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.

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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.

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Are you a Domestic client?


Are you having some work done on your property?

Below is a list of useful information resources if you are having construction work carried out on your own home or the home of a family member.


Domestic clients

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/areyou/client.htm

Duties

Domestic clients:

People who have construction work carried out on their own home or the home of a family member, that is not done in furtherance of a business, whether for profit or not. Domestic clients are in scope of CDM 2015, but their duties as a client are normally transferred to:

  • the contractor, on a single contractor project, or
  • the principal contractor, on a project involving more than one contractor.

However, the domestic client can choose to have a written agreement with the principal designer to carry out the client duties.

www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/domestic-clients.htm


Planning

www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/applications/howtoapply/preappadvice

www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/glossaryandlinks/links/planningaid

www.planningguide.co.uk/merton


Legislation

www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/CDM_2015


Local Authority Building Control

Advice for homeowners on extensions and conversions

www.labc.co.uk/advice-building-projects/homeowners


Finding a trader

Trading Standards Institute Consumer Codes Approval Scheme

www.tradingstandards.uk/advice/ConsumerCodes.cfm


Local Authorities/Councils

Some Local Authorities may hold a list of Local Tradesmen. Check with your local Council.


Employing a builder by Stockport Council

www.stockport.gov.uk/2013/2998/43251/employingabuilderbooklet


TrustMark

Search for a trader:

www.trustmark.org.uk


Trade associations

Check memberships:

http://www.britishservices.co.uk/associations.htm


HAE (Hire Association Europe)

The leading trade association for equipment hire companies

http://www.hae.org.uk


EHA (Event Hire Association)

The leading trade association for event equipment hire companies

http://www.eha.org.uk


Companies House

See how long a company has been trading and if they are still trading verify address:

http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk


HSE prosecutions/notices

www.hse.gov.uk/prosecutions/search/simple

www.hse.gov.uk/notices/search/simple


Health & Safety

Are they accredited by a reputable safety Scheme e.g. CHAS or other SSIP Scheme?

If you wanted to verify that a company is

CHAS registered:www.chas.co.uk/ContactCHAS.aspx

SSIP:www.ssip.org.uk


Citizens Advice

Top tips on how to spot a cowboy builder

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/scams/common-scams/building-scams/top-tips-on-how-to-spot-a-cowboy-builder1/

Finding a trustworthy trader:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/finding-a-trustworthy-trader/


Consumer Advice

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/Y9Vpnl94w0pwKly0VLBTVm/consumer-advice


Trading Standards

Search for your local Trading Standards office:

www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office


References

Always get references from previous customers for the type of work you want to have done

Quotes

Obtain quotations from at least three contractors

Contract

Check the terms of the contract carefully, including payment, timescales and any penalty clauses


Useful information

www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk