CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation (0-4 Employees)
CHAS or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme is one of the leading Health and Safety Assessment Schemes and is a founding member of the SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement).
At Your Safety Advisor Ltd we help tradesmen, builders and contractors of all sizes, from sole traders upwards, to gain CHAS Accreditation. We don’t just email you a package of documents and leave you to sort it out, we work with you as Your Safety Advisor, to help ensure that you can comply with the CHAS Assessment standards and demonstrate that you have all of the necessary health and safety policies and procedures; risk assessments; method statements; safety training; and other arrangements in place that are needed to gain CHAS Accreditation.
Furthermore we will guide you on how to use and implement these essential safety procedures to help you demonstrate to your CHAS Assessors how you manage your health and safety responsibilities on a day to day basis. Your Safety Advisor Ltd can also remain with you for a fixed period after the completion of your CHAS Assessment as your retained Safety Advisors to help ensure that you have access to ongoing competent health and safety support
The CHAS SSIP assessment can be complex and involved and many companies find it a daunting process, Your Safety Advisor Ltd can remove that stress by effectively completing the CHAS Assessment process on your behalf and ensuring that all of the CHAS health and safety requirements have been addressed.
Our quotes include for the appointment of Your Safety Advisor Ltd as your Retained Health and Safety Advisors and for the completion of the online CHAS Safety Questionnaire (0-4 Employee version). You may already have some documentation in place, but if you don’t, we can also help out in this respect.
Please note that this CHAS listing is for self employed tradesmen and companies with less than 5 employees (including any labour only subcontractors). For companies with 5 or more employees, please click here.
CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation
With our help and guidance and for a low fixed fee, Your Safety Advisor Ltd will help you complete your CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation, enabling you to concentrate on running and managing your own business.
We understand that it pays to employ specialists where necessary, be it an Accountant; an IT professional; an Electrician or Gas Engineer; or yes…. a Construction Safety Advisor. So with our fixed fees starting from only £425.00 plus VAT, can you really afford to waste day after day trying to complete your CHAS SSIP Assessment yourself? Surely your time would be better spent on your day job, doing what you know best and leaving us to concentrate on your CHAS Application.
The CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation or, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme as it is also known, is a health and safety Pre-Qualification scheme, which has been designed to allow contractors to demonstrate that they meet the minimum health and safety standards of the CHAS Assessment Scheme. CHAS is also a founding member of SSIP or Safety Schemes in Procurement which is the umbrella organisation that brings together many of the individual Health and Safety Assessment Schemes and aims to deliver a common standard throughout all such assessments, well that is at least the theory, in practice each of the schemes seems to have its own vested interests.
Even with CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation, there seems to be an ever growing lists of different and separate assessments available, including:
- CHAS (H&S)
- CHAS Premium
- CHAS Premium Plus
- CHAS Premier (Common Assessment Standard)
And even then, it will depend on how many employees (and this includes labour only sub-contractors) you have, ie: less than 5 or 5+.
Plus…. you then have the choice of going for: Full Application; Deem to Satisfy or Assured (On-Site Audit).
So, it really is not difficult to see why many contractors find it so confusing, they are not trying to make it easy for you. But, fear not, Your Safety Advisor Ltd has years of experience in completing CHAS and other SSIP Safety Accreditation’s and assessments on behalf of our clients.
Despite the above, the CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation is something that many contractors and tradesmen find is an essential business requirement and without it they are simply overlooked when it comes to tendering for local authorities, the NHS, Housing Associations, Schools/Colleges, Main Contractor and many other client bodies.
At Your Safety Advisor Ltd, we provide a straight talking tailored service to make sure that you can gain your CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditation with the least possible hassle. So as part of our service, we can guide you on exactly which level of membership is needed, we can then log on and complete the online CHAS Assessment Questionnaire on your behalf. We will also act as your Retained Health and Safety Advisors (another CHAS requirement!) to provide you with access to competent health and safety advice. In addition to this, we can also ensure that you have all of the necessary health and safety procedures, management arrangements and Safety Policy’s in place.
What Do CHAS Look at?
CHAS assesses all areas of your health and safety and these are some of the key factors:
- Health and Safety Policy, including:
- Safety Policy Statement
- Organisation of Health and Safety
- Health and Safety Arrangements
- Examples of:
- Health and safety training Records, such as:
- Insurance details, including:
- Employers Liability Insurance (where applicable)
- Public Liability Insurance
- PUWER / Equipment Maintenance records
- PAT Testing Records
- Health Surveillance Records
- Safety Audit Records
- Evidence of Access to Competent Health and Safety Advice
All CHAS SSIP Safety Accreditations are assessed in accordance with the CHAS Assessment Standards which can be found by clicking here. although this document may be daunting on first sight, to the professionals at Your Safety Advisor Ltd, its just a list of requirements that we will make sure you have in place before your CHAS Application is submitted for assessment purposes.
Many of our clients simply wouldn’t know where to start with the CHAS assessment process, why would they, after if you were a larger contractor or builder, you’d have an in-house Safety Expert dealing with this for you, so using our service is no different, although then you only pay us for providing this service, rather than having a permanent fixed wage to pay!
What are the Benefits of Being CHAS/SSIP Accredited?
The benefits of being CHAS SSIP Safety accredited for contractors and tradesmen include:
- A nationally recognised Safety Accreditation (CHAS)
- SSIP Membership
- Access to tender lists
- Increased company status
- Potential to grow your business
- The establishment of Safety Systems for your company
- Simplification of future Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ’s)
- Demonstration of compliance with Health and Safety Requirements
However, for many businesses, particularly smaller companies and sole traders, the prospect of completing a CHAS application can be a daunting, confusing and time-consuming prospect. Where larger companies have the advantage of in-house Safety Advisors to do this sort of work for them, this is not an economically viable solution for smaller companies and therefore our retained Health and Safety Advisor Service helps to level the playing field, by enabling small companies and sole traders to have access to competent health and safety advice for a low monthly or annual fee.
Additionally as a Retained Health and Safety Advisor Service customer, our Safety Consultants can help to complete your CHAS SSIP Accreditation at a low fixed cost, enabling you to become CHAS Accredited quickly and simply.
We offer a fixed cost CHAS Accreditation service which includes:
- Full unlimited support throughout the assessment process until your application has been approved
- Provision of our Retained Health and Safety Advisor Service for a limited period
- Addition of our Virtual Safety Advisor service
- Access to our unique online Safety Box health and safety resource
- Completion of the online CHAS Health & Safety Questionnaire
- Completion of the online CHAS Environmental Questionnaire
- Uploading of your supporting information and evidence to the CHAS Portal
- We will help you to create all the documents and supporting evidence required, which will typically include:
- Health & Safety Policy Statement
- Risk Assessment
- Method Statement
- CoSHH Assessments
- Sub-Contractor Competence Assessment Procedures
- Toolbox Talks
- Health and Safety Training Provision etc.
Unlike some other organisations providing a similar service, all CHAS applications are completed by Your Safety Advisor Ltd using our own Chartered Health and Safety experts with ongoing safety support throughout the process. We do not use administrators/clerical staff or lowly qualified safety staff to carry out this work.