CHAS accreditation speaks volumes to your customers and, during a tendering process, about your commitment to health and safety. If you are fed up of being behind your competitors, these are the five steps you must take to CHAS accreditation success.
STEP 1 – Do your research
Knowing what the process is all about is key to success. You can find all the information you need on the CHAS website or you can ask our team. Take time to look through the CHAS assessment, making sure you have the right one. There are different forms for contractors with less than 5 employees and another for those with more than five.
For the smaller business, the form is shorter and less demanding but use the process to clearly identify where your strengths and weaknesses are. There is a guidance document that will help, giving you a clear picture of the route to successful accreditation.
STEP 2 – Get your paperwork in order
It is a major factor in the CHAS assessment process and so failing to get your paperwork in order won’t do you any favours. You need to have good control of health and safety policies and procedures. Remember, if it is not written down, you don’t have evidence, nor is there anything to assess. For those businesses employing more than 5 people, by law, you need to keep certain written records, but it is best practice, no matter how big or small your company or organisation is.
STEP 3 – Use your documents
Its one thing having policies and procedures written down, but if these written documents are not applied on site then they are next to useless. You need written records about every aspect of how you implement health and safety, from a record of onsite health and safety induction to evidence you actioned risk assessments, took action regarding hazards and so on. In other words, have supporting documentation that shows you do take health and safety seriously.
STEP 4 – Train your workforce
A CHAS assessor will look at whether you do, in fact, have a competent workforce. And that means ensuring that everyone, from management to ‘on-the-ground’ operatives, to office staff are fully trained in what health and safety is, and what it means in practice. And this means keeping a record of who is trained in what, and whether this was internal or external training.
STEP 5 – Monitor and record
As part of the CHAS assessment, your monitoring processes and procedures will be assessed. Thus, site inspection records, audits, action plans and minutes of health and safety meetings will all need to be recorded and available for the CHAS assessor. You will also need to show accident records, as well as evidence of what action was taken to prevent such an incident happening again. Consultation with your workforce on health and safety issues are also worthwhile recording, along with any policies and procedures in places with sub-contractors.
How can we help you?
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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 email@example.com and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.