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CHSA audits 1,400 products in first half of 2015
From centrefeed rolls and toilet tissue, light duty 5Kg sacks to extra heavy duty 20Kg sacks and mop heads with yarn of 110g to 568g, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Independent Inspector has audited over 1,400 individual products and more than 800 labels for Scheme compliance in the first half of 2015.
The inspection process was further enhanced in 2014. These enhancements mean buyers can always be confident they get what they pay for from a CHSA Accreditation Scheme member.
"Buying from an accredited Scheme member is the only way to be absolutely certain you get what you pay for," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes.
"Many buy on price but this can prove a false economy. Some soft tissue products have been found to be significantly deficient in length or width, while plastic sacks and cotton mops are not meeting the specifications given on the box.
"Determined to beat these cheats and drive up standards in the industry, Accreditation Scheme members have supported the increased rigour that has been introduced to the inspection process. They want the difference between the value of the professional products they sell and those of the cheats in the industry to be crystal clear."
The only way purchasers can be certain they get what they pay for is to buy from an accredited member of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue products, plastic refuse sack or industrial cotton mops.
The Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme guarantees three things:
* Consistency of supply: customers receive what they order;
* Accurate labelling: customers know what they are paying for;
* Fully audited manufacturers: our standards, your guarantee.
Every Scheme member has formally agreed to adhere to this Standard and is now audited at least twice a year by the Scheme's independent inspector to ensure they do so. Should the Scheme member fail to meet the standard, this would ultimately result in expulsion from the Scheme.
Becoming a Scheme member is also a rigorous process. Applicants are only admitted to the Scheme if they pass the rigorous initial audit of the full product range and their existing QA processes. They are then audited on four further occasions in their first year of membership.
Image: Bentley Brushware's mops are accredited to Scheme standards (T: 01509 232757 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org)
10th September 2015