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.”
Aqua Group is proud to have achieved accreditation from the Contractors’ Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS)
CHAS is recognised as a market leader in the field of health and safety pre-qualification. The team complete health and safety assessments to a nationally-recognised and accepted standard.
To achieve our accreditation, Aqua Group went through a rigorous process of evaluation that involved an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) representative reviewing the company’s health and safety policy and arrangements. The IOSH also looked at a series of risk assessments & method statements produced for live projects and installations and assessed our key sales and project management employees involved.
As a CHAS compliant supplier, buyers have peace of mind that Aqua demonstrates a level of compliance with health and safety law and is committed to health and safety as part of its business.
“We’re really pleased to have gained our CHAS certification”, commented Aqua’s Quality, Health and Safety Manager Shaun Tribbeck. “Our CHAS status will hopefully illustrate to existing clients and potential customers our on-going commitment to the highest levels of health and safety.”