SafeContractor or CHAS – Which is best for your business?

CHAS or safecontractor

Health and safety is such an important and integral part of all business these days, that it is to be expected that there will be different accreditation schemes that highlight compliance and good practice.

But it can lead to a business questioning whether they need to be a member of all the schemes or just a chosen few. Thus, it leads to questions such as SafeContractor or CHAS?

However, the question needs to be rephrased to what do your clients and customers demand?


A long-standing accreditation scheme, this is probably the best known of the two. With 70,000+ contractors registered with the scheme along with nearly 1,000 public and private sector bodies, it has for a long time been the accepted standard. And still is!

Set up in 1997 by experienced professionals, the two core objectives of CHAS are to;

  • Simplify health and safety contractor assessment by standardising the requirements
  • Minimise paperwork relating to health and safety during tenders and similar

In other words, CHAS is the accepted benchmark of excellent practice relating to health and safety.


SafeContractor is another membership or accreditation scheme that highlights your continuing good practice around health and safety. You will need to decide which is best for your business, & the team at Synergos can explain the difference between the two!

It is a new and improved scheme, tailored to a business’s needs. By displaying the logo on your paperwork, email signature, website and company vehicles for example, you are showing clients and potential clients you are handling health and safety correctly.

With 28,000 accredited members and nearly 400 major clients, it is smaller than the CHAS scheme but for many local authorities and private sector clients who regularly put out a tender, it is an important accreditation that they look for.

Once approved, your company is added to the SafeContractor prequalification database through which clients can browse. In other words, getting the accreditation and being on the database could allow for more work and tendering opportunities.

Is it a case of choosing one or the other?

Take a look at contractors and you will find that they boast not just one health and safety accreditation but several.

This is simply because different clients favour different accreditation schemes, usually the one that best fits their needs. Thus, as a contractor, you may need to show that you are compliant with health and safety across a range of accreditation schemes.

Making Your Decision

For any business, spending your hard-earned cash to become accredited with either or both CHAS and SafeContractor needs to yield results.

In terms of cost, CHAS is slightly cheaper but is still a commitment, just like SafeContractor is.

It is more a question of which scheme will open most doors once accredited. It may be that actually neither are suitable, and you will need to look at other health and safety accreditation schemes.

How can we help you?

Click here to download our NEW FREE eBook, informing you of the benefits of CHAS to your business.

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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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