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What is CHAS?

If you’ve had a look around the ASM Metal Recycling website, you’ll probably have noticed that we’re certified by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).  It’s also quite likely that you won’t be sure what that is.

Today, then, we’re going to take a look at what the CHAS is and why it’s important.

What is CHAS?

CHAS was set-up in 1997, by a group of health and safety procurement professionals working alongside the Association of London Government (ALG).  The aim of CHAS was twofold:

In 2016, more than 500 buyer organisations are certified by CHAS, including councils, housing associations, NHS trusts and many others.  And, as it happens, ASM Metal Recycling.

So, what does CHAS actually do?

Thousands of contractors and consultants apply for work with public and private sector organisations each month.  To gain this work, it’s a requirement that they meet the buyer’s own safety standards.  Needless to say, this can be quite a time-consuming process: there are a lot of different companies, all with their own unique requirements.

Being CHAS Certified can really streamline this, as supplier compliance can be accepted by all CHAS buyers.

CHAS assesses credentials in:

Essentially, CHAS buying companies can work with CHAS-certified suppliers worry-free.

What are the benefits to CHAS?

There are a number of reasons why this scheme is popular with both buyers and suppliers:

How is competency assessed?

There are three stages for businesses looking to operate as a supplier in the CHAS network:

Buyers will of course still be responsible for monitoring suppliers, ensuring they are working under the necessary safe conditions.

How is CHAS managed?

CHAS has ongoing founder member status with the HSE supported Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) competence forum.  The scheme also receives annual accreditation from an Independent SSIP appointed auditor approved by the Health and Safety Executive.

BM TRADA, a UKAS accredited certification body, also carry out an annual audit.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about CHAS and how it relates to our work, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help.