CHAS FAQs answered

Have a question about CHAS? Read on to see if it is answered here. Some of the most common questions about this accreditation are explained below.

What is the purpose of CHAS?

CHAS is a health and safety accreditation scheme for the construction industry. It affects the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) stage of the tendering process too as being CHAS certified or accredited shows that your business has high health and safety competence. It minimises duplication as you show competence across a range of health and safety issues and practices. In effect, it levels the playing field at the tender stage because your health and safety are just as compliant as a large competitor.

Is it a valued and well-utilised scheme?

Yes, it is. At the last count, there were more than 900 public and private sector clients organisation and 70,000 contractors registered on the CHAS database. This means that they can all demonstrate that they meet current health and safety practice guidelines.

What is assessed under CHAS?

There are two board areas that are assessed;

  • Your health and safety policy statement
  • Health and safety practice within your organisation

Why apply for CHAS?

There are numerous advantages to being CHAS registered but in particular, if you are thinking of applying or tendering for work, then it is an essential element of your overall company impression. Many companies without CHAS end up being sub-contractors on other people’s projects but with your own registration, you can tender for your own work.

For many government departments, local authorities, health boards and larger construction projects, you may find that you don’t get ‘your nose in the door’ without CHAS registration. CHAS is proof that you can and do comply with stringent health and safety guidelines.

In some cases, CHAS registration brings about ‘approved contractor’ status, meaning you can be trusted with all kinds of work, from small basic maintenance contracts to larger building projects.

Is it going to cost time and money to become CHAS registered?

There is a financial and time implication to becoming CHAS registered but here’s the thing: unlike some other schemes, the financial rewards of being registered is above and beyond original financial outlay simply because you will find you get the bigger and better contracts.

It can take as long or as little to become CHAS registered but when you work with our expert team, you have peace of mind that we do all the hard work on your behalf. And our involvement also cuts the possibility of you spending a lot of time chasing a small piece of paper and policies. If you have systems in place, the registration process can take no time at all. In effect, how much time and effort is needed is directly related to your current health and safety practices and policies, and how compliant they are with current regulations.

To become CHAS registered, you need clear evidence, the right policies in place and a great attitude to health and safety.

How can we help you?

Click here to download your FREE leaflet, informing you of the benefits of CHAS to your business.

If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of this accreditation here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help, call 01484 666160 or Email and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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