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

2 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop 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

3 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop 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

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

5 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop Standards - now 2 categories 1.‘Upto 5 people’ (17 pages) - For small businesses 2. ‘More than 5 people’ (24 pages) -For medium, large* & multi-office* -*additional H&S requirements

6 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop Standards - incorporating 4 modules 1.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

7 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop 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.

8 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop ‘ARB Approved Contractor’ & CHAS CHAS (Contractors H&S Assessment Scheme, see 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

9 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop Cost: Size: SMALL (2-5) Med. (6-19) Large (20+) Multi- office Assmt. (full) £495 £995 £1,495 TBA Assmt. (partial) £345 £595 £995 TBA Annual fees £260 £460 £660 TBA Averaged over 4 yrs. £470 £855 £1,282 £xxx

10 AAAC Pre Assessment Workshop ‘ARB Approved Contractor’

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


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