Protect the health and safety of yourself and of others in your surroundings

Do you carry out high-risk work, or do you work in high-risk environments? If so, it is even more important that you follow healthy and safe work practices - and that your principal ensures that you can. When you have an SCC diploma you know how you, as a freelancer/self-employed person without personnel, can make a contribution. You also present yourself as an expert and reliable contractor.

You, as a freelancer, cannot obtain the SCC certification awarded to regular companies, as you do not have any employees, temporary employees or subcontractors. However you, in line with every other employee, can seek an SCC diploma.

Services and products for freelancers

B-SCC

Learn the basic knowledge you need to follow healthy and safe work practices. Intended for freelancers who are engaged as temporary employees (pursuant to a best-efforts obligation).

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SOS-SCC

Learn how you can make use of your basic knowledge of healthy and safe work practices. Intended for freelancers who are engaged as sub-contractors (pursuant to a result obligation).

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Personal Safety Logbook

Show that you are a well-trained and skilled worker.

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SCC Guide

Find out which SCC diploma is right for you.

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Six reasons for safe and healthy work practices

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Stay healthy
for yourself and your business

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Develop yourself
as a skilled worker

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Be better than the rest
show how it should be done

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Generate business
it's why you are an entrepreneur

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Prevent fuss and bother
your principal will appreciate it

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Take good care of each other
because the persons with whom you are working deserve it

What may I expect from my principal?

When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation

When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation you may expect that your principal:

  • Knows the risks associated with the work and the work environment, makes them clear, opens them to discussion and takes measures to control the risks;
  • Makes every effort to avoid incidents and takes immediate actions should an incident nevertheless occur;
  • Offers you a safe and healthy work environment, in part by providing you safe work equipment and personal protective equipment;
  • Lays down clear limits and does not accept unsafe behaviour, but does provide scope to learn from mistakes;
  • Is approachable and open to tips and tricks that improve healthy and safe work practices.

When your principal has an SCC or SCP certificate then you can be certain that your principal gives structural attention to these kinds of issues and does not neglect them.

When you have assumed a result obligation

When you have assumed a result obligation you are personally responsible for following healthy and safe work practices. However, you may expect your principal to act as a good principal. You may then, for example, expect that your principal:

  • Ensures that you can carry out your contract in safety (by making sufficient time, funds and resources to enable you to do so);
  • Ensures that you do not need to sort out things that your principal has not arranged properly (you are not expected to take over your principal's work);
  • Is approachable, actively discusses your work with you and appreciates your efforts to follow healthy and safe work practices.

When your principal has an SCC or SCP certificate then you can be certain that your principal actively informs you about specific hazards at the principal's company and makes every effort to control those risks. The principal ensures that you can carry out your work without needing to hire others and makes health and safety equipment available to you for your use when you wish.

What may my principal expect from me?

When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation

When you have assumed a best-efforts obligation your principal may expect that you:

  • Take good care of yourself and the persons who are working with you;
  • Are alert to risks;
  • Do what you can to control these risks;
  • Urge action and take active part in finding a solution to problems that are outside your control.

A B-SCC diploma will help you to fulfil these expectations.

When you have assumed a result obligation

When you have assumed a result obligation your principal will impose extra requirements on you pursuant to your principal's SCC certification. You will need to carry out or arrange for a Risk Inventory and Evaluation and you will need to carry out or arrange for periodic inspections of your work equipment.

An SOS-SCC diploma will help you to fulfil these expectations.

Talk about it!

Do you experience barriers in following healthy and safe work practices? Or are you faced with unnecessary problems in following healthy and safe work practices? If so, talk about this with your principal.