in the food chain sector, specialising in coldrooms and industrial doors. MTCSS most recent clients have included major players such as Space Engineering, Ryan Jayberg, Greencooling, City FM and Greencore to name a few.

The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.


Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.


Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.


John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”


“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that MTCSS has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.


Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”


Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.


Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.


Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.