Commercial Kitchen Installation
FFM have just secured another companies CHAS accreditation this time for an engineering company based in Hampshire. The company installs commercial kitchens.
As an accreditation, CHAS gives the client that extra level of reassurance, in that the company they have chosen to carry out the installation works comply with the CHAS accreditation rules for health & Safety when undertaking a job.
The company is looking to expand and having the CHAS accreditation will help as they will be able to tender for those larger jobs, with the potential to break into the NHS contracts.
Principles and Purpose.
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants, (suppliers), apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.
Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
CHAS assesses applicants.
- Health and safety policy statement.
- Their organisation for health and safety.
- Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.
In 1997 a group of health and safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government (ALG) to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system.
CHAS started with two main aims.
- To improve health and safety standards across Great Britain.
- To reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.
These days we have more than 500 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, including a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors.
Participating in the CHAS scheme helps both suppliers and buyers.
- Suppliers show compliance with important parts of health and safety law (the core criteria described in the CDM regulations).
- On achieving compliance a supplier is approved to work for all of CHAS’ buyers.(Some Buyers may require “Accredited” Status).
- Inconsistencies are reduced where some suppliers may be judged compliant by one buyer but not another.
- CHAS gives guidance on any weaknesses in a supplier’s safety management, including how they can improve.
- Being a CHAS supplier or buyer saves both time and resources.
The Stages of Assessing Competency.
There are three stages in the assessment process from the time a supplier applies for a CHAS assessment, through to working for a buyer.
- The CHAS assessment: if a supplier passes this assessment they have shown they can adequately manage health and safety.
- The employer (buyer) checks a supplier has the ability, experience and resources to carry out the specific work they have applied to do. The buyer will look at things like method statements, specific risk assessments, references, examples of previous similar work, training and available resources.
- Monitoring the supplier when they are doing the work. Buyers will check suppliers are managing the work safely, carrying out the method statements properly, have enough resources, liaising properly, managing the site effectively and providing enough supervision.
The level of assessment at stages 2 and 3 are normally proportionate to the level of risk they carry. Buyers have a responsibility to monitor suppliers, making sure they are working safely, in order to protect staff and everyone who may be affected by the work.
If your reading this and your company would like to know more about getting through this process we can help just drop us some information on the contact us page and one of the team will come back to you. You can alternatively look at the CHAS website via this link.