Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 1st June 2023 Issue no. 1067
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CHSA'S 2018 inspection results prove exceptional conformance to Accreditation Schemes
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's analysis of the 2018 performance of its Accreditation Schemes shows exceptional conformance in all areas.
The results make it clear; if buyers of cleaning & hygiene products want to be certain that 'what's on the box is what's in the box', they need to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.
In its second year of operation, the CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors has done exceptionally well. The results 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 that 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.
"The introduction of the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors has had a very positive impact, all the main distributors in the sector applying and then passing the auditing process," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Schemes. "It has also driven up membership of our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes. Distributors joining the Scheme are demanding their suppliers adhere to the same high standards to which they ascribe, who in turn are applying for membership."
The credibility and value of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes is underpinned by the Association's independent inspector. He inspects every Scheme member at least once each year, selecting products at random from the warehouses of distributors and from both the warehouses and production lines of manufacturers. Each year he audits almost 5,000 products across all four of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes.
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