The SCC update is on its way!
The SSVV attaches importance to the SCC system's continued leading position in health and safety at work and to continued alignment with the day-to-day work practice at all certified companies. The latest version of the SCC dates back to 2010: in other words, it's time for an update!
Dutch and Belgian principals and contractors have recently been hard at work on a new SCC version, 2017/6.0. This version has now been submitted to the supervisory authority, the Dutch Accreditation Council. Should the Council accept the version – which is expected next autumn – then the update will be ready for use. We have issued this prior announcement to inform you about the most important changes.
List of the most important changes
The SCC update 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 been reserved for workplace audits and less for desk 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 in the current SCC version will no longer be prescribed by the new version.
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
The update results in one system for the Netherlands and Belgium. The two countries no longer place national emphases on specific issues. The update has been designed so that the new version can readily used by other countries, and includes an explicit specification of the minimum arrangements they need to make.
Who will be affected by the changes?
All companies with SCC certification will ultimately be confronted with the update. However, provisions have been made for a transitional arrangement whereby companies migrate to the new SCC version at the time of their next certification or recertification. As the update does not have any consequences for the SCC examinations, holders of an SCC diploma will not be affected by the update.
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