CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was created by health and safety professionals to improve health and safety standards across the UK. ? In line with legislation, their aim is:

  • To simplify health and safety contractor assessment by standardising requirements.
  • To allow companies to avoid undergoing health and safety assessments for every job.
  • To provide assurance and reassurance.

There are more than 900 public and private sector client organisations and 70,000 contractors registered on the CHAS database.

So what training requirements are needed to become accredited?

The size, nature and business scope of organisations going through CHAS Assessments may mean that additional and more advanced training is required to meet the necessary standards, however, CHAS will seek evidence that ALL CONTRACTORS have provided

A MINIMUM INDUCTION LEVEL OF TRAINING TO ALL EMPLOYEES in a range of core subjects. This training includes:

  • Health & Safety Awareness
  • Reporting of accidents, health issues and dangerous incidents (RIDDOR)
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Working at Height
  • First Aid
  • Fire Safety Awareness Training
  • Noise and vibration
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regs (COSHH)
  • Electricity
  • Manual handling
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWE) Regs

As a minimum – these training courses should be refreshed every 3 years and asbestos awareness refreshed annually.

THAT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF TRAINING!! So, how can gaining accreditation be made easier and more cost effective for organisations?

It doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming and expensive. At Compliance Training Ltd we can provide all this training in just 3 days (at the minimum requirement level).

A number of other options are available, but this is the most popular;

Day 1

  • Health & Safety Awareness Training also incorporating;
  • Reporting of accidents, health issues and dangerous incidents (RIDDOR)
  • Noise and vibration
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regs (COSHH)
  • Electricity
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWE) Regs
  • Asbestos Awareness Training

Day 2

Day 3

Keeping the training reduced to 3 days, keeps the costs involved to the business much lower. Training rates are reduced due to the merging of topics (as little as £19 per person) It also means that employees are not off the job for longer than necessary, meaning less impact on capacity and workload.