How to apply for a CHAS assessment
CHAS has moved to annual assessments
With effect from 1st October 2012
CHAS, like the majority of other health and safety pre-qualification schemes, has moved to an annual assessment cycle.
View details of how this will affect you>>
1. If you are a contractor or consultant (supplier) download the application form relevant
to your company:
If you are a group making an application to us or through another scheme please contact the CHAS administration team
2. Gather required supporting documents (listed in application forms) and
contact us to say that your application is ready. Please remember to tell us your company name.
If you are contacting us for assessor details you MUST tell us what type of assessment you need, otherwise your assessment may be delayed. I.e. Contractor / Designer / CDM-C / Care Service Provider.
CHAS admin will contact you via email with assessor details.
4. Send all relevant information to assessor.
5. The assessor can take up to 10 working days to complete their initial assessment.
6. Once the assessor receives your application, you will be invoiced by CHAS this will be posted from the London Borough of Merton.
We would appreciate your prompt settlement of this invoice as non payment will result in your CHAS status being withdrawn, which could affect your ability to
tender for work.
7. The assessor will contact you in writing to inform you of their findings. If you are unsuccessful,
the assessor will explain the reason for this initial failure and you will have the opportunity to make the required
improvements and submit additional evidence or documentation.
8. If successful, you will receive a confirmation letter and - providing your request for an assessor
was made after 1st October 2012 - you will automatically be issued with accreditation which
is valid for 12 months.
Please note CHAS does not issue registration numbers.
The CHAS Assessment
The assessment is carried out as a desktop assessment, there are no visits to your office or site, so it is important
that when you send your application you include all supporting documents and evidence.
If you apply to one of our buyers for placement on their approved list, the assessment may be free if undertaken by them.
However this may take longer than a direct application to CHAS because of the buyers' limited professional resources to do
CHAS assessment is a simple process. Our assessors will do all they can to advise you as to what is needed to achieve compliance.
It is not unusual for suppliers to receive an initial failure letter or a request for further information.
You will be told what needs to be improved and have the opportunity to reapply within a mutually agreed time scale.
A fundamental principle of our scheme is to help any supplier improve their safety management should they fail.
In exceptional cases, if the policy or arrangements are poor, you may be directed to seek competent health and safety advice.
When tendering to one of our buyers, you should note you will not be short-listed if your status in CHAS
is 'failed or 'failed to resubmit'.
If you fail the assessment and then reapply to another CHAS buyer and it is more than two months since the failure date,
it is likely the buyer will have destroyed your documentation (they will keep the application and assessors findings).
Therefore you will have to start again and pay another assessment fee.
Areas to be Assessed
The table below shows the subject areas we assess. Not all areas of the assessment will apply to all suppliers, but it
will depend on the kind of work the supplier does.
|General Policy Statement
||Organisation for Health & Safety
||Health & Safety Training
|Fire and Emergency Procedures
||Display Screen Equipment
||Manual Handling of Loads
|Workplace and Inspections
||Fire Risk Assessment
||Monitoring, Audit and Review
What is Accreditation?
A CHAS compliant supplier meets acceptable standards of health and safety.
(the threshold standard or core criteria). Our buyers can view which suppliers are compliant.
Accreditation goes beyond compliance. Accreditation provides several benefits
including Licensed use of our logos on your stationery and livery and the potential for
reduced insurance premiums
Please note: accreditation only needs to be requested separately if an assessment
was requested before 1st October 2012
. After this date accreditation will automatically
be issued for compliant assessments. If unsure, please read
how do I know if I need to apply for accreditation?
Read more about CHAS Accreditation
Please read the CHAS fees and summary table
Acknowledging other schemes
We have a 'deem to satisfy' agreement with other SSIP audited schemes. Read more about
SSIP deem to satisfy and download an application form.
Please note that if you have previously registered with CHAS as either
Failed or Failed to Resubmit the deem to satisfy entitlement is forfeited.
You will have to make an application to CHAS for registration.