The New Common Assessment Standard Is a Streamlined Accreditation Programme That Makes It Easier for Contractors to Gain Compliance and for Clients to Make Efficiencies in Supply Chain Management.
Introducing the Common Assessment Standard
Developed in line with Build UK, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and other accreditation bodies, the CHAS Common Assessment Standard is a common platform that streamlines the construction supply chain and makes it easier for contractors to gain compliance and accreditation.
This standard accreditation programme involves no time-consuming processes or confusing requirements. The streamlined pre-qualification process requires contractors to deal with a single assessment body just once a year and allows businesses to clearly evidence their capability based on criteria that have been agreed by contractors, clients and the wider supply chain.
You only have to provide information on an annual basis, either when alerted or when certain documentation, such as insurance, needs updating, and answer questions based on existing good practice, including areas covered under PAS 91. The questionnaire feels familiar and is easy to use after having used previous pre-qualification forms.
Covering both desktop and site-based assessments, the single Common Standard review covers 12 key areas of risk management:
•︎ Health and Safety (H&S) — The disclosure of existing H&S procedures and risk management policies to qualified assessors
•︎ Identity — Confirmation of contact details, company size and location, etc. to verify legality to operate within the UK
•︎ Financial — The disclosure of full accounts and held insurances and a signed confirmation payment code of conduct
•︎ Corporate and Professional Standing — The production of evidence relating to a range of topics, such as criminal, terrorist and human trafficking activity
•︎ Anti-Bribery and Corruption — Provide evidence of adequate procedures to prevent persons within or associated with your organisation from receiving bribes or bribing others
•︎ Modern Slavery — Demonstrating steps your organisation has taken to assess and manage modern slavery and human trafficking risks
•︎ Environment — A demonstration that environmental management standards are being met via the supply of documented arrangements
•︎ Quality — Confirmation that quality management standards for construction output, training and general performance are being met
•︎ Equality — Proof of conformity to the Equalities Act, the Minimum Wage Act and the Immigration, Asylum and Nationalities Act
•︎ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) — The production of evidence that a sound CSR policy and anti-slavery and human trafficking statement are held
•︎ Information Security and GDPR — Demonstration of full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation
•︎ Building Information Modelling — Confirmation of how the organisation develops, manages and controls design information
CHAS Premier package members gain access to the Common Assessment Standard application and can secure accreditation for their companies by following the new streamlined process.
Your Questions Answered
Question 1: What Are the Benefits of the Common Assessment Standard for Contractors?
- Build your business and secure contracts by reassuring your clients that your organisation is compliant
- Manage compliance more efficiently and improve productivity
- Play on a level playing field, with the same standards applied to all contractors
- Save time and money with a streamlined pre-qualification process, allowing jobs to be completed more efficiently
- Minimise the completion of multiple applications
- CHAS risk management experts are on hand to guide you through the process from start to finish
- Training and support are available to ensure you are fully prepared for the assessment
Question 2: Why Is the Common Assessment Standard Being Adopted by Clients?
- Supply chain improvements — get reassurance that your supply chain is being actively managed to high industry standards
- Greater access to pre-qualified contractors, which will enhance efficiency
- CHAS provides real-time notifications and alerts if any contractors’ accreditations lapse, enabling clients to address the problem quickly and minimise costly downtime
- Visibility of the entire supply chain via the CHAS intuitive online dashboard, with the option to search via geographical location, skillset and more
- Scope for further collaboration and partnership with both contractors and leading authorities involved in the development of the Common Assessment Standard, including Build UK and CECA
Question 3: How Can I Get Help With the Common Assessment Standard?
For more information regarding the Common Assessment Standard call us on 020 8548 3838 and a member of the team will be happy to help.
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