The Safety Management Accreditation System for the Construction Industry
Safe-T-Cert: (01) 406 6057


Overview of Safe-T-Cert

Safe-T-Cert is a certification scheme designed for certifying the Safety Management Systems of contractors working in the construction industry. The Scheme’s objective is to improve health and safety management by providing objective standards and certifying those contractors whose safety management systems have been assessed, and can demonstrate that they:

  • Are inline with the ILO guidelines for Safety Management Systems
  • Meet the basic requirements for training and competence
  • Implement an occupational health and safety management system which meets the requirements of the organisation – incorporating continual improvement.
  • Address relevant national legislation
  • Demonstrates commitment at all levels within the organisation

Key features of the Scheme

  • Safe-T-Cert is a construction sector specific safety management system accreditation service. The Scheme is applicable to contractors of all sizes and was developed jointly by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in Dublin and the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in Belfast.
  • Safe-T-Cert is a recognised in the Republic of Ireland by the Government Construction Contracts Committee (GCCC) as meeting the health and safety suitability requirements for public procurement purposes.
  • Safe-T-Cert is supported by the Construction Safety Partnership in the Republic of Ireland – see
  • Safe-T-Cert is a included under the guidelines for Competency Assessment of Contractors in the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) guidelines to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations. Safe-T-Cert is accredited by Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) in the UK. (Conditions Apply)

See what other members have to say…


An excellent Safety Management System

Clancy[Safe-T-Cert] left us with an excellent Safety Management System, which enables Clancy Construction to continually improve our approach to our overall Safety Management System. Every company has an obligation to ensure the safety of their employees at work and the Safe T Cert process has provided Clancy Construction with a superb Safety System to ensure the well-being of our employees in years to come. We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending the Safe T Cert accreditation certificate to other members of the construction industry.

John Clancy
Clancy Construction

We see great benefits in acquiring the Safe-T-Cert

CostelloIn an ever changing industry with increasingly challenging projects we at Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd regard Health & Safety as our number one priority both on & off of site. For this reason we see great benefits in acquiring the Safe-T-Cert as a means of both continuous assessment & improvement. It is also of great benefit in assuring our clients & employees that we are fully intent in operating a safe working environment & ultimately in keeping Health & Safety to the fore.

Eamon Costello
Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd

Helped us improve our system

E ButtimerThe Safe-T-Cert process has helped us improve our system and the Auditor was also very helpful during the audit.

Denis O'Shea
Buttimer Engineering
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The Benefits of Safe-T-Cert Certification

Certification under the Scheme is a unique selling point for contractors to clients and others to indicate a professional approach to the health and safety management function and is thus a potential differentiator. The Scheme satisfies the health and safety suitability requirements for contractor organisations for public procurement in the Republic of Ireland and removes the requirement to provide additional information.
The Scheme satisfies the “Build safe” requirements for contractor organisations, to operate a certified Safety Management System when tendering for publically funded work in Northern Ireland. Safe-T-Cert is also approved by Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) in Great Britain. SSIP is a group of health and safety pre-qualification schemes in Great Britain which has formalised mutual recognition across the schemes. SSIP qualifying schemes must demonstrate that they assess health and safety competence in line with the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. SSIP is actively supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Safe-T-Cert exceeds many of the requirements of SSIP and involves a more rigorous assessment of health and safety management than most of the other recognised schemes.

Safe-T-Cert is the only scheme supported by IOSH.

  • Certification demonstrates real commitment to health and safety risk management.
  • Certification demonstrates commitment to the wellbeing
    of the workforce.
  • Safe-T-Cert certification provides contractors with third party recognition which can be submitted for prequalification and selection procedures.
  • Certified contractors are listed on the Safe-T-Cert and SSIP register which is available to public and private sector clients. (Conditions Apply)
  • Certification promotes reductions in liability insurance premiums.

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