The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) is to spread the word about its Accreditation Schemes at the Cleaning Show (11-12 April), joining the British Cleaning Council on stand C4.
Stephen Harrison, Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association said: “The Cleaning Show is an important fixture in the annual calendar. It’s the perfect opportunity for celebrating our sector and we’re looking forward to spreading the word about our Accreditation Schemes to those who use cleaning and hygiene products as well as those who sell them. The offer the guarantee ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’.”
Underpinned by independent inspection, the CHSA Accredited Distributor Scheme and Accreditation Schemes for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops guarantee standards in the cleaning and hygiene sector. Conformance in the 2018 inspections was excellent.
In its second year of operation, the results for the CHSA’s Accreditation Scheme for Distributors show that an average of 97.5% of relevant products across all Accredited Distributors are from CHSA Accredited Manufacturers.
Label compliance in 2018 for the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks is 98.8%, having risen from 85% in 2015. Plastic Refuse sacks are tested to see if they are fit for purpose using the British Standards Institute Drop Test. Performance is assessed by combining the Drop Test results with the count and dimensions of the sacks. Compliance in 2018 was over 91%, compared to 71% in 2015.
Analysis of the results of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue again shows exceptional conformance. Label compliance, which means the label includes the product’s dimensions, manufacturer, batch number and relevant Accreditation Scheme logo, is 89% or 95.9% excluding minor infringement such as missing the Scheme logo. Dimensional compliance, as measured by square area of the product, is 92.4% excluding minor infringements.
Members of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Industrial Cotton Mops continue to achieve near perfect conformance on label and product performance.
Gaining admittance to one of the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes is challenging. Applicants must pass the initial audit of their product range and existing quality assurance processes conducted by the CHSA’s independent inspector. They are then audited frequently throughout the first year to ensure they maintain the standard that is required of them to maintain membership of one of the Schemes. Thereafter members are visited by the Independent Inspector repeatedly through each year, product being selected from both the warehouse and production line for inspection.