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Government building plans welcomed, but health and safety must be a priority

fchasVeriforce CHAS, the UK-based leader in supply chain risk management and contractor assessment, has expressed strong support for the Government's plans to expedite the UK’s planning system and boost construction efforts. However, with a rise in construction related fatalities in recent years, CHAS is emphasising that health and safety must remain the utmost priority as the UK scales up its building capacity. 

The Government’s planning reforms, which include a pledge to build 1.5 million new homes over the next five years, necessitate a significant increase in construction labour. With the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealing an alarming rise in construction-related fatalities - there were 51 fatalities in 2023/24, up 42% from the average of the last 4 years - CHAS is stressing the crucial need for leading clients in the construction industry to ensure that subcontractors are not only available but also adequately qualified for new projects.

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Unlock your future in plumbing with a comprehensive water regulations course

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Are you looking to elevate your career in plumbing and become an approved plumber or contractor? The specialised BPEC course on Water Regulations and Byelaws at Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire College is exactly what you need to take that next crucial step. The course is for anyone requiring an understanding of water regulations/water byelaws. In particular those wishing to become approved plumbers/contractors.

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Building competent supply chains: The impact of the Building Safety Act 2022

y0hSQaaAlex Minett, global head of new markets at Veriforce CHAS, explores the role of competence in the new Building Safety Act and offers insight on how organisations can foster competence throughout their supply chains.

The Building Safety Act 2022, which took effect on October 1, 2023, represents a pivotal shift in the UK construction industry's regulatory landscape. This legislation introduces stringent dutyholder requirements to enhance accountability, particularly in higher-risk buildings (HRBs). A key component of this act is its focus on driving competence throughout the entire supply chain, ensuring that all parties involved in building projects meet high standards of skill, knowledge, and responsibility.

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Veriforce CHAS contractors lead the way in addressing mental health and wellbeing

CDILcVCIn just two months since the launch of the CHAS Mental Health & Wellbeing Question Set, Veriforce CHAS is delighted to report that more than 5,000 CHAS members have completed the assessment. This enthusiastic uptake highlights the industry’s commitment to managing mental health and wellbeing, while also enhancing their prequalification credentials.

Developed to support Causeway Technologies’ campaign to integrate mental health into procurement conditions for construction contracts, the Mental Health & Wellbeing evaluation was launched at the beginning of May 2024. 

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Health, Safety & Sustainability: Questions every organisation should be asking

alex minettEnsuring a commitment to health and safety is a well-established practice. However, as Alex Minett, Global Head of New Markets at Veriforce CHAS (pictured), explains, companies are increasingly being held accountable for their suppliers' sustainability practices. This shift makes robust prequalification processes and social sustainability assessments essential.

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