Make work of safe and healthy work for temporary employees
Are you an intermediary at a temporary employment agency that supplies temporary employees to companies with SCC certification? Or at a temporary employment agency that has or is seeking SCT certification? If so, you must have a Safety for Intermediaries and Supervisors SCT (SIS-SCT) diploma.
Your SIS-SCT diploma demonstrates that you have a basic knowledge of safety, health and environmental issues and that you can make use of this knowledge in practice in the interests of the persons you supply. You know about the relevant legislation and regulations, can recognize hazardous situations and unsafe actions and know how to avoid them. You are also a valuable contact person for principals, management and the temporary employees you hire out. In other words, when you have an SIS-SCT diploma you show that you know what is expected of you as an intermediary.
Three reasons why you should get an SIS-SCT diploma
now and in the future
Take good care of each other
because your temporary employees deserve it
as a professional
Carry out challenging work
because you are up to the challenge
What do you need to do?
You can get - and keep - your SIS-SCT diploma in six steps. The steps marked with a * are optional.
1. Talk with your employer*
Talk with your employer about what you are expected to know about know about health and safety at work. Discuss what you still need to learn and whether this includes getting an SIS-SCT diploma. Discuss how you can get the knowledge and experience you need. A variety of options are available, ranging from an introduction programme to on-the-job training and from specialized courses to coaching. However, always remember that you cannot learn how to adopt healthy and safe work practices by reading a book!
2. Find and choose a training course*
A simple Google search will find a tremendous number of sites offering SIS-SCT training courses. However, how can you find out which training course you need? You can begin by asking your employer, who will usually have contacts with training institutions. You can also contact your industry association, which will be able to provide you information about training institutions with in-depth knowledge of your sector and institutions that offer training courses for your specific sector. Obviously, you can also carry out this search yourself. When you do so, look for training institutions that have expert instructors, clearly communicate the results achieved by their course participants, carry out customer-satisfaction surveys and have a complaints procedure.
3. Follow a training course*
Once you have chosen a training course in consultation with your employer you can get cracking.
4. Sit an examination
Training courses usually include the concluding examination. Your training institution will make the necessary arrangements. When you wish to register yourself for the examination you will need to contact a recognized examination centre in your area. Examinations are held daily at centres throughout the Netherlands. Do you want to sit a mock examination before the actual examination? If so, surf to the VCA Infra website (mock examination available in English).
5. Register your diploma
Have you passed the examination? Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of an SIS-SCT diploma. This is automatically entered in the Central Diploma Register. Employers and principals can consult this Register to verify that you have been awarded this diploma. Do you have a Personal Safety Logbook? If so, make an entry of the award of your diploma.
6. Sit a re-examination
The diploma is valid for ten years. You must sit a re-examination at the end of this period. You will need to keep an eye on the expiry date. The record of your diploma in the Central Diploma Register states the expiry date.
Which subjects are covered?
SIS-SCT covers the following subjects:
1. Preparations for, discussions on and inspections of the work
- Regulations and safety rules
- Safe work practices, consultations and inspections
2. Performance of work
- Personal protective equipment
- Work equipment
- Specific work and work environments
3. Control of specific hazards
- Hazardous substances
- Electricity and radiation
- Fire and explosion
4. Control of incidents and emergencies
These are the same subjects as those covered by SOS-SCC, but now from the perspective of an intermediary. SIS-SCT provides more specific and other knowledge for some elements of SOS-SCC, such as insights into legislation, roles, duties and responsibilities focused on the hiring and hiring out of temporary employees and on discussing of points of attention of relevance to the temporary employees. As an intermediary with an SIS-SCT diploma, you are familiar with the situation at the workplace and help your candidate to find his/her place in the employer's SHE system.