What Accreditations are Relevant to a Builders’ Clean?
Building sites and construction areas can be dangerous working environments, and often require highly specialised expertise to be cleaned.
The best way to be certain that the cleaning company you choose for your commercial contract is fully qualified to carry out the work is to check that the accreditations they hold are relevant to a builders’ clean. There are a number of certifications to look out for, all indicating quality and assuring a high level working practices and standards. Here are some of the most common…
The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme:
Formed over 15 years ago, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) was created with the aim of providing contractors and consultants with an industry standard for health and safety accreditation. Widely recognised throughout a number of associated sectors, the scheme became a web-based system in 2001, allowing ease of access to information and the application process.
The organisation works by evaluating all applicants’ health and safety policies, their general health and safety practices, and any health and safety arrangements specific to the particular working environments of the contractor.
All CHAS assessors hold National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health qualifications, and today there are 130 regularly trained evaluators working throughout the country to help your business gain CHAS accreditation. The certification itself is valid for 12 months, ensuring regular reassessment of every company’s working practices, and the CHAS website even has a section for buyers to locate and assess all accredited contractors for themselves.
British Institution of Cleaning Science (BICSc):
More specifically related to the cleaning industry, the British Institution of Cleaning Science (BICSc) is an independent body set up to provide businesses within the sector with education, training and up-to-date developments related to commercial cleaning.
Formed in 1961, the institution is now widely recognised as an industry standard accreditation, with over 5,000 members nationwide. They offer a range of accreditation services, including the professional field testing of equipment manufactured by cleaning suppliers, and their affiliates have access to a vast archive of helpful literature as well as regional meetings and conferences.
International Powered Access Federation:
Particularly useful if the site in need of cleaning contains difficult-to-access areas, such as high windows or guttering, accreditation from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) proves a company’s qualifications for using access vehicles. This can be especially important for builders’ cleans, where health and safety concerns around the use of heavy machinery are most prevalent.
Formed in 1983, IPAF provides training and accreditation related to the use of powered access across the globe, and has been involved in the design and safety development of new models. The federation awards PAL (Powered Access Licence) cards to all who pass their strict training assessments, meaning that those who hold the certification have been stringently checked.