CHAS assists members in finding COVID-19 secure contractors
Supply chain risk management organisation CHAS added a COVID-19 Statement of Best Practice to its member packages, to help organisation identify whether they are COVID-19 secure.
Many firms have had to make rapid adjustments to working practices in order to operate safely during the coronavirus outbreak and CHAS says its Statement of Best Practice will assist in verifying that these adjustments have been made in line with latest government and sector guidelines.
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 in place COVID-19 specific risk assessments, method statements and controls;
- Sharing the risk assessment with staff (and online for organisations of over 50);
- 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.
CHAS Managing Director, Ian McKinnon comments: “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 – particularly while running on skeleton staff.
“The Statement of Best Practice (COVID-19) makes it easy for contractors to qualify for work whilst giving clients immediate visibility of a contractor’s COVID-19 secure status.”
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