The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, or CHAS as it is more commonly referred to came into existence in 1997, and is one of the few schemes that is beneficial to both suppliers and buyers in equal amounts. In 2001, the scheme became completely web-based – with its main aim being to assist in the assessment of the many health and safety related aspects of both consultants and contractors.
Accreditation is gained by becoming CHAS compliant in respect of any consultant or contractor who works with other companies, and compliance must be renewed on an annual basis. So what are the benefits of CHAS?
Being a CHAS accredited contractor shows potential buyers that you are compliant with the highest standards of safety and it gives them peace of mind that when it comes to the various health and safety laws they are in the right hands.
At the same time, when a supplier achieves CHAS compliance this gives them the approval to work for any of the CHAS accredited buyers. As a recognised standard, any organisations looking for a contractor will be aware that a CHAS accredited contractor will meet their expectations, in respect of all the appropriate Health and Safety Laws, giving them peace of mind over their choice.
CHAS opens up many more business opportunities to both supplier and buyer. Not only does it allow suppliers to work with any buyer as long as they are CHAS accredited but they are also able to take advantage of the many other benefits that come from being a part of a very large accredited group. These benefits come in the form of advertising, which includes the use of the CHAS logo on both paperwork and websites; this also offers CHAS accredited contractors the opportunity to be added to the publicly searchable database of CHAS accredited members, potentially creating opportunities for bigger and better contracts with other members. Many of the businesses that meet the criteria for accreditation may also find that they qualify for additional benefits such as reduced liability insurance and even the option to avoid certain questionnaires.
Being a CHAS contractor can not only improve your business opportunities it can also improve your business’s productivity as well. Suppliers and buyers will also benefit from a standardised process, which will help them to improve communication at every stage of the process. Being compliant with Health and Safety in respect of all aspects of business is very beneficial within your company, as it will lead to improved health and safety practises.
Of course application for CHAS certification can be fraught with complexities, due to every business being unique, but here at Synergos, we’re adept and providing consultancy support to a range of businesses in this field. With our extensive expertise and knowledge, we are here to help and support you every step of the way, making the process as simple as possible for you from start to finish. If you’re looking for CHAS accreditation for your business, or require any further information, why not call us on 01484 817444 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.