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As a contractor, you are increasingly often asked whether you are SCC-certified. Many principals also make this a condition. But what does SCC actually mean?

SHE Checklist Contractors
‘SCC’ is the abbreviation for Safety Health and the Environment (SHE) Checklist Contractors and is intended to make it possible for your company to operate with greater safety awareness and reduce the number of accidents. However, in actual fact the SCC is much more than just a checklist. It is a versatile and comprehensive programme for testing and certifying the SHE management systems of service companies. Principals increasingly impose SCC certification as a mandatory requirement.

For whom?
SCC certification is intended for contracting companies that carry out work with or subject to increased risk in a high-risk environment. It often concerns construction or maintenance work carried out at building sites, in factories and workplaces, and on installations. SCC certification is often specified in the following sectors:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering and process control
  • Construction engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Other engineering services such as: insulation, scaffold erection, industrial cleaning, grit-blasting/conservation/painting, transport, inspection, etc.

How did the SCC originate?
The SCC has been around since 1994. The development of the SCC certification system was initiated in 1989 by the ‘Landelijke Werkgroep Contractor Veiligheid’ (National Contractor-Safety Working Party). Representatives from the petrochemical industry and contractors wanted to develop a system for objectively assessing contractors' safety policies and performance. Since then, the SCC has gained widespread recognition as the industrial standard.

‘Stichting Samenwerken Voor Veiligheid’ (Foundation Cooperation for Safety)
The SCC system is operated under the auspices of the Foundation Cooperation for Safety (SSVV). The ‘Centraal College van Deskundigen VCA’ (Central Committee of Experts SCC) is responsible for managing and further developing the SCC system. The SCC system relies on accreditation by the ‘Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA)’ (the Dutch Accreditation Council). The certification bodies that conduct the SCC audits are all accredited by the RvA.

European Standard
The SCC system (the so-called certification scheme) complies with the requirements laid down in European standards. This simplifies its international application and, where applicable, mutual recognition among the European countries.