New SCC version gets the green light
The Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA, the supervisory authority of the SCC system) has accepted the new SCC version 2017/6.0. SCC 2017/6.0 places an even greater focus on safety, includes workplace & safe behaviour improvements, and offers the chain a clearer and more reliable system. SCC 2017/6.0 is a uniform version for both the Netherlands and Belgium, without the previous national differences in emphasis.
From old to new
SCC 2017/6.0 replaces the previous version, 2008/5.1. Nevertheless, the actual implementation will take some time, as we need to make some arrangements to enable the certification bodies to issue certificates on the basis of the new system. Obviously, we also need to publish the new checklist for companies which specifies the precise requirements they will need to meet. We will post information about the implementation on VCA.nl.
All companies with SCC certification will ultimately make the switch to the new version. However, provisions have been made for a transitional arrangement, in which companies will migrate to the SCC 2017/6.0 at the time of their next certification or recertification. The new version does not have any consequences for the SCC examinations, so holders of an SCC diploma will not be affected by the update.
What has changed?
SCC 2017/6.0 implements five major general improvements:
1. Back to the basics
Safety plays an even more pivotal role. The number of requirements has been reduced by formulating them more precisely and by deleting duplicates. The remaining requirements have been structured more logically. The new SCC version devotes a little less attention to the environment.
2. Workplace: increased attention to practice
The sections of the SCC that address the workplace have been tightened up on the basis of the latest insights and feedback from certified companies. These sections have been brought more in line with current safety practice. More time has also been reserved for workplace audits.
3. Behaviour: scope for customization
Every company is different. A successful approach to the promotion of safe behaviour at one company is not necessarily appropriate at another. Behavioural modification is a field which is developing rapidly, and companies need to be offered an opportunity to accommodate these developments. For this reason, the new version will offer more scope for a customized approach to the SCC system's behavioural aspects. The mandatory observation programme of the old SCC version is replaced by an SHE awareness programme which is mandatory for companies with SCC** certification.
4. Increased clarity and reliability for the chain
We have clarified the position of freelancers in the SCC system. Increasing the number of compulsory questions for the SCC* certification level improves the reliability of parties at the beginning of the chain. Hiring parties (usually SCC**and SCC Petrochemical companies) will also need to test subcontractors on more points than is currently the case.
5. SCC and other countries: improved equivalence and increased applicability
On the introduction of SCC 2017/6.0 the Netherlands and Belgium will adopt one system, as the countries no longer place a national emphasis on specific issues. The new version has been designed so that it can readily be used by other countries, and includes an explicit specification of the minimum arrangements they need to make.
More information is available from the SSVV, telephone number +31 70 33 78 755, email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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