What is CHAS?

by | Sep 15, 2017

CHAS is a health and safety accreditation scheme that aims to improve health and safety standards across the UK.

If you are a contractor and you want to improve business visibility, earn instant trust and gain more clients, then CHAS accreditation is for you!

CHAS, or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, started back in 1997 and is a founding member of the SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement). It’s an approved Stage 1 Health and Safety Competence Assessment Scheme recognised by the HSE and many other organisations.

Being that it’s such a well-recognised pre-approval scheme, potential clients will instantly see that you are capable of meeting all of the health and safety requirements necessary to achieve CHAS accreditation.

Many organisations now deem CHAS accreditation a pre-requisite before allowing contractors onto a tender list which means you could be losing a lot of business without it!

It’s one of the most popular and well-known SSIPs and means that you have satisfied all HSE requirements across all other pre-approval schemes so there is no need for multiple assessments.

What are the benefits of CHAS accreditation?

The main benefit of CHAS accreditation is that you are able to use the CHAS logo on paperwork and websites which improves credibility and trust amongst clients as they can instantly see that you have met the highest health and safety standards set by HSE.

You will also be added to the CHAS database which means increased visibility to buyers and clients; hence, more business coming your way.
The advertising that your business receives as a benefit of being CHAS accredited is more than you would earn spending a good chunk of money on ads and promotion.

Aside from the marketing opportunities that CHAS accreditation provides you with, it can also help with business productivity.
By having a standardised process in place, suppliers and buyers will improve their communication at every stage and ensure they are Health and Safety compliant in all aspects of the business.

All in all, this will result in better health and safety practices which is always a bonus. It has benefits for buyers too. Instead of having to sift through questionnaire submissions when looking for a contract on an urgent basis, they can request CHAS certificates which is a much quicker and easier way of assessing a business’s health and safety practices.

A CHAS certificate indicates that the company adheres to the highest health and safety standards.

How do I get a CHAS certificate?

To get a CHAS certificate, you need to go through the CHAS application process and pass on the basis that you are fully CHAS compliant.

It is quite a lengthy process and many businesses are put off because of how complicated and frustrating it can be, which is why we offer a CHAS Accreditation Service where our professional safety practitioners support you through every step of the application making it a quick and easy procedure.

We have years of experience helping small and medium sized businesses get CHAS accredited, so we are more than confident that we can help you too!

Your CHAS certification lasts for 12 month which does mean that you must be assessed annually – so if your accreditation is about to run out get in touch with us today.

For more information, give us a call on 01237 477 931 or head back to the main website


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