Safe Contractor is a scheme run by the Government. Every month thousands of contractors and consultants apply for work with organisations in the public and private sectors. To be awarded the relevant contract, the companies and individuals applying must meet specific standards of health and safety.
The Safe Contractor Scheme has been developed to avoid each individual contract having to assess individual suppliers health and safety competence. As all Safe Contractor buyers accept proof of competence, when becoming Safe Contractor approved then duplication is reduced.
Safe Contractor has been developed and refined by Government Health and Safety and Procurement Professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive, since 1999. The Safe Contractor scheme was initially developed by as SupplyLine, and later developed into Safe Contractor, and is now available for use by any public and private sector organisation when short listing Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants who apply to work for them as an aid. The scheme provides information and assurances about the health and safety systems and competence of the organisations who have been Safe Contractor accredited or assessed.
At the heart of what we do is our national online database, the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants. In terms of efficiency, time and cost saving and best practice, Constructionline is proven to deliver for public and private sector organisations alike.
For suppliers to the construction industry, Constructionline means that you no longer need to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms for every construction tender. What’s more, with 8,000 buyers already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, Constructionline is a great tool to market your organisation.
By providing an up-to-date register of pre-qualified suppliers for construction contracts, Constructionline is a common sense solution that 8,000 buyers from over 2,000 organisations are already making the most of. We pre-qualify all of our suppliers to government standards, and maintain relationships with a range of industry, ePurchasing and Government partners to ensure that we remain relevant to procurement professionals within the construction industry.
Each month thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
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In 1997 a group of health and safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government (ALG) to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system.
CHAS started with two main aims:
These days we have more than 500 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, including a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors.
ISO 9001 certification is an internationally recognised standard demonstrating commitment to quality and customer satisfaction as well as continuous improvement.
A Quality Management System ensures your customers are continually satisfied with the products, services and quality of service supplied.
Implementing a Quality Management System will motivate staff by defining their key roles and responsibilities.
Cost savings can be made through improved efficiency and productivity. Systems can be developed, hence less waste, disruption and fewer complaints. Customers needs, will be met more efficiently resulting in increased opportunities in the Market.
A lot of organisations require ISO 9001 certification to qualify for a tender or to achieve preferred supplier status: typically for a Local Authority.
However there are many other benefits that can be added to these, including:
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system, a standard which can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system.
ISO 14001 is suitable for organizations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or governmental.
An environmental management system helps organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues.
An environmental management system helps organizations improve their environmental performance through:
It requires that an organization considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets out the requirements for an occupational health and safety management system, a standard which can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system.
ISO 18001 is suitable for organizations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or governmental.
An occupational health and safety management system helps organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their occupational health and safety issues.
An occupational health and safety management system helps organizations to improve their occupational health and safety performance through.
It requires that an organization considers all occupational health and safety issues relevant to its operations, like all ISO management system standards, ISO 18001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to occupational health and safety concerns.
The Door & Hardware Federation represents all the key manufacturers and installers of industrial, commercial, pedestrian and garage doors and powered gates, as well as manufacturers of locks, building hardware and architectural ironmongery.
The DHF actively helps its members comply with the latest CE marking legislation and other health & safety and compliance legislation. In addition, compliance gives members the competitive edge in the market over non member companies which are yet to comply with latest CE mark regulations.
It is vital that specifiers choose a CE marked product from a DHF member. The CE mark is evidence of product safety compliance under health and safety legislation, and so it helps protect the specifier from litigation in the event of an accident occurring post installation.
All automated doors and shutters must be CE marked under the Machinery Directive legislation. From July 1 this year, all other (non fire) industrial doors must be CE marked under the Construction Products Regulation.
The DHF is also committed to helping its members reduce the environmental impact caused by the design, manufacture, maintenance and use of their products. It is about to work with members on a number of sustainability initiatives.
With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet Quality Assured standards of competence and customer service. They all operate within a code of conduct governing standards of workmanship, quality, training, safety, business integrity and CE marking compliance.
UK members of the Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (ALEM) are members who either produce, supply or both: lifting, loading, elevating products and services for the handling of loads safely.
ALEM members produce and supply a high standard of product that are compliant to all the relevant UK and European legislation and with their associated services give the customer assurances of quality and safety.