CHAS for Small Construction Contractors

Many small business that work within the construction market rely heavily on one or two main contractors for their work.  As part of this arrangement, the main contractor needs to be assured that the smaller business takes health and Safety seriously and has all the major protocols in place.

Go Electric LTD are a small family business that concentrate on the installation of electric vehicle charging units.  With the exception of an apprentice, all the employees are family members. The business centres largely around the installation of EV charging units in both domestic and commercial sites.  It is therefore important that industry accreditations such as CHAS are up to date to demonstrate the businesses commitment to health and safety requirements.

The CHAS accreditation scheme provides a framework where potential buyers can seek out a wide range of sub-contractor support through a range of construction support industries. These buyers can be safe in the knowledge that any company registered on the CHAS portal, delivers their services in compliance with health and safety law. The CHAS accreditation scheme is part of many Safety Schemes in Procurement.

The CHAS accreditation scheme examines the areas covered by the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 that a business should be implementing in the normal cause of the business. This means that several areas of evidential proof are required that demonstrates the businesses commitment to being in line with safety requirements.

KIS Safety are specialist in assisting businesses with implementing health and safety into their business practices and in particular, helping them navigate, what appears to be a complex process. Part of the evidence required is a business’s commitment to training with regular updates.

As an ongoing provider of safety advice to Go Electric LTD, part of our service involves reviewing the ongoing training needs of the business.  By working with them, we have assisted in developing site specific risk assessments and the identification of control measures. These can range from the production of safe systems of work, along with elements of training.

As a small business, time is an important factor where all employees need to be working and completing customer job requirements. With time being a critical factor, the utilisation of online training is the natural conclusion.  For health and safety aspects, as consultants to the company, we were able to identify specific training requirements for staff. This included Manual Handling, Working at Height and Asbestos Awareness training.  These could all be concluded when time was available for staff, being able to “chunk” the learning to suit.

Once completed, training certificates were available for the business to load up to the online CHAS portal system.

On reflection how can Go Electric LTD example help you in your business.

If you run a small business where time is sensitive to productive output, then having the flexibility to conduct the training when it is suitable to the needs of the business is paramount. As responsible employers and suppliers, you want to be secure in the knowledge that your staff are trained to the highest standards possible.

Identifying hazards facing staff and implementing a plan of control measures is key. Having staff understand how and when they play a role in both their own, other contractors and customer safety is paramount.

Asbestos Awareness

As well as informing you about the risks of working with asbestos, the course will deliver a lot more information about: Recognising asbestos, where it’s used, minimising the risks and the legislation about working with asbestos.

Approved by ROSPA & IATP – Duration 65 mins* – £25.00 including VAT

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