CHAS accreditation renewal; what it means for our customers
We are delighted to announce that Ecotile Flooring Ltd has been audited and our CHAS accreditation renewed. CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK and is an extremely useful tool for organisations looking for suitably competent suppliers.
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.
CHAS assesses applicants:
- Health and safety policy statement;
- Their organisation for health and safety;
- Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.
We find our CHAS accreditation to be extremely useful as many of our clients, especially the large facilities and construction companies will only offer opportunities and work with companies who have achieved SSIP accreditation. It also offers peace of mind to be able to say we have CHAS.
It is also a huge advantage to have the opportunity to review our health and safety systems and procedures with feedback from an independent professional. Every time we renew our CHAS accreditation we find some things to improve so our staff are always safe. Membership includes the public sectors: health trusts, emergency services and government departments and large private companies who have a supply chain.
Ultimately we complete the initial H&S application process for buyers, saving time and resources for all involved in the process. The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment; the CDM Core criteria. CHAS is a founder member and past Chair of Safety Schemes in Procurement – Competence Forum or SSIP. Please go to CHAS accreditation for more information.
Lucinda O’Reilly, Exports & Marketing Director is an integral part of the team that has grown Ecotile Flooring in to the successful manufacturing business it is today. Over the last 20 years she has successfully employed her skills in sales and marketing to ensure Ecotile Flooring is recognised as the market leading manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. Lucinda’s love of travel means the Ecotile brand is dominant all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
To ensure compliance with export regulations Lucinda has gained accreditations from the Chamber of Commerce in Incoterms & Export Licence Controls and Export Procedures & Documentation and has completed the Institute of Export course on Incoterms 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Export, was a finalist in the Natwest Open to Export competition in 2018 and was instrumental in Ecotile Flooring winning a Queen’s Enterprise for International Trade in 2017. Lucinda has recently been interviewed by BBC News and Channel 4 News for her insights on Brexit and is an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade.