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 recognised as CDM 2015) and is a founder member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement). As one of the founders of third party accreditation we are not only a trusted advisor on health and safety compliance, we are an authority. We set industry bench marks, provide assurance and reassurance, and offer best-in-class service s 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.
We have more than 900 public and private sector client organisations and 70,000 contractors registered on the CHAS database.
CHAS is a founding member of SSIP and played an integral part of its launch in May 2009. Supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), SSIP acts as an umbrella organisation by having cross-recognition between its members. Its main aims are to reduce health and safety assessment costs and duplication in the supply chain.
SSIP Mission Statement
"Our mission is to act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes wherever it is practicable to do so"
For us to achieve and maintain our SSIP registration we, like other schemes must demonstrate and maintain the standards required by HSE through an annual independent third-party audit. The audit is in two parts, we continue to demonstrate quality management to ISO 9001 and health and safety pre-qualification to the HSE approved standard.