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  1. The ‘ARB’ Approved Contractor Scheme- an overviewPaul Smith AA Technical Officer & AAC Scheme Manager AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  2. Benefits of AAC status • Achieves benchmark for arboricultural contracting and recognition as a reputable company • Demonstrates compliance with H&S, competent working practices and tree work to BS3998 • Fully integrated with CHAS (Contractors H&S Assessment Scheme) enabling dual award • May give access to a wider range of contracts, i.e. Local Authority, National Trust, FC, EA etc. • Direct access to general H&S and industry guidance and advice through AA • May qualify for lower insurance premiums AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  3. NEW for 2011: NEW ‘small’ business category • reduced criteria & reduced cost NEW ‘large’ business category • additional time & additional advice CHAS scheme compliant & fully integrated - IF ‘Accredited’ meets H&S for other schemes Reduced reassessment cycle (5 yrs. – 4 yrs.) • inc. ‘interim’ assessment in Yr.3 Standards: modular approach - to be achieved within any 12month period AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  4. Business size:(inc. ‘employer’ & subbies) Small = 2-5 people Medium = 6-19 people Large = 20 or more people Multi-office = xxx people AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  5. Standards- now 2 categories • ‘Upto 5 people’ (17 pages) - For small businesses 2. ‘More than 5 people’ (24 pages) • For medium, large* & multi-office* • *additional H&S requirements AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop


  6. Standards- incorporating 4 modules • Work site safety inspection • Sectional felling inc. rigging operations 2. Finished work quality inspections - Tree planting & pruning, arb. knowledge 3. Office support & customer care etc. • ‘Suitable’ for size of business 4. H&S compliance & premises etc. - ‘Suitable for size of business AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  7. New 4 year cycle • Yr.1 – AAC (full) + CHAS = visit • Yr.2 – CHAS audit = desktop • Yr.3 – AAC (part.) + CHAS = visit • Yr.4 – CHAS audit = desktop • Yr.1 – AAC (full) + CHAS = visit …etc. AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  8. ‘ARB Approved Contractor’ & CHAS • CHAS (Contractors H&S Assessment Scheme, see www.chas.gov.uk) • A H&S compliance scheme meeting ‘Stage 1’ assessment under CDM 2007 • Often cited as a pre-requisite in Local Authority etc. PQQs • CHAS ‘Accredited’ status meets H&S for Constructionline, ‘exor’, SAFEcontractor AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  9. Cost: AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  10. ‘ARB Approved Contractor’ ‘ARB Approved Contractor’ AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop

  11. Any Questions????? AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop