Putting Safety First

Aqua Group have successfully renewed their accreditation of the Contractors’ Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).

CHAS was initially developed by health and safety professionals in 1997 as part of a drive to improve health and safety standards within the UK. The aim was to simplify contractor assessment by standardising health & safety requirements across the board.

To achieve accreditation an IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) qualified CHAS representative evaluates all areas of a company’s health and safety procedures. This includes analysing risk assessments and method statements, inspection plans, site visits and relevant COSHH documentation (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

For Quality, Health & Safety Manager, Shaun Tribbeck, the continued CHAS accreditation is part of Aqua’s ongoing commitment to health and safety. Shaun explains, “CHAS demonstrates our compliance and commitment to health and safety legislation within our industry. Not only does it give reassurance to clients and potential customers but also ensures the safety of our engineers and project managers when they’re working onsite.”

In addition, Aqua Group’s team of project managers and sales engineers have undergone CDM (Construction & Design Management) training. The CDM programme originated from the Construction, Design & Management Regulations legislation in 2015 and ensures contractors understand their legal requirements and duties when working on construction projects.

“Health and safety is just something that can’t be compromised”, comments Shaun. “We have an obligation to ourselves, our staff and customer base to adhere to any changes in legislation and to make sure our procedures are as rigorous and robust as possible. CHAS and CDM all work towards this end and their principles are at the forefront of our internal processes and procedures.”