The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme

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This certainly seemed to prove an easier and more painless way to attain our accreditation.

Kings Security (Full Application)


The new process was clear, very quick and easy to use.I would not hesitate to use this service when our accreditation comes up for renewal next year.

Cityspec Specialist Pest Management Solutions Ltd (Deem To Satisfy)

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A high percentage of new business is generated through successful tenders. Over the years the number of lead contractors that make CHAS registration a prerequisite in the tendering stage has risen substantially. One of our biggest customers accepts CHAS as an alternative to having to go through their own health and safety questionnaires. This allows us to streamline our tendering process to maximise the number of projects we can work on.

Greens Decorating Contractors Ltd.

With my company being small, the assessment works well for me, but also keeps me up to date with all my H&S. Without using CHAS some of these things could get forgotten about, so would cost my company in contracts in the future.

T Brown Joiners.

Joining CHAS really made us consider out H&S procedures in more detail and having to document them all instantly makes them easier to maintain and renew.

Ecological Land Management Ltd.

CHAS is a great service which has helped my company become better and which has resulted in us winning more contracts of work. I have also recommended CHAS to other companies I work alongside who have now also become CHAS accredited.

MA Brickworks Ltd.

The accreditation process itself is a great way of monitoring the H&S within your own company, so by itself forces training in areas you may not be familiar with, so money well spent.

Probe Lockers.

I would just like to thank you for your help and expertise throughout this whole process. My experience with CHAS was great from start to finish.

Autism Hampshire.

We first achieved our CHAS accreditation in 1998 and have found it very useful as a means of demonstrating that we comply with current health & safety law in the construction industry. CHAS is recognised across the whole of our industry so it reduces the amount of time and resources needed to pre-qualify for projects.

Concrete Repairs.

Suppliers FAQ

Q: How do I apply?

Q: What do I need to do for renewal?

Q: Do I have a CHAS registration / certificate / membership number I can refer to?

Q: Who is a supplier?

Q: Who is a buyer?

Q: Am I still compliant / accredited or has it expired?

Q: Does CHAS assess anything other than H&S?

Q: Do sub-contractors and "non-participating" directors count as employees of the company?

Q: How do I confirm my current CHAS status?

Q: Can I join the scheme as a Buyer?

Q: If I have a CSCS card why do I need to complete the CHAS scheme?

Q: Will a CHAS assessor give me health and safety advice?

Q: Must I have a written health and safety policy?

Q: How do I find out what Schemes are Safety Schemes in Procurement Forum (SSIP) members?

Q: How do I register with CHAS using findings from another SSIP member?

Q: How do I know if a company is CHAS registered or accredited if I'm not a CHAS buyer?

Q: Why won't CHAS accept ISO 9001?

Q: How do I apply if I'm HVCA or ARCA registered?

Q: Is there a way to get a fast track assessment?

Q: Can my company apply for registration if improvement or prohibition notices have been served in the past?

Q: Can I get an extension while I re-apply?

Q: What are the reasons people may fail a CHAS assessment?

Q: What is the definition of 'construction work'?

Q: How do we use your information?


Q: How do I apply?

A: Full instructions and information on the application process can be found on our apply now page.

Q: What do I need to do for renewal?

A: You will need to follow the same process as described on our apply now page.

Q: Do I have a CHAS registration / certificate / membership number I can refer to?

A: We do not issue registration, certificate or membership numbers. Our buyers can check a supplier's status through the database.

If a registration number is asked for in tender documents, send a copy of your accreditation certificate or write the CHAS contact telephone number on your application so the buyer can call the CHAS office to confirm the status.

Q: Who is a supplier?

A: A supplier is a business who wants to provide goods and services or supplies to a buying organisation.

Q: Who is a buyer?

A: A buyer is any organisation who wishes to buy goods and services or supplies.

Q: Am I still compliant / accredited or has it expired?

A: If you are CHAS accredited your certificate will show the expiry date. If it does expire, it could affect your ability to tender for work with our client members. We would recommend you put a reminder in your diary.

Q: Does CHAS assess anything other than H&S?

A: No we only assess Health and Safety.

Q: Do sub-contractors and "non-participating" directors count as employees of the company?

Please read our guide to identifying the number of employees in a company.

Q: How do I confirm my current CHAS status?

A: Ask the CHAS Administrator through email chas.admin@chas.co.uk. We will try to respond within 72 hours.

Q: Can I join the scheme as a Buyer?

A: Yes but you must operate a supply chain. Please contact us to discuss.

Q: If I have a CSCS card why do I need to complete the CHAS scheme?

A: The CSCS scheme is basic health and safety training for individuals and it is not relevant for a company as a whole. It also doesn't cover the CDM core criteria which is the threshold standard our scheme uses.

Q: Will a CHAS assessor give me health and safety advice?

A: No. Assessors cannot act as an adviser as this would be a conflict of interest. They will inform you of any failure to achieve the required compliance standard and in some circumstances they may discuss issues with you by telephone. They will give written guidance about any concerns but this should not be mistaken as advice.

Q: Must I have a written health and safety policy?

A: If you have 5 or more employees:

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (Section 2(3) places a duty on a supplier who employs five or more people, to have a written statement of their health and safety policy.

If you have fewer than 5 employees:

You do not need a written statement, but must be able to prove your commitment to health and safety, and an understanding of the legislation as it applies to your business.

The CHAS application form is specifically designed to help suppliers prove their commitment and management to health and safety.

If needed we recommend you use "An introduction to health and safety" (IND G 259), free, from HSE Books. While not a legal duty it provides evidence of your commitment and understanding of basic health and safety.

Q: How do I find out what schemes are Safety Schemes in Procurement Froum (SSIP) members?

A: Please check the SSIP website http://www.ssip.org.uk for up to date information on participating schemes.

Q. How do I register with CHAS using findings from another SSIP member?

A: If you have been successfully assessed by another SSIP member, you will not need to be assessed by CHAS (subject to criteria being met) - See SSIP Deem to Satisfy for details of how to apply. See CHAS Fees for costs.

Q: How do I know if a company is CHAS registered or accredited if I'm not a CHAS buyer?

A: You can verify a company by ringing us on 0208 545 3838.

Q: Why won't CHAS accept ISO 9001?

A: ISO 9001 does not assess health and safety to the threshold standard

Q: How do I apply if I'm HVCA or ARCA registered?

A: You will need to contact HVCA or ARCA so that they can upload your application onto the CHAS system for free. If you then want accreditation, you will need to apply direct to CHAS.

Q: Is there a way to get a fast track assessment?

A: We can send your documents to an assessor who is available straight away but it is a 10 working day process. If it is any help, the assessor can put your application as pending on the CHAS website.

Q: Can my company apply for registration if improvement or prohibition notices have been served in the past?

A: You can apply, providing you tell us of any enforcement notices or prosecutions served on you or your business in the last three years. Failure to declare this will debar your business from registration. If you have prosecutions or notices to tell us about, provide details of any corrective action taken or proposals to address them. (You can provide details on a separate sheet if you want to).

Q: Can I get an extension while I re-apply?

A: No, but the expiry date of your accreditation or compliance is available to buyers on the CHAS database, so they are able to see if either has recently expired, and take into consideration that you are re-applying.

Q: What are the reasons people may fail CHAS assessment?

A: While only a small number of companies receive an out right “Fail”, please see the link below for the main reasons
http://www.chas.co.uk/FailureReasons.aspx

Q: What is the definition of 'construction work'?

A: 'Construction work' means the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work and includes:

  • The preparation for an intended structure, including site clearance, exploration, investigation (but not site survey) and excavation, and the clearance or preparation of the site or structure for use or occupation when completed.
  • The assembly on site of prefabricated elements to form a structure or the disassembly on site of prefabricated elements which, immediately before such disassembly, formed a structure.
  • The removal of a structure or of any product or waste resulting from demolition or dismantling of a structure or from disassembly of prefabricated elements which immediately before such disassembly formed such a structure.
  • The installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair or removal of mechanical, electrical, gas, compressed air, hydraulic, telecommunications, computer or similar services which are normally fixed within or to a structure.

Q: How do we use your information?

A: Please read the Fair Processing Notice