ProjectLink achieves CHAS Accreditation
We've done it again! ProjectLink are delighted to have been awarded a CHAS accreditation.
In line with our process of continued development and improvement, ProjectLink are delighted to have been awarded a CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) accreditation. Since 1997 CHAS has been established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. CHAS started operations in 1997 with a view to improve health and safety standards across the United Kingdom. Assessing a supplier’s health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Being CHAS approved confirms to a potential client that the ProjectLink comply with important parts of health and safety law (the core criteria described in the Construction Design & Management regulations) and have been successfully accredited for:
- Health and safety policy statement
- The organisation for health and safety
- Health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to CHAS auditors.
The importance of Health and Safety in the construction workplace became even more defined on 6th April 2015 when CDM regulations 2015 came into force. These key changes to the regulations are as follows:
- Replacement of the CDM Co-ordinator (CDM-C) role with a Principal Designer responsible for health and safety in the design team.
- Before work starts on site, the Client is required to appoint a Principal Designer and Principal Contractor - while ensuring that these are able to demonstrate that they can deliver the project in a way that ensures health and safety best practice.
- A construction phase plan will be required for all projects.
- The client must notify the HSE of any projects that are expected to last more than 30 working days (with more than 20 persons on site).
- These regulations may increase the client’s responsibility. However, by adopting CHAS in the procurement process, clients will further decrease the amount of admin they are required to do. This is because suppliers with a CHAS member will have already met the required health and safety criteria, meaning that they will have more time to focus on the project specific requirements.
ProjectLink have always been focused on the importance for health and safety to be a primary concern on all our sites and this CHAS accreditation allows us to provide evidence of this ongoing commitment.