SCP in brief

SCP is the abbreviation for Safety and Health and Environment (SHE) Checklist Principals. This checklist is intended to offer companies that carry out high-risk work for you every opportunity to adopt safe and healthy work practices. SCP is a programme that tests and certifies your capability to work with your contractors on a better safety culture.

SCP is intended for principals who wish to show leadership in the adoption of healthy and safe work practices, in particular for principals that contract out high-risk work or work in high-risk environments and wish to cooperate with companies with SCC certification in the best possible manner.

Four reasons why you should obtain SCP certification


Prevent fuss and bother
your company will appreciate it


Take care of your contractors
so that they can work in safety


Recruit talent
skilled workers recognize skilled work


Increase trust
placed in you by neighbours and other parties through to supervisory authorities

What do you need to do?

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

1. Determine whether SCP certification is suited to you

You decide whether you wish to obtain SCP certification. However, even when you contract out virtually no work to companies with SCC certification there is every reason for you to obtain SCP certification, as healthy and safe work practices are good for every principal and contractor.

2. Formulate points for action

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

3. 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.

4. Certification

Once you have completed steps 1 through 3 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 SCP certificate. This is automatically entered in the Central Certification Register. Contractors 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.

5. Interim audits and recertification

The SCP certificate is valid for a period of one or three years. When you have been issued a three-year certificate 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. When you have been issued a one-year certificate you will not be subjected to an interim audit.

Do you wish to continue your certification after the expiry of your current certificate? If so, you should seek further certification, for a period of at least three years, on the basis of the SCP requirements prevailing at that time.

During your work

When you have SCP certification then your contractor may expect that you make an inventory of the risks associated with the work to be contracted out and the environment in which the work is to be carried out, inform the contractor about them and make every effort to control those risks. You are prepared for emergencies and ensure that the contractor's employees will be told what to do in an emergency. The contractor may also expect that the contractor will be able to assess your efforts to provide for safe and healthy work and that points for improvement are addressed.

Which subjects are covered?

SCP covers the following subjects:

  • Policy and culture
  • Organization and regulations
  • Risk inventory and evaluation
  • Admission policy
  • Information and instructions
  • SHE communications and consultations
  • Workplace
  • Inspections and observations
  • Company emergency plan
  • Notification and investigations of incidents and accidents pertaining to third parties
  • Evaluation of SHE performance
  • Management and coordination of third parties involved in major projects and major maintenance work