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CHAS announces single compliance solution to manage multiple supply-chain risks 

CHAS, the trusted name in supply chain risk management, has introduced CHAS Elite. This comprehensive compliance solution enables buyers and suppliers to demonstrate their regulatory compliance around health and safety, environmental issues, modern slavery, diversity, equality and inclusion, in a single product.

As supply chains become increasingly global and complex, the risk of compliance breaches is also on the rise. With CHAS Elite, buyers and suppliers can be assured that they are meeting the highest standards for health and safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility, with assessment against an increased range of associated risk categories. With an intuitive interface and easy-to-use tools, CHAS Elite makes it easy for organisations to identify and manage risks across their supply chain.

What’s more, CHAS Elite is constantly updated with the latest changes in regulations, enabling organisations to identify potential risks early on and take steps to mitigate them before they become damaging or disruptive.

CHAS Managing Director, Ian McKinnon comments: “We believe that CHAS Elite has the potential to transform how businesses approach supply chain risk management, enabling buyers and suppliers to demonstrate their compliance across a wider range of environmental, social and corporate governance regulations in a single platform.

By providing a comprehensive view of supplier performance, CHAS Elite is helping organisations to drive continuous improvement and ensure that their supply chains are compliant, efficient and reliable, whilst also enabling our community of more than 32,000 contractors to show they take their risk management responsibilities seriously.”

CHAS Elite builds on CHAS’s 25-year history of making Great Britain safer. Since CHAS’s launch, workplace fatalities have halved, and workplace accident rates have fallen by an estimated 220%. CHAS has also driven continual progress in supply chain management efficiency thanks to a commitment to promoting industry collaboration, including working with key industry bodies to develop standards, minimise duplication and reduce costs.

Ian McKinnon continues: “CHAS is once again setting the standard for supply chain risk management with a solution that helps businesses to identify risks early and take action to mitigate them, preventing disruptions and protecting their bottom line. Contact us today to join the many other industry-leading businesses taking advantage of CHAS’s free client services or find out how to become one of our trusted contractors to grow your business and your reputation.” 

CHAS is the leading provider of risk prevention, compliance and supply chain management services for clients and contractors.

CHAS is an authority and trusted advisor on health and safety compliance and responsible for setting industry benchmarks. Our aims are to:

  • standardise and simplify health and safety assessment for contractors
  • support organisations in efficiently managing their supply chains
  • deliver a full suite of supply chain management tools.

CHAS Elite accreditation assesses risk across the following categories:

Health and Safety;

Insurance;

Financial;

Environmental;

Quality Management;

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI);

Anti-Bribery and Corruption;

Modern Slavery;

Corporate and Professional Standing;

Corporate Social Responsibility

Information Management;

Identity and

Information Security

Find out more at: www.chas.co.uk or call 0345 521 9111

OPINION: Employee safety in the logistics industry starts with data collection and analysis

Logistics organisations are under unprecedented pressure to improve not only efficiency, but also employee safety. The COVID-19-inspired spike in demand has highlighted endemic performance problems and created new workplace challenges; how can companies recruit and retain staff in a highly competitive market when the transport and storage industry exhibits a higher rate of injury at all levels of severity compared to other sectors?

Digital transformation provides a chance to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance responsiveness to customers, and transform the day-to-day experience for employees. This can only be achieved, however, if organisations get the right data collection and analysis solutions in place that quickly and effectively deliver new insight to logistics teams, explains Peter Ruffley (pictured), CEO, Zizo, and Ian Brown, CEO, Excelpoint…

Data Capture Challenge

While there are many technologies associated with digital transformation, in essence it is about data; using data to both automate processes and gain better understanding to drive business improvement.  

For many organisations, however, that simple statement is the stumbling point. What data is required? Where is it located? How is it accessed? Can it be used in combination with other sources? Is there any contextual information? How often does it change? 

The first question, of course, is: how can data be collected? For warehouse operations still reliant upon many manual, even paper-based processes, data collection is complex and time consuming. It can require significant effort to entice any insight from systems – information which is then out of date in this fast moving environment.  Inefficiencies remain unchecked and safety risks ignored.

Extracting Value

Achieving fast, effective data capture is a priority. No-code automation software that can be configured into a range of solutions for business-critical processes can quickly improve access to information, eliminating the need for multiple inputs across numerous systems. Such software helps businesses to streamline the way they manage people, systems and information, in turn, improving the workforce’s welfare, achieving flexibility and significant cost savings. 

For example, from a safety perspective, simple, automated solutions for logging, recording and resolving incidents can both ensure Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) compliance and provide vital insight to ensure the incident is not repeated in the future; while automated safetyaudits create a structured process where information driven insights support employee safety while meeting compliance regulations. 

In addition, the deployment of sensors or wearable devices, connecting to an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform or at the edge, can very quickly deliver new business insights.  For example, data from smart controls, such as loading docks, blind intersections and door openings can be used for operational improvements, as well as ensuring employees are safe and following protocols. 

Employee Safety

With a holistic overview of operations, logistics managers gain confidence to make better decisions regarding both performance and employee well-being.  Workforces can identify areas where incidents could happen, highlighting risks before an accident occurs. In addition, information gathered from wearable devices can pick up an individual’s lifting techniques, body temperatures, heart rate or distance travelled in the workplace – providing managers with the ability to intervene in any unsafe practices in real-time.

This insight also creates a unified picture of what is happening across the factory or warehouse by highlighting patterns of behaviour that previously may have been undetectable, information that can be used within a feedback loop to drive continual improvements. For example, employees can be offered specific interactive and data-driven training – which will not only enhance employee wellbeing, but also improve employee productivity, in turn, increasing their satisfaction. 

This is crucial as, according to the Health and Safety Executive, ‘training helps people acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make them competent in the health and safety aspects of their work.’ Such programmes, driven by data-insight, can ensure that individuals performing a task have the competence to do so without putting the health and safetyof others or themselves at risk.

Conclusion

Good employees are hard to find right now. For an industry experiencing a significantly higher number of safety incidents – for example forklift accidents account for approximately 85 deaths and 34,900 serious injuries each year – more must be done to both improve the operational risk environment and create tailored employee training and education. 

Furthermore, employee safety is a great place to kick off a digital transformation programme. With wearables and no-code solutions, the process is simple and creates zero disruption; and the insight is both immediate and accessible for logistics staff. Critically, it builds confidence in the value of data amongst logistics teams, accelerating their commitment to transformation and helping to create an appetite for data driven change.

Once businesses realise the benefits and can see the impact, such as better employee safety, warehouse managers will begin to question what else they can do. What else can be improved? What else can be changed for the better? And this is the foundation to driving the digital transformation.