CHAS or SafeContractor – Which do you really need?

chas or safecontractor

Health and safety has never been more prominent and for some industries such as construction, ensuring high standards of health and safety is a top priority. In 2019, according to Government figures, 30 construction workers died at work. One death is one too many, which is why accreditation schemes such as CHAS and SafeContractor exist but which is right for your business?

Adding value

Accreditation schemes need to be valued and valuable. In other words, when you display the logo of the latest accreditation process you have successfully completed, you need to be confident it was worth it.

CHAS and SafeContractor are two health and safety accreditations that contractors and those businesses working in similar sectors need to show that their health and safety processes are effective.

SafeContractor is an accreditation that does exactly that. It demonstrates to potential clients you meet specifics of health and safety as laid down in its detail.

The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is a pre-approval scheme relating to health and safety. You can become a member of CHAS, a decent accolade in itself, but for businesses who want to showcase their health and safety processes and policies, CHAS accreditation speaks volumes.

But which is better for your business, CHAS or SafeContractor?

Do you need to choose between CHAS or the SafeContractor scheme?

There are benefits to belonging to both CHAS and Safe Contractor:

  • Compliance – both schemes show that your business is compliant with health and safety law.
  • Increased opportunities – especially for tenders and the pre-qualification questionnaire stage, CHAS and/or SafeContractor can be a requirement that sees you through to the next stage.
  • Commercial benefits – if you want to move your business to new markets and larger contracts, either or both of the health and safety accreditation schemes will help.
  • Time & resources – applying for tenders is a time-consuming process, even more so if you have to re-write the same thing time and again. Both of these schemes are valued by clients in such a way that your membership and accreditation number are often enough to show compliance.
  • Health & safety standards – the process will see you streamline and improve your health and safety practice and processes.
  • Standardised – essentially, both provide a benchmark against which your company’s health and safety processes can be measured bringing about standardisation to a process and practice that can often vary between one organisation and another.

Do you need to choose between one accreditation and another? Financially you may need to, as well as from a resource and time point of view too. Essentially, you need to consider what your clients ask, what tender and PQQ processes ask for within your industry and which one will open the most doors for your business.

Meeting expectations – CHAS or SafeContractor

To get through the various tender stages, your company will need to showcase the different aspects of your company and that includes effective prioritising of health and safety, and both CHAS and SafeContractor can do that.

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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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