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CHAS makes it quick and easy to find COVID-19 secure contractors

19 June 2020

CHAS, THE Contractors’ Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and supply chain risk management expert, has added a Statement of Best Practice (COVID-19) to its member packages in order to help anyone who engages contractors to immediately identify whether they are COVID-19 secure.

Organisations have had to rapidly adapt their working practices to operate safely during the Coronavirus outbreak and CHAS’ Statement of Best Practice (COVID-19) helps to verify that these adjustments have been made in line with the latest Government and sector-specific guidelines.

In order for a contractor to qualify as COVID-19 secure they must confirm (and, where appropriate, evidence) that they have taken three key actions which include:

*Producing and putting into place COVID-19 specific risk assessments, method statements and controls

*Sharing the risk assessment with staff (and online for organisations of over 50 members of staff)

*Displaying a notice to confirm they have complied with Government guidance

Construction-related businesses must also indicate that they are following COVID-19 Secure Site Operating Procedures as detailed by the Construction Leadership Council.

Route to compliance

For contractors to comply, they simply need to login to the contractor portal and upload and submit evidence to show they meet the requirements. Meanwhile, CHAS clients just log on to the CHAS Client Portal and they can instantly see whether a contractor has completed its Statement of Best Practice (COVID-19).

For organisations who are not already CHAS Clients, it is quick, easy and completely free to register. Doing so includes a range of business benefits, from the ability to easily source compliant contractors by trade and region from a database of over 50 0000 to the availability of dedicated business services.

CHAS managing director Ian McKinnon informed Security Matters: “We recognise that organisations are looking for reassurance that everyone within their supply chain is operating to the required COVID-19 secure standards, but we also know it’s extremely difficult for organisations to perform these checks independently, and particularly so while running on a skeleton staff. The Statement of Best Practice (COVID-19) makes it easy for CHAS contractors to qualify for work while giving CHAS clients immediate visibility of a given contractor’s COVID-19 secure status.”

*For further information visit www.chas.co.uk