CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK.
In partnership with the Association of London Government (ALG), CHAS was a key developer of the core criteria held in the Approved Code of Practice which supported the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (now recogonised as CDM 2015) and is a founder member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement). CHAS set industry benchmarks, provide assurance and reassurance and offer best-in-class services that are easy to use and cost effective.
This health and safety legislation was created to achieve the following aims:
- To simplify health and safety contractor assessment by standardising requirements.
- To allow companies to avoid undergoing health and safety assessments for every job.
They have more than 900 public and private sector client organisations and 70,000 contractorsregistered on the CHAS database.
CHAS undergoes an annual third-party audit to achieve and maintain the HSE’s Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) standard.
They also demonstrate quality management to ISO 9001 standard and environmental management to ISO 14001. The health and safety assessment complies with stage 1 health & safety pre-qualification as defined by CDM 2015.