SCC in brief

SCC is the abbreviation for SHE (Safety, Health and the Environment) Checklist Contractors. The SCC system helps your company to maintain healthy and safe work practices and reduce the number of accidents

SCC is intended for companies that attach importance to healthy and safe work practices and wish to make structural SHE investments. SCC is, in particular, intended for companies that carry out carry out high-risk work or work in a high-risk environment, such as companies engaged in construction or maintenance work on construction sites, in factories and workshops, and on processing installations.

Five reasons why you should obtain SCC certification


Be better than the rest
your company shows how it should be done


Generate business
many principals stipulate SCC certification


Give full value for the money you receive
your principal will appreciate it


Take care of your employees
so that they can go home in good health at the end of every day


Prevent fuss and bother
for yourself and your principals

What do you need to do?

You can obtain - and keep - your SCC certification in six steps.

1. Decide whether you wish to obtain or must have SCC certification

You decide whether you wish to obtain SCC certification; your principal decides whether you must have SCC certification. However, even when it is not prescribed by your principal there is every reason for you to obtain SCC certification, as healthy and safe work practices are good for your employees and your company.

2. Determine the certification level

Determine which certification level is applicable to your company: SCC*, SCC** or SCC Petrochemical. You can refer to our SCC Guide to find out which level is applicable to you. Your principal, once again, ultimately decides which certification level your company will require.

3. Formulate points for action

You begin by performing a baseline measurement: you work through the questions for your certification level to identify non-conformances. You can use the SCC for this purpose. You include the non-conformances in an action plan for the improvement of your SHE management system.

4. Completion of the points for action

You complete the points for action in the action plan to bring your SHE management system to the required level. The SCC Manual contains tips and aids that will be of assistance to you.

5. Certification

Once you have completed steps 1 through 4 you can submit a certification application to a recognized certification body. This body will conduct an audit to assess your SHE management system. Do you comply with the requirements? Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of an SCC certificate. This is automatically entered in the Central Certification Register. Principals can consult this Register to verify that your company has been awarded this certification.

When you do not yet meet all requirements then you implement the identified points for improvement and then submit a new certification application.

6. Interim audits and recertification

Your SCC certificate is, provided that you continue to meet the requirements, valid for a period of three years. The certification body conducts annual interim audits to verify your continued conformance. You need to rectify any identified shortcomings within three months, otherwise the validity of your certificate will be suspended. You will then be granted a further three-month period to rectify the shortcomings: should you once again fail to do so then your certificate will be withdrawn. Do you wish to retain your certification after this three-year period? If so, you should seek further certification on the basis of the SCC requirements prevailing at that time.

During your work

When you have SCC certification then your principals and employees may expect that you regard the SCC as more than just a checklist to be ticked off; you implement the SCC in a carefully-considered and visible manner and you and your principal and employees review how you can implement any improvements that may be necessary.

Which subjects are covered?

The SCC covers the following subjects:

  • SHE policy, SHE organization and executive board involvement
  • Risk control
  • Training, information and instructions
  • SHE awareness
  • SHE project plan
  • Environmental protection
  • Preparations for emergencies
  • SHE inspections
  • Company health service
  • Purchase and inspection of materials, work equipment and personal protective equipment
  • Procurement of services
  • Notification, registration and investigation of accidents and incidents

Not all of the aforementioned subjects will necessarily be addressed: the subjects that are addressed and the depth at which they are addressed depends on the certification level.