If you’re looking to hiring a contractor for any kind of building work, it’s essential that you find someone with the right accreditations.
If your piling contractors don’t work in accordance with the correct health and safety codes and accreditations, they could be putting you and your property at risk. At Dart & Co. Foundations, we’re proud to say that we have a team of CHAS accredited contractors for piling, as well as a range of additional health and safety accreditations.
What is a CHAS Accreditation?
CHAS is one of the founders of third-party accreditation. CHAS stands for The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme. It was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK. Now it’s one of the most widely recognised schemes available. The aim of The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme is to do the following:
- To simplify health and safety contractor assessment by standardising requirements.
- To avoid companies having to undergo a health and safety assessment for every job they take on.
Why is a CHAS Accreditation Important?
Every business needs to understand responsibility, and for piling contractors, this is particularly important. It’s essential that we understand and manage risk in a responsible way in order to prevent accidents and create a healthy work environment.
A third party accreditation such as CHAS can set industry benchmarks in order to ensure that everyone is working to a certain standard. It’s important that, as a client, you feel comfortable with your piling or foundation contractors. Standardising requirements can help to ensure this. For a business, a CHAS accreditation assesses the following:
- Health and safety policy
- The organisation of health and safety
- Health and safety training
- Insurance details (Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance)
- Training qualifications
- Maintenance records
- Subcontractor competence
- Construction Phase Plan
- First aid training
- Staff inductions
- Health surveillance
- Fire risk assessments
Businesses must re-apply annually to ensure that they are maintaining the high standards set by the scheme.
What Other Health & Safety Accreditations Should I Look For?
As well as a CHAS accreditation, there are many other health and safety schemes to look out for if you’re having any groundwork done. These include, but are not limited to:
- The British Drilling Association – The UK’s trade association for the ground drilling industry aims to improve efficiency, health & safety awareness and standards in the industry.
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – Also referred to as HSWA, it is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain and aims to prevent risk to workers and those around them.
- Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999 – These regulations were introduced to reinforce the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and to further reduce risk in the workplace.
Ultimately, you need to feel safe and secure with your choice of underpinning, foundations or piling contractor. Third-party health and safety accreditations will help assure you that you’re employees are taking the correct measures to avoid risk and prevent accidents. If you’d like to read more, take a look at our health and safety regulations page.
Header image is courtesy of CHAS.