C&M BCC COLUMN
An inspector calls - how we ensure that ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’ Mike Stubbs, chairman of the CHSA Accreditation Scheme Panels, reports. LAST December I used this column to
he wishes and checks label compliance. Every
highlight how the YPO, the public
label must be traceable to manufacturer
sector purchasing organisation, had
and batch. It must include the relevant
to the CHSA’s governing council. Each year the inspector audits almost 5000 products across all four of the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes and
joined our Accreditation Scheme for
Accreditation Scheme logo and
anyone who fails to comply is formally warned, the
Distributors. We went on to explain
indicate the product dimensions and
ultimate sanction for continued non-conformance
how, by deciding to join the scheme,
count. Where required, an indicator
the YPO had made a commitment to
of fitness for purpose must also be
purchasing only product that is stamped
provided. The inspector also takes samples
with a CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque
from the warehouse for offsite testing. In the
Compliance across all four schemes in 2018 was excellent. The results for the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors showed an average of 97.5% of
or conforms to the specifications laid out in the
case of manufacturing members, a few samples are
relevant products across all accredited distributors
standard. Or, in other words, ensure ‘what’s on the
also taken from the production line.
were from CHSA accredited manufacturers.
box is what’s in the box’.
Back at his testing laboratory, the inspector
This time around we wanted to explain how
Label compliance in 2018 for the Accreditation
assesses each product against the specified scheme
Scheme for Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks is
we ensure the scheme is robust, and gives us the
standard. The length and width of soft tissue
98.8%. Plastic refuse sacks are tested to see if they are
consistency and confidence in the process which
products are measured and the sheets counted.
fit for purpose using the British Standards Institute
industry partners like the YPO demand.
The dimensions of refuse sacks are measured and
drop test. Performance is assessed by combining the
the number counted before a sample is subjected
drop test results with the count and dimensions of
schemes is our independent inspector, Martin Yates.
to a British Standards drop test. The number of
the sacks. Compliance in 2018 was over 91%.
An experienced quality assurance professional,
cotton mops in each box is counted and their
Martin has worked with the British Standards
weight recorded. Following the addition of system
Manufacturers of Soft Tissue also showed high levels
Institute and the European Standards Committee,
mops to socket and Kentucky mops in the scheme
of conformance. Label compliance was 89% or 95.9%
and has been auditing CHSA Accreditation Scheme
standard, the length and/or circumference of the
excluding minor infringements, and dimensional
members since 2014.
mop is also recorded.
compliance is 92.4% excluding minor infringements.
At the heart of our auditing process for our four
The auditing process begins with a submission
The results of the Accreditation Scheme for
Accredited Distributors are audited annually and
Members of the Accreditation Scheme for
by the member or prospective member (passing the
must sell only CHSA accredited product or product
Manufacturers of Industrial Cotton Mops achieved
initial audit is a condition of membership) of a full
that conforms to the specified standard. Therefore,
near perfect conformance on label and product
product list. A site visit is then arranged. It starts with
only non-CHSA accredited product is taken off site
a review of the quality assurance procedures before
an inspection of the warehouse and manufacturer’s
The schemes are monitored by an elected panel
facilities as required. The inspector selects product as
of scheme members which reports via its chairman
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20 JUNE 2019