CHAS - changes to products
There are many safety accreditations available but one of the most recognised is CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme). If you have it or know of it you may be aware that CHAS recently reviewed their website and accreditation portal introducing new product levels.
Noticeably, in my opinion, the CHAS portal is much more thorough than the previous version. More questions are now asked with evidence required that is relevant to the chosen work sectors. Whichever CHAS package is best for your company depends on who your target clients are, but all the levels will require evidence to be provided.
So, what are the different levels:
CHAS (standard) consists two modules - a Health & Safety Assessment plus financial and business standing module. The H&S assessment look at the arrangements in place and evidence will need to be provided. Examples of evidence could be a signed policy, risk assessments method statements, relevant training records, records of statutory inspections, etc. Financial and business standing will normally ask for some accounts and insurance details plus details of any pending or prior business dealings that may affect the accreditation.
CHAS Premium consists the two modules as per CHAS (standard) plus questions around Environmental, Quality Management, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity. Evidence is also required. This is to demonstrate full PAS91 compliance as many larger clients will want to make sure your company is acting ethically.
CHAS Premium Plus consists the same modules as CHAS Premium as well as the increasingly requested Modern Slavery and Anti-Bribery and Corruption question sets.
CHAS Premium Plus Assured is the top option. It’s CHAS Premium Plus followed by a 1-day onsite audit with an audit report.
To discuss CHAS accreditation or any other safety accreditation further, or to book a free review, call us on 0844 8797286.
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