How much paperwork is involved with CHAS?

It is, without a doubt, the bane of most business owners’ days: the constant filling of forms, either on paper or online. Paperwork and forms, although necessary and needed, take time and energy to complete.

And there is nothing worse than when you have completed one form, that there is another to fill in… and another… only to find that the information is effectively duplicated from one to another.

Imagine, however, if you could complete one set of forms, deal with one over-arching cluster of paperwork that prevented this from happening, in the field of health and safety at least. Wouldn’t that be great?

This is exactly what you get with CHAS! Even though there is paperwork to complete, the results of being CHAS accredited or certified is much better than duplicating paperwork of pre-qualification questionnaires and tenders.

Prepare your paperwork

There is a certain amount of documentation and paperwork required in the process of gaining CHAS accreditation. But – here’s the good news – in most cases, it is merely about collecting what you already have.

For example, it is about collating all health and safety policies currently in place, along with documents that are part of this, such as an example of ‘accident forms’ completed and so on. By law, if you employ more than five people, you need to keep certain written records – and this is best practice whether you have employees or not – and thus, you are not re-inventing the wheel. You are showing you comply with current regulations.

Use these documents

It has been witnessed many times: pristine health and safety documents, all kept in a folder for reference. But with CHAS, you need to show that you implement and use these documents in your business and on site.

You need to produce records that show;

  • Site inductions for staff
  • Training in health and safety for staff and subcontractors
  • Daily bulletins should the conditions on site change
  • Evidence that when a health and safety issue has been identified, that it has been acted upon and the hazard and risk minimised or eradicated completely
  • Completed accident forms if there has been any accidents or issues.
  • Reporting process
  • Risk assessments
  • Monitoring and review documents
  • Minutes of meetings that relate to health and safety
  • Records of any investigations
  • And so forth…

A lot of paperwork?

As you complete the CHAS accreditation process, it can feel like an uphill struggle producing paperwork, forms, policies and other documents. It can be a little time consuming, as well as sucking other resources too.

But, with CHAS, the primary aim is clear: as a business you should only need to do this once. When all this important information is collected and verified, it allows you to sport the CHAS accreditation logo.

When you complete PQQs or tender for work, you can quickly and ably verify that your business has CHAS accreditation and that speaks volumes: it shows you work within current regulations, making winning work much easier and a little less stressful.

How can we help you?

Click here to download our NEW FREE eBook, 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 817 444 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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