When it comes to accreditation schemes, there are hundreds, possibly, thousands to choose from. The problem is, not all have value. But one that does send a clear message about your company in terms of its health and safety commitments is CHAS but what is CHAS and what difference will it make to your business?
CHAS, short for The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, is a pro-approval. By qualifying for the scheme, your business demonstrates it meets a certain set of criteria and standards concerning health and safety.
But it’s not a one-off, get-the-certificate-and-move-on scheme. Contractors who display the CHAS logo are expected to maintain these high standards of health and safety and push forward in making their workplace and industry a safer place.
What does CHAS assess?
As part of the process, you will need to have ready for assessment:
- The business’s health and safety policy statement
- The organisation of health and safety across your business
- How your specific and satisfactory your health and safety arrangements are to potential clients
There are many companies across a range of sectors and industries from construction to facilities management that display the CHAS logo. It is a sign that the business takes its health and safety responsibilities seriously.
Why apply for CHAS accreditation?
There are many reasons why CHAS accreditation makes sense:
- Suitable for everyone – from sole traders to large companies, CHAS accreditation is ideal no matter how many people you employ or sob contract.
- Tender process – if you plan on applying for tenders, CHAS accreditation allows you to apply without spending hours each time on health and safety statements and so on. Your CHAS accreditation number will see you tender for work faster.
- Opens new opportunities – CHAS accreditation opens up avenues of work that previously would have been more difficult without accreditation such as CHAS.
Health and safety is a prominent and consistent concern across all sectors. Being CHAS accredited won’t stop accidents or incidents from happening but it does show you have taken serious steps to keep everyone safe.
Applying for CHAS – what do you need?
It may seem a long list but the chances are, you have these policies and processes in place. All these may not apply either:
- Health and safety policy
- Organisation of health and safety
- Health and safety training
- Insurance details including employers’ and public liability insurance
- Toolbox talks
- Training qualifications
- Maintenance records
- PAT testing
- Fire risk assessments
There are other policies and procedures besides these. Our in-house team can help you determine what you need for successful CHAS accreditation.
How much does CHAS cost?
It will cost both time and money but, the rewards will far outweigh the initial time and money invested in it.
The benefits of CHAS
A nationally recognised accreditation scheme, there are many benefits to your business. Spending less time on pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) as part of the tender process allows you to focus time on other things. And with larger contracts within grasp, CHAS accreditation could also be part of the mix in ensuring growth and stability for your business too.