Media Invitation Photocall – CHAS Presentation

Tuesday 14 February 2006 – 11.00am
Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX

An official presentation will take place on Tuesday 14 February to mark the ten thousandth contractor to register with the CHAS scheme.

The contractor who reached this monumental mark was P.W Reynolds Limited from Bromley, Kent. Mickey Freeman will attend the ceremony and accept the award and free accreditation to the scheme on behalf of his company. There will be also be a certificate and gift voucher presented to David Twaits, who was the assessor who undertook their assessment.

John Murphy, CHAS scheme manager, responsible for the implementation of CHAS and leading Tuesday’s ceremony said:

“It gives me great pleasure to hand this award to P.W Reynolds Limited and David Twaits, as it’s testament to how far the scheme has come since it was introduced.”I’d like to commend the hard work of everyone involved with CHAS throughout the country, because without their hard work and endeavour, we wouldn’t have hit this benchmark.”

Launched in 2001 on the internet, CHAS has contributed significantly to efficiency reducing the burden of health and safety pre-qualification, as well as providing significant savings in both time and money for members and contractors, and can help small and local businesses to improve safety management.

The main objectives of the scheme are to avoid duplication in health and safety pre-qualification for contractors and clients. It provides clear and transparent assessment standards, which are acceptable to both clients and applicant. It enables a contractor to demonstrate compliance and satisfactory management of basic health and safety. CHAS offers more than a straightforward pass/fail. Assessors are committed to helping those small and medium sized companies who may fail their initial assessment, so that they can improve areas of weakness and achieve compliance.

CHAS and Constructionline have formed a ‘mutual working agreement’ to work together to provide the public sector with a full pre-qualification service for clients. Constructionline is the Government’s national register for constructors. In the same way that CHAS offers a tool for use in the health and safety element of pre-qualification, Constructionline provides the pre-qualification tool for use in financial standing, technical references and other areas.

The scheme is open to health trusts, councils, emergency services, the voluntary sector, housing associations, government departments and universities. Any commercial organisations or companies who