CHAS and SSIP ApplicationsCHAS - Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme
CHAS is one of the main Health and Safety pre-qualifications schemes and it is used by many clients to select which contractors are invited to tender for their work. If you have not made a CHAS Application and are not registered with CHAS as being CHAS Compliant or CHAS Accredited, you may find that certain clients will exclude you from their tender lists altogether. Safety Services Direct provides a complete CHAS Consultancy Service to help and assist its clients to achieve CHAS Compliant and CHAS Accredited status. As well as CHAS Applications we also assist with SafeContractor, EXOR, ConstructionLine and any other contractor/client specific Health and Safety Questionnaires.
We take the stress out of CHAS Applications, SafeContractor and other prequalification questionnaires, enabling you to concentrate on running your business and managing your works.
Unlike other organisations providing a similar service, all of our CHAS applications will be completed by Chartered Safety Practitioners and you will be also be provided with access to a 24 hour helpline with ongoing safety support throughout the year, don't settle for a simple application form filling service that provides you with no assistance and backup once they have completed your application form.
As part of our service we will provide you with access to a 24/7 helpline and ongoing support throughout the year. Unlike other just repeated web-based services that just complete forms for you but leave you high and dry when you need them most.
If you want to work for a local authority, housing association, some main contractors, some NHS Trusts and many other client organisations, then it is likely that they will require you to be CHAS Compliant or CHAS Accredited before they even allow you to tender for work!
- Do you need to make a CHAS application to get on a tender list?
- Are you unsure about how to become CHAS Accredited, CHAS Compliant or CHAS Registered?
- Are you worried about the high failure rates (for Initial CHAS Applications)?
- Do you need help with your CHAS Application Registration?
- Do you want to tender for contracts with your local council or main contractor that requires you to be CHAS Registered?
- Are you unsure if you have the documentation required by CHAS for Assessment
- Have you already failed your CHAS Assessment?
- Do you want professional Assistance with your CHAS Application?
If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, then you need to call Safety Services Direct as we offer a complete CHAS assessment and CHAS application service for companies and organisations looking to register with CHAS or submit a CHAS Application with a view to becoming CHAS Compliant or CHAS Accredited.
Safety Services Direct Ltd has a truly enviable success rate in assisting organisations with their CHAS Applications, ConstructionLine, EXOR, SafeContractor, Altius & SSIP Accreditations. However, despite the claims of some of our competitors, success can never be guaranteed as the assessment is not carried out by ourselves and depends on a wide number of factors, however we have an excellent track record in helping and assisting organisations through the assessment process.
Click here to read a selection of our client testimonials for CHAS.
Safety Services Direct are an award winning firm of professional competent Chartered Health and Safety Consultants, we work with companies of all sizes from sole traders to large national contractors. All of our CHAS Consultancy Services are tailored specifically to your organisation and the way that you work, we will also continue to work with you, advising and assisting you on all health and safety matters long after your CHAS Assessment has been completed. This is all done for a fixed annual fee with no hidden extra's, unlike other consultants we will not charge you travelling time, accommodations costs or substantial additional fees for acting as your competent person or safety advisors. As CHAS themselves recommend, shop around when looking for a consultant, we are confident that our prices and quality of service are the best you will find, try us - you won't be disappointed.
For more information about making a CHAS Application and becoming a CHAS Registered Contractor, call our CHAS Helpline today: 01237 477931
You can also call the above number to talk to a consultant about SafeContractor, ConstructionLine, EXOR or any of the other assessment schemes.
Please note that only our CHAS Application Support Services includes 12 months provision of our professional Health and Safety Advisory Service and unlimited access to a named Advisor to assist you with not only your CHAS Application also with the management of health and safety throughout the year. We do not add this as an extra when the question is later raised by your assessor!
About CHAS and the CHAS Scheme
Making a CHAS application and filling out the CHAS assessment application forms can be a daunting process, so we will work with you and assist you with your CHAS Assessment Application, ensuring you have all of the necessary documentation and procedures that are required by CHAS in place before making your CHAS application. We advise you on your training needs and prepare health and safety policy or environmental policy documents and any other health and safety documentation that you may require as part of your CHAS Application. Furthermore we will fulfil the role of your health and safety advisors throughout the year for a low fixed price fee, we will then review the CHAS assessment application before it is submitted to CHAS for assessment. Having access to competent health and safety advice and support, together help in the preparation of your CHAS Assessment Application will all significantly improve your chances of a favourable CHAS assessment.
When it comes to making a CHAS assessment application we offer a complete one-stop-shop, and we are probably the only health and safety consultants that can provide you with competent health and safety advice, competent construction safety advice and competent Environmental advice, all of which are now essential requirements for a successful CHAS assessment application.
The quality of our CHAS consultancy services and customer satisfaction are the most important factors of our business, we understand that you have deadlines and can not afford to wait days for a consultant to call you back about your CHAS Application, or for another week before a consultant will even start looking at working on your CHAS Assessment Application. We therefore pride ourselves on always being available, calling you outside of working hours if necessary and providing a service of the highest quality within agreed timescales and to an agreed fixed budget. At the end of the day it is our aim to help you make a successful CHAS application and prevent your failing your CHAS assessment.
If you would like to talk to a Health and Safety Professional about applying for a CHAS assessment or about making a CHAS application, or alternatively if you have failed your CHAS Assessment, then call us today on the following number for a FREE Consultation with one of our expert CHAS Health and Safety Consultants:
01237 477 931
or email us using:
Alternatively, please read the information below to find out more about the CHAS Assessment scheme and CHAS Application Process and remember that if you have any questions or are unsure about anything to do with Health and Safety or the CHAS Scheme it will not cost you anything to speak to one of our expert Health and Safety Advisors.
We make CHAS easier for you!
Click here for a small selection of testimonials from our clients, also we are an Award Winning Chartered Health and Safety Consultancy with a substantial team of competent professional advisors to assist you in all areas of your work.
What is CHAS Registration?
CHAS stands for the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.
The CHAS Assessment Scheme is a government run (not for profit) scheme administered by the London Borough of Merton. CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) has been developed and refined over a number of years by local government health and safety and procurement professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive. Although the CHAS Assessment scheme has been developed by government bodies, the CHAS Assessment scheme is available for use by any public and private sector organisation as an aid when short listing contractors, suppliers and consultants who apply to work for them. The CHAS scheme provides information and assurances about the health and safety systems and competence of the organisations who have been CHAS assessed or are registered as CHAS accredited.
To become registered with CHAS, organisations have to submit an application to CHAS and then have a CHAS assessment carried out on their CHAS Application. By doing so their potential clients know that they meet minimum acceptable standards of health and safety compliance. Clients from both the public and private sectors use the CHAS Assessment Scheme to make assessments of contractors in this way. Once the CHAS application has been approved for an organisation, their details are uploaded to the CHAS database where client members of the CHAS Assessment Scheme can review an organisations details and CHAS application form to check that they are in fact CHAS registered. One of the benefits to contractors, is that by making a successful CHAS application, they can demonstrate to a wide number of potential clients that they achieve or exceed the minimum standards laid down by the CHAS Assessment scheme.
Furthermore with the implementation of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM), there are stricter requirements on Clients and Principal Contractors to ensure that they only employ 'Competent Contractors'. The CHAS Assessment Scheme has been named in the CDM Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive as being one of the assessment schemes that can be used when demonstrating your competence as an organisation.
What Does CHAS Assess?
The CHAS assessment does not assess health and safety competence for specific types of work but concentrates on fundamental health and safety management and compliance issues as they apply to the work you undertake. The table below shows the main areas that will be assessed as part of your CHAS application, though in all cases documented evidence and examples have to be provided with your completed CHAS Application Form include:
- Health & Safety Arrangements
- Safety Policy Statement
- Work Equipment Procedures
- Health & Safety Training
- Employee Consultation Arrangements
- First Aid Provision
- Fire Emergency Procedures & Fire Risk Assessments
- Display Screen Equipment Assessments
- Manual Handling Assessments
- Electrical Safety & PAT Testing
- Risk Assessments & COSHH Assessments
- Asbestos Awareness Training & Management
- Health Surveillance Arrangements
- Accident Reporting Procedures
- Work Equipment Inspections & Maintenance
- Personal Protective Equipment PPE
- Access to Competent H&S & Construction Advice
- Contractor Management & Competence Assessment
- Workplace Safety Inspections
- Fire Risk Assessments
- Monitoring Audit & Review Procedures
Full details of the CHAS assessment standards can found on the following web page: www.chas.gov.uk
What Are The Benefits Of Belonging To CHAS?
Membership of the CHAS Assessment Scheme can assist contractors by:
- Demonstrating a level of compliance with health and safety law (to assess competence);
- Avoiding duplication of effort by reducing the need to submit multiple H&S Questionnaires to clients;
- Overcoming inconsistency in assessments with some contractors being assessed as compliant by one employer but not others;
- Providing opportunities to secure New and Larger Commercial Contracts;
- Enabling them to be considered for contracts that they would previously not have even been shortlisted for;
- Enabling the health and safety elements of Constructionline to be complied with.
- CHAS Membership enables you to meet the core criteria of the other SSIP Assessment Schemes such as EXOR
Being a member of the CHAS Assessment Scheme should also reduce the number and frequency with which you have to fill in and send off Health and Safety Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, as the CHAS Assessment Scheme is becoming a standard pre-requisite for virtually all local authorities and government departments, meaning that one application will potentially pre-qualify you to work for many different clients across the whole of the UK, this should save you having to make multiple applications and assessments when tendering for work. The CHAS Assessment Scheme is currently used by over 300 client members, whilst over 17,000 contractors have been assessed by CHAS.
How Do I Become CHAS Registered?
To become registered on the CHAS Assessment Scheme, you need to download a copy of the relevant CHAS application form from the CHAS website. Once you have your CHAS application form you need to answer all of the various questions, provide evidence to support your answers and submit a wide range of documentation, including training certificates, your health and safety policy document, risk assessments, COSHH assessments, method statements, fire risk assessments, manual handling assessments and other documentation. In addition to this you also have to provide CHAS with details of your historic health and safety performance and details of where you obtain your Competent Health and Safety Advice, Information and Support from.
Alternatively, Safety Services Direct Ltd can work with you to remove the burden and speed up your CHAS application and CHAS Assessment process, allowing you to concentrate on managing your day to day work. We can progress your CHAS Application for you advising you and assisting you enabling you to submit a strong CHAS Application.
A Word Of Caution!
Although many see the the CHAS assessment process as being easy and straightforward, this is usually far from the truth. Although many see registration on the CHAS assessment scheme as being easy and straightforward, this is usually far from the truth. The CHAS website stated that "Since our scheme started, four out of five small and medium sized contractors will fail their first assessment an indication of general poor compliance in SME's". - May 2008.
We therefore strongly advise organisations to think very carefully before making a CHAS application and as it clearly states on the front page of the CHAS Application form, those with a responsibility for Health and Safety should complete the CHAS Application form. Safety Services Direct has significant experience in making successful CHAS applications on behalf of our clients and we would happy to provide you with a fixed price quotation for our CHAS services, to assist and work with you in preparing your CHAS application, we will do as little or as much as you like, we can complete your entire CHAS Application form and supporting documents, or just advise and support you with your CHAS Application - this is entirely up to you.
How Can Safety Services Direct Ltd Help?
If you need to make a CHAS application make sure you call Safety Services Direct on 01237 477 931 before doing so, we can reduce the burden and streamline your entire CHAS application by working with you to ensure that you have all the necessary systems, procedures and documentation that CHAS requires. We offer a full CHAS application service whereby we can complete your CHAS application form, review your existing safety documentation and provide you with any additional documentation that you may need to help you manage health and safety and demonstrate your competence to your CHAS assessor.
In addition to this, we can also advise you on any additional training requirements that you may need and act as your competent health and safety advisors. All of our services are offered on fixed price basis and your CHAS application will only be dealt with by a Chartered Health and Safety Professional, with extensive experience of the CHAS scheme.
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