What is CHAS?

The purpose of CHAS Accreditation is to simplify the contractor assessment by adopting a common standard in accordance with the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

By having CHAS Accreditation, you can show your commitment to health and safety best practice by displaying the approved seal. Along with CHAS, other members of the SSIP members include SMAS, Altius, SafeContractor, Acclaim.  There are 900 public and private sector organisations and 70,000 contractors registered on the database.


The CHAS Application process can appear extremely daunting if you have never applied before. We often speak to clients who have been told to become CHAS Accredited in order to be even considered for work. It might be your first-time trying to achieve CHAS or you just don’t have the time or resources each year to complete the application.

Why not let us take the weight off your shoulders, allow you to get on with your day job and complete the application for you. Our service is affordable, hassle-free and will save you a lot of time:

  • We quote an affordable fixed price with no hidden costs.
  • we will complete your application, identifying gaps within your documentation and providing compliant policies and documents where relevant.
  • We can submit your application within 5 working days.
  • You become CHAS accredited.
  • We have 100% success rate in assisting our Clients attain and maintain their accreditation

We also provide affordable competent advice contracts and can be your dedicated health & safety consultant if required.


It will cost you a bit of money to become CHAS accredited. However, the benefits of being a member of CHAS outweigh your original outlay, as you are more likely to win contracts and generate more money and business by having CHAS in place.

We are frequently told by clients and contractors that you have been instructed to become a member of CHAS mid contract or before you are even considered to be on a tender list. Therefore, it is commercially essential for you to have CHAS in place in order to win contracts, as you do not want to miss out on potential work and be excluded from a tender list.

  • CHAS Accreditations can create more work opportunities by enabling you to work with local authorities, hospitals, schools, universities and construction companies. You will be considered a CHAS approved contractor and are more likely to secure work with these organisations in the future.
  • CHAS brings credibility to your business; recognised as one of the highest standards of safety you can reassure your client that you are both professional and safety conscious.
  • CHAS enables you to tender for your own work. You may be a subcontractor with plenty of experience in your field but not have the health and safety paperwork and arrangements in place.
  • Many large organisations use the CHAS database in order to search for contractors. Make it easier for them to find you and increase your work opportunities.
  • In addition to the discussed benefits, an obvious advertising benefit is the use of the recognised logo. Many clients and contractors display the CHAS logo on their work vehicles, paperwork and email signatures to show their competency.

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Construction Phase Plans Explained (What, When, Who And Why)

What is a construction phase plan? When is it required, and who writes it? A construction phase plan is a document required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM). In this blog post we explain the what, when, who and why of construction phase plans.

If you work in construction or become involved in a construction project for the first time, you are likely to hear the term ‘construction phase plan’.

But what is a construction phase plan? When is it required, and who writes it?

Let’s answer all those questions and more.


A construction phase plan is a document required under CDM

It is required on all construction projects

It is produced by the principal contractor (or sole contractor if only one)

It is used to plan and manage construction work safely (and comply with the law)

What is a construction phase plan?

A construction phase plan is a document required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations – often referred to as CDM.

The CDM Regulations apply to every construction project, regardless of size or duration, commercial or residential.

Sometimes referred to as the construction phase health and safety plan, or the CPP, the construction phase plan is a document required by the CDM regulations on all projects.

The construction phase plan is a health and safety management document for the project. It will include details of the work that is being done, the project team and emergency arrangements.

What does a construction phase plan contain?

The contents of the plan should all be specific to the project, and to how safety and health issues will be managed on site.

It is good practice to refer to your standard procedures, but do not include them all within your construction phase plan as it will drown out the site-specific information that your workforce need to know.

The construction phase plan is NOT a catalogue of risk assessments and method statements for individual tasks and activities on the project, these are separate documents that will be required under the management of health and safety by all contractors involved in the project.

Here are the key headings that you are likely to cover.

Project Description

The scope of the work and key project information such as the project team, including the management team (client, principal designer, designers, principal contractor, and other consultants), along with subcontractors and key suppliers.

Project Management

The construction phase plan is a health and safety management documents and this should be an extensive section of the document, setting out management arrangements for the work.

The management structure of the project should be detailed along with arrangements for key management procedures such as induction, training, security, welfare, accident management and liaison between the parties on site. The project safety goals, site rules along with fire and emergency procedures.

Arrangements for Controlling Safety Risks

Safety risks should be identified and the management arrangements in place to control the risks adequately on-site detailed. Consideration should be given to any activities that are likely to increase the risk of accidents on site.

This will include arrangements for dealing with services, structures, excavations, fragile materials, lifting operations, and plant or equipment on site.

Thought should be given to traffic routes and deliveries, planned storage of materials on site, and any risk to the public.

Arrangements for Controlling Health Risks

Health risks should be identified and management arrangements outlined to control the risks throughout the project.

Consideration should be given to any activities that are likely to put the health of operatives, visitors or members of the public at risk.

This should include health risks such as asbestos, contaminated land, radiation and hazardous substances.

Activities such as manual handling, and exposure to noise, dust and vibration should also be covered in this section.

The Health and Safety File

It is important to outline the arrangements for gathering information for the health and safety file, and the proposed layout of the file and format of the information.

Use the construction phase plan review to check you have covered the contents needed for your plan.

When is a construction phase plan required?

Construction phase plans used to only be required on notifiable projects under the previous version (2007) of the regulations.

However, following an update to the regulations in 2015, construction phase plans are now required on ALL construction projects.

Yes, that’s right, ALL construction projects.

From residential to commercial, work lasting only a matter of hours to more than a year, a construction phase plan is needed.


So, no matter what size project you are working on, if it falls under the definition of construction work, you must make sure there is a construction phase plan in place.

The construction phase plan must be prepared before work starts on site, so you can’t start work without one.

When should a construction phase plan be updated?

The construction phase plan should be updated as necessary throughout the project as work progresses and things develop, for example, if plans or arrangements change.

As some project details may not be known or finalised at the commencement of construction work, the construction phase plan should be viewed as a live document, and updated as necessary throughout the project.

The important requirement is that the construction phase plan is up to date for the construction work that is about to take place.

Who produces the construction phase plan?

On projects with more than one contractor, it is the principal contractor’s duty to produce the construction phase plan.

“12.—(1) During the pre-construction phase, and before setting up a construction site, the principal contractor must draw up a construction phase plan, or make arrangements for a construction phase plan to be drawn up.”

On projects with only one contractor, it is the sole contractor has the duty to produce the construction phase plan.

“15.—(5) If there is only one contractor working on the project, the contractor must draw up a construction phase plan, or make arrangements for a construction phase plan to be drawn up, as soon as is practicable prior to setting up a construction site.”

Whether it is the principal contractor, or the single contractor preparing the construction phase plan, it must be developed before work starts on site.

Why have a construction phase plan?

Not only is a construction phase plan a legal requirement under CDM, but it is also an important health and safety document.

The key benefit of the plan is to improve safety planning and management for the project. By setting out the health and safety arrangements and requirements for the project, the entire team can work together to reach high safety standards and project safety goals.

One of the duties assigned to clients by the CDM regulations is to ensure that a suitable construction phase plan is in place prior to activities commencing on site.

“4.—(5) A client must ensure that—

(a)before the construction phase begins, a construction phase plan is drawn up by the contractor if there is only one contractor, or by the principal contractor;”

Therefore if a project starts without a construction phase plan in place, then at least 2 key duty holders have breached the CDM regulations – the Principal Contractor (or sole contractor) and the client.

Need help creating your construction phase plan? https://www.dromoresafety.co.uk/enquire-online/

Check out all the duties of principal contractors and contractors in our free CDM duty holder guides.


5 Steps to Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are an absolute requirement under health and safety legislation and  failure to conduct them is an offence.

Risk assessments are designed to ensure employers have adequately considered the things that can go wrong in the workplace and should take into account:

  • People
  • Premises
  • Plant
  • Procedures

It’s important to understand the difference between risk and a hazard:

Risk is the chance, high or low, of somebody being harmed by the hazard, and how serious the harm could be.

A hazard is anything that may cause harm, e.g. chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, noise etc.

The HSE suggests that risk assessments should follow five simple steps:

Step 1: Identify the hazards

Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how

Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions

Step 4: Record your findings and implement them

Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary

Prevention is the preferable course of action and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations suggest the following:

  • Avoid the risk completely – change the design or the process
  • Substitute – use less hazardous materials, e.g. different chemicals
  • Minimise – limit exposure to individuals, perhaps by job rotation
  • General control measures – guarding, barriers or warning systems
  • PPE – the last resort because it protects only the individual

Conducting Risk Assessments

When conducting risk assessments, the assessor should take into account the information that is available for the type(s) of risks involved, including:

Regulations, e.g. Work at Height Regulations 2005

Any associated Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), which provides practical interpretation of the legislation for employers

Good practice guidance notes from the HSE, special interest groups and trade associations

Company’s own health and safety policy and arrangements document (sometimes more exacting than the law itself)

The people doing the job who know how things are actually done, rather than just how they should be done

External consultants, e.g. asbestos specialists

Record and Review

Employers with five or more employees have a legal duty to record risk assessments in writing. These should be communicated via memos, training, team briefs etc.

They should then set a date for review to check whether the risk assessment is still adequate, following:

  • Changes in working practices
  • New plant
  • Changes in legislation, and/or
  • As a result of an accident

Finally, it is important to get out into the workplace and ensure that risk control measures are in place and working effectively.

If you would like assistance in compiling site specific Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS) then contact us today https://www.dromoresafety.co.uk/enquire-online