Majority of subbies must now have FORS to tender for contracts

Clients are increasingly mandating Fors accreditation from their subcontractors, with approaching half now demanding the silver level.

A survey of 167 members of FORS found almost three-quarters had been asked to obtain FORS accreditation to gain access to contracts.

The survey also found:

  • 128 separate companies identified that specify FORS
  • Of these specifiers 7% asked companies to be registered to the scheme, 29% to be at bronze level, more than half (53%) at silver and 11% gold (the highest level)
  • The time given to gain accreditation varied from 30 days to six months
  • 40% of respondents ask companies who work in their supply chain to become FORS accredited
  • 20% of respondents asked to become FORS accredited were provided with guidance from the specifier

“This shows that sites are being serious about the wide-ranging benefits of FORS silver,” said Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager.

“Actions to minimise road risk have become business as usual for many operators and the FORS Standard represents best practice.”

Members of FORS are encouraged to progress through the accreditation levels from bronze, to silver and then gold.

There are currently more than 800 FORS silver members.

The survey also found that 40% had asked companies in their supply chain to become FORS accredited.