CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a pre-qualification scheme that allows local authorities and other organisations to determine that you have the minimum standard required under the Scheme. It is a highly recognised standard that will save you time with pre-qualifications for other organisations.
CHAS Accreditation can be attained once a company has become CHAS compliant by meeting the minimum standards required under the scheme. Once you are accredited you receive extra benefits, such as use of the CHAS logos and access to information about your company on the CHAS database. Too see all the benefits click here.
While CHAS compliance is valid for two years, CHAS Accreditation needs to be renewed on a yearly basis and is subject to an additional fee.
If your company employs 5 or more people you are required under Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999 to have a written health and safety policy plus a competent safety advisor.
If your company employs less than 5 people you are not required to have a written health and safety policy but must still be able to prove your commitment to health and safety, as well having an understanding of legislation in relation to your business.