PAS91 - Four new applications available shortly
PAS91 is a
publicly available specification that contains question sets suitable for use
to assess construction
supply chains. Also known as Construction Pre-qualification Questionnaires. The definition of construction was taken from the
CDM Regulations, so as well as
new build PAS91
can also cover
other areas, such as demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.There are
mandatory question modules that cover commercial aspects of the company (including
governance, financial, key contacts) and
health & safety. There are also several optional modules and the ability to add further specific questions. PAS91 is now in its second iteration.
What is the purpose of PAS91 ?Its purpose is restricted to providing a
standardised set of questions. PAS91 does, however, provide some guidance as to the type of evidence a supplier may provide in response to specific questions.The aim of PAS91 is to provide a
common set of questions so that suppliers, such as contractors, service providers, designers etc, will be asked questions that they are familiar with.
Is PAS91 mandated by current CDM Regulations ?Although the CDM Regulations guidance does not make the use of PAS91 compulsory.
does comply with the question set defined in PAS91. How can you use the PAS91 standard as a Client ?It is sound business sense to check out any organisation you are looking to do business with. You will want to ensure that they are
financially viable, well governed and have
the organisational capability to work on your behalf.Many clients will seek to do this by the use of a questionnaire, commonly referred to as a PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire), often through a service provider such as CHAS.
To comply, ensure that you ask all the mandatory questions by using the same wording as PAS91,
in the same order and using the numbering system provided. Although additional questions can be added, bear in mind that PAS91 is there to reduce time spent on PQQs (by both parties).Are existing accreditations recognised by the PAS91 model ?Where pre-existing certifications are in place, PAS91 will allow clients to recognise these and cut down on additional questions. For example, if the supplier has been assessed by a member of
SSIP or has ISO 9001 or 14001 issued by an accredited certification body, by providing evidence of this they can cut down on the number of required responses.
Sustainability is now a key issue for many companies, and clients are keen for its potential contractors to have a
commitment to sustainable environmental practices. A written policy does not necessarily need to be a lengthy documents (1-2 pages may suffice) but should always reflect your business processes.
The client assessing this information will be considering:
Passing or failing this requirement may be as simple as your organisation's progress towards achieving external accreditation. Therefore your response may not necessarily be unacceptable for not having implemented this. but you may score poorly in comparison to an organisation who is either developing them currently, or already has these systems and processes set up and fully operational.
Typically the kind of information requested will be;
The environmental application will operate as follows:
If you have an ISO 14001, BS8555 or EMAS accreditation you can supply your current certificate to CHAS in order to complete your environmental application with CHAS, alternatively you will be required to answer a standard question set in alignment with PAS 91 standards.
reassure the client that your organisation has the
management systems and processes in place to consistently deliver the goods/services asked for in the contract.
Key considerations for the client will be:
The quality management application will operate as follows:
If you have an ISO 9001 accreditation you can supply your current certificate to CHAS in order to complete your quality management application with CHAS, alternatively you will be required to answer a standard question set in alignment with PAS 91 standards.
The purpose of this application is to ensure that a company is
financially capable of delivering the requirements of the contract. The level of risk a buying organisation will place on this will be primarily determined by the value and length of the contract, the impact on business continuity, and on the community, if there is contractor failure.
Key considerations for the client can include;
Information typically requested:
We recognise that some SMEs or
newly established businesses cannot always demonstrate the necessary track record demanded. Most clients will make allowances for alternative methods of showing financial standing.
CHAS equal opportunities & diversity application
Our equal opportunities & diversity application provides clients with information on your
equality and diversity policies, and how you promote these among your workforce.
The documents, and your responses, will be available for clients to view.
Equality Act 2010 aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination and
promote equality of opportunity and allows organisations, to foster good relations. The Act also establishes a new Single Equality Duty on public authorities. This consolidates the three existing public duties on
gender. Additionally, it covers
age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. Clients who are assessing your suitability for selection will be looking for evidence that you are compliant in your processes in accordance with legislation.
They will want to consider if the contractor is compliant with its statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010. They may also consider:
Equality Act 2010 & Human Rights Act 1998
The kind of information requested can include;