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Quality Cleaning with Thorough Auditing

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has released a video of its independent inspector at work to prove the rigour of the auditing process.

CHSA inspector Martin Yates visits every member repeatedly through the year, selecting products from the warehouse and production lines for inspection. 

He confirms the labels comply with the relevant scheme’s specification; buyers need to be able to check that what is on the box is in the box and the product must be traceable to the manufacturer and specific batch. He confirms the dimensions of the soft tissue are as specified and the industrial cotton mops and refuse sacks are fit for purpose. He also audits members’ quality systems to ensure they are as vigilant with their own systems as with the products audited by the inspector

Should a scheme member fail to meet the standard they may be ultimately expelled; a sanction the CHSA has not had to resort to in recent years.  

Gaining admittance to a manufacturing standards accreditation scheme (MSAS) can be challenging.  Applicants must pass the initial audit of their full product range and existing quality assurance processes. They are then audited throughout the first year to ensure they maintain the standard that was required of them to gain membership of one of the schemes. 

“The CHSA stands for standards,” declared Mike Stubbs, Chairman, MSAS, CHSA. “Through our schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops we gives buyers the certainty that what’s on the box is in the box. To highlight the value of the auditing process we have produced this short video of Martin Yates at work which can be seen on our website or YouTube.”

Picture: Proof of the pudding is in the auditing as Martin Yates of CHSA shows in his inspection of cleaning products

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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