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Contractor Safety Accreditation Schemes

Contractor Safety Schemes

You may have ended up here as a result of being asked by a potential or existing client to become a member of a contractor safety accreditation scheme and asked yourself:

“What is that all about then?”

We are contacted frequently by businesses of all sizes who have been asked to register with a contractor safety accreditation scheme (for example CHAS, Safe Contractor, SMAS etc), the aim of this page is to help you understand the process and answer some frequently asked questions.

What is a Contractor Safety Accreditation Scheme

What is a Contractor Safety Accreditation Scheme

A contractor safety accreditation scheme is an assessment of an organisations health and safety system and practices carried out and certified by a 3rd party. It enables potential clients to reduce the amount of administration required when assessing if your H&S standards meet their requirements. Common Schemes include:

  • CHAS
  • SMAS
  • Safe Contractor
  • Construction Line (Acclaim)
Why Get Accredited to A Safety Scheme?

Why Get Accredited to A Safety Scheme?

Membership to a contractor safety assessment scheme is often required by clients as part of pre-qualification process to establish safety standards to be in place to allow an organisation to tender for work. In addition; having a contractor safety accreditation scheme in place may make your business more attractive to potential clients as it will demonstrate a recognised safety standard.

Is There a Legal Requirement to be Part of a Contractor Safety Scheme?

it is not a legal requirement under current health and safety legislation to have an approved accreditation, but as outlined above they can be a useful buisness advantage or even a must in some cases for certain tenders.

What is Involved in Becoming Accredited?

What is Involved in Becoming Accredited?

Different schemes (i.e. SMAS, CHAS, Safe Contractor etc) will have different requirements depending on the level of accreditation that you are aiming for (e.g: Contractor, Principal Contractor, Designer, Principal Designer). Typically, the process will require you to submit health and safety related documents for review by an scheme assessor (usually by email or uploaded via a website) and then depending on the outcome the assessment will be passed or you may be asked for further documents to be provided (this may be over a set period of time) or the assessment may be failed. The type of items you will be required to submit:

  • Signed (in the last 12 months) H&S policy that reflects the extent of your undertaking
  • Valid insurances i.e. Employers liability and public liability insurance
  • Recent Risk Assessments and Method Statements that reflect your work activity
  • If you use any hazardous chemicals examples of recent COSHH assessments
  • Records of employee H&S training carried out in the last 12 months (e.g CSCS cards, asbestos awareness etc) and evidence of trades qualifications (e.g NVQ, C&G etc)
  • Arrangements you might have in place for monitoring H&S i.e. safety inspections, tool box talks etc
  • Arrangements for how you communicate H&S to your employees i.e. site briefings, health and safety meetings
  • Details of how you receive competent Health and Safety advice i.e. external consultants such as us (Safewell Ltd)!
What are the Costs?

What are the Costs?

Depending on the scheme a fee is paid in advance and usually lasts for 12 months. Each scheme will charge a different rate depending on the scheme you are applying for and the level of accreditation you want to achieve. The details are on each of their respective websites.

I am already a member of a recognised scheme do I need others?

I am already a member of a recognised scheme do I need others?

Some companies will only accept membership to a particular scheme as the standard they want in place and do not permit negotiation around that standard. Depending on the scheme you are currently a member of it may be possible to apply for membership of another scheme with reduced fees and administrative activity. The SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) website explains this further. Sometimes, despite SSIP being in place some 3rd parties will insist on the scheme they prefer.

Ok, I Need Accreditation - How can Safewell Ltd Help Me?

Ok, I Need Accreditation – How can Safewell Ltd Help Me?

Depending on how you manage your current H&S system, accreditation may be challenging; you may not have enough knowledge about H&S or you may simply not have the time. All of the health and safety team at Safewell believe that having a compliant H&S system and having contractor safety accreditation scheme recognition are not mutually exclusive. Safewell can assist you by acting as your retained competent H&S advisors and helping you build a sensible and proportionate H&S system that allows you to comply with the H&S legislation and achieve contractor safety accreditation scheme recognition. The best thing to do is call us or drop us an email and we’ll talk you through your situation and if necassary pop out for a free meeting.

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Can we help you?

Safewell can assist you by acting as your retained competent H&S advisors and helping you build a sensible and proportionate H&S system that allows you to comply with the H&S legislation and achieve contractor safety accreditation scheme recognition. The best thing to do is call us or drop us an email and we’ll talk you through your situation and if necessary pop out for a free meeting.

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