Why is CHAS so difficult?

CHAS is a well known and recognised health and safety assessment, but it can be a very difficult accreditation to achieve.

CHAS carries out an assessment of your health and safety provision, and will add you to their suppliers list and give you a certificate to show that you have passed. However, having CHAS do the assessment isn’t the only way to get a CHAS certificate.

CHAS is a member of the SSIP Forum (Safety Schemes in Procurement). This means that they should assess you H&S procedures in the same way as every other forum member company (and there are lots of others).

All of the SSIP forum members (including CHAS) assess your H&S procedures according to the PAS:91 government specification for contractor H&S assessments.

However, not all of the SSIP forum member organisations work in the same way:

Some will be based in a single office, with all the assessors regularly talking to each other,  and training each other, which makes the application process more predictable and easier.

Some (like CHAS) will rely on external consultants based all over the country, with no regular communication, and each with their own specialisms, preferences and pet-hates. This makes the application process very dependant on the assessor you get, and so much more unpredictable, and difficult.

Some SSIP members will assess your application to the PAS91 standard. This standard was written to assess whether a contractor has sufficient H&S provision to safely work as a sub-contractor on an external site, or principal contractor for a client.

The standard does not require that you have done PAT testing on your own office equipment, or a fire assessment for your workshop, or detailed tests and calibration on tools that you do not use on site.

However, some SSIP members (CHAS) will want to see all of this information. We are not saying that this is a bad thing, and you should certainly be doing it if it applies to your company. But, it hardly seems fair for a company to pay hundreds of pounds for an assessment, then fail it on the basis that you have not had PAT testing done, when this is not actually part of the specifications that you are supposed to be assessed to.

So, CHAS has lots of independent assessors spread across the country, and they do not assess to the core PAS:91 standard. This makes it much more difficult to achieve the accreditation than it should be.

We’ll soon be posting how you get around this problem, and our preference when it comes to choosing an SSIP member to carry out your assessment.

CSCS Health and Safety Course – New Date Set

Due to high demand, we have an extra date for the Health and Safety Awareness course on 2/12/16

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (02 December)

Other courses we have running are :

SMSTS Site Managers Course 20 Oct 2016

Just 2 weeks until our next SMSTS course.

We have a few spaces left on our Site Managers course on 20/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (20 October for 5 Thursdays)

Other courses we have running are :

CSCS Health and Safety Course – 14 Oct 2016

Just 3 weeks until our next Health and Safety Awareness course.

We have a few spaces left on our health and safety awareness course on 14/10/16, but the deadline for bookings is approaching.

If you would like to find out more or book a place, please follow the link below.

CSCS Health and Safety Course (14 October)

Other courses we have running are :

H&S Course dates for late 2016

We have just published our course dates for the last half of 2016.

Courses include:

Please remember that there is no longer a 6-month grace period on the CITB Site-Safety-Plus qualifications. If your certificate expires, you will need to re-site the entire course, rather than doing the shorter refresher course. This applies to:

Risk Assessment Templates

keep-calm-and-do-a-risk-assessment-1Risk assessments – you’ve got to do them, but where do you start?

Well, a good place to start is with the HSE’s “Five Steps to Risk Assessment“.

When you read it, you’ll realise that it’s actually pretty simple – exactly how it should be. After all, risk assessment is part of human nature anyway – we’re always weighting up the risks involved in things we do, from crossing the road to jumping off a bridge on a bungie rope…

It’s the writing-it-down part that’s the difficult bit for most people.

Well hopefully, we can help you out on the road to writing a good risk assessment. We’ve got a set of three risk assessment templates for you to download for free.


You’ll need to be registered and logged in to download these risk assessments

The first is our standard risk assessment template. It’s simple enough to use, and comes as a plain word document that’s easy to edit. We’ve included an example in the document for reference.

As you add more hazards, just add more rows on.

The second risk assessment template is more of a checklist. It captures the main information about the site and the task, then prompts you to think about a number of common workplace hazards.

This one can be used with the above. For each item you identify in the checklist, record your detailed findings in our standard risk assessment template. If you don’t fancy doing that much work, you can buy one of our generic risk assessments to bridge the gap.

Just remember, the list we provide isn’t exhaustive, and you may need to add extra bits to it to make sure everything is covered – we’ve only included the most common workplace hazards, and wouldn’t recommend using it on a construction site or in a garage.

The last of our templates is a sample from our Safety First system. These risk assessments are really easy to create, and Safety First comes with a comprehensive library of risk assessments already built for you – the one you need is probably already there waiting, along with all the other H&S documentation that’s been giving you headaches and sleepless nights. If you’re looking for something specific, contact us and we can let you know if Safety First can help.

No need to mess around with tables and rows in Word any more – adding, editing and removing hazards is really easy and it will even remind you when you need to review the documents to keep them up to date (it’s really good at putting the HSE’s “Five-steps” into action).

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Find out more about Safety First here

ISO 9001 Certification

We are very pleased to have recently achieved our ISO 9001 certification with QAS International.

Going through this certification has really helped us in the way we run our business, and has made us think about how we work with out customers to make sure that they get a good quality service.A14665

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