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The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

CHAS moved to annual assessments with effect from 1st October 2012, please call us if you require support for re-assessment.

What is CHAS

Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is a time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.

CHAS assesses applicants:

  1. Health and safety policy statement;
  2. Their organisation for health and safety;
  3. Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to buyers and to others.

Background

In 1997 a group of health and safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government (ALG) to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system.

CHAS started with two main aims.

  1. To improve health and safety standards across Great Britain.
  2. To reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.

To date more than 500 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, including a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors, recognise CHAS.

CHAS Benefits:

Participating in the CHAS scheme helps both suppliers and buyers.

  1. Suppliers show compliance with health and safety law (the core criteria described in the CDM regulations).
  2. On achieving compliance a supplier is approved to work for all of CHAS’ buyers. (Some Buyers may require “Accredited” Status).
  3. Inconsistencies are reduced where some suppliers may be judged compliant by one buyer but not another.
  4. CHAS gives guidance on any weaknesses in a supplier’s safety management, including how they can improve.
  5. Being a CHAS supplier or buyer saves both time and resources.

For more information please call us to discuss.

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Legislation Change to reporting of injuries

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

Changed – 6 April 2012

Historically if an employee was off for three consecutive days following an incident at work then the business was responsible for ensuring it was reported to the HSE within 10 days.

As of 6 April 2012, the trigger point for RIDDOR reporting has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported has increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.

What the business must do:

  • Review the H&S manual Review the accident policy
  • Review the accident form
  • Review content of training courses
  • Ensure changes are documented appropriately.
  • Communicate changes to employees and managers with specific incident reporting responsibilities.
  • Realign how the business analyse incidents and how they are recorded at board level.

Contact us if you need a review.

 

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Slips, Trips and Falls

Over a third of all major injuries reported each year are caused as a result of a slip or trip. These cost employers over £512 million a year in lost production and other costs. Slips and trips also account for over half of all reported injuries to members of the public. The acts that apply are:

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Employers have to ensure their employees and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public) are kept safe from harm and that their health is not affected. This means slip and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and fall.

  • Employees must use any safety equipment provided and must not cause danger to themselves or others.
  • Manufacturers and suppliers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They must also provide information about appropriate use.
  • Employers must assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety.
  • Floors should be suitable for the workplace and work activity, kept in good condition and kept free from obstructions.

What should you consider?

  • Provide Non-slip floorings in areas that can’t be kept dry and use cordless tools to avoid trailing cables across working areas. 
  • Organisation Workers need to be involved and committed to reducing risks. Give employees responsibilities to ensure that areas of the workplace are kept safe, eg getting spillages and objects cleaned up quickly, keeping access routes clear and ensuring lighting is maintained. 
  • Keep a record of who is responsible for which arrangements; take special care to include cleaning and other contractors. Make these details clear to everyone. 
  • The business should have a safe management system in place to prevent slip, trips and falls in the workplace.
  • Identify key areas of risk through risk assessment. Careful selection of materials, equipment and work practices can prevent or contain slip and trip hazards from liquids, fine powders and objects.
If in any doubt then please contact us, we are here to help you.