The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is one of the UK’s main health and safety pre-qualification schemes. It has been set up to reassure clients about a company’s competence and health and safety systems and those participating in the scheme must meet certain standards.
By participating in CHAS, managers and company owners can show their firm is compliant with health and safety law, as well as benefiting from guidance on how to improve any issues with safety management. Normally, firms looking to participate in the scheme will undergo an initial site inspection, after which health and safety documents are inspected. Guidance and assistance will be given in the preparation of any new policies and documents and training provided, if required. Participating in CHAS can provide companies with peace of mind because they can demonstrate that they are compliant with health and safety law and that they have made a concerted effort to protect customers and staff.
Benefits of the scheme
There are a number of benefits for firms participating in CHAS – here are just a few:
- Demonstrate compliance with health and safety law
- Reduce the risk of compensation claims from staff and members of the public
- Receive guidance on improving health and safety management
- Assistance with preparing new policies and documents relating to health and safety
- Peace of mind that your firm is meeting its health and safety obligations
Of course, if you are negligent, a member of staff or member of the public could still file a claim for compensation against you, but participating in the scheme shows you take health and safety seriously and are committed to improving your safety management.
Have you been injured at work?
For employees who have been injured at their place of work, it is well worth checking whether your employer is a member of CHAS. Health and safety policies should be in place to protect you and if your employer has failed to meet their obligations under the scheme, you could be eligible to claim for compensation. Whether you have been injured by faulty machinery or suffered a slip, trip or fall, contacting a personal injury lawyer is a wise move, as you can find out whether you will be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are open 24/7 and our team of personal injury lawyers have experience dealing with workplace accident claims. Take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could claim or call us today – we’re waiting to help.