SCT in brief
SCT is the abbreviation for Safety and Health Checklist Temporary Employment Agencies. This checklist is intended to offer temporary employees who carry out high-risk work for you every opportunity to adopt safe and healthy work practices. SCT is a programme that tests and certifies your capability to work with your principals and candidates on a better safety culture.
SCT is intended for temporary employment organizations that attach importance to the ability of their temporary employees to adopt healthy and safe work practices at their principals, in particular for temporary employment agencies that submit candidate temporary employees to companies with SCC or SCP certification, or to principals that require their contractors to have SCC certification. These companies then need to exercise authority over and supervise your temporary employees. When you exercise authority over and supervise your temporary employees then you need SCC certification, not SCT certification.
Six reasons why you should obtain SCT certification
it's great to do business with an expert partner
skilled workers recognize skilled work
Prevent fuss and bother
your principal will appreciate it
Take good care of each other
because your temporary employees deserve it
Offer challenging work
because your principals entrust you with it
Give full value for the money you receive
your principal will appreciate that as well
What do you need to do?
You can obtain - and keep - your SCT certification in five steps.
1. Determine whether SCT certification is suited to you
You decide whether you wish to obtain SCT certification; your principal decides whether you must have SCT certification. However, even when you contract out virtually no work to companies with SCC or SCP certification there is every reason for you to obtain SCT certification, as healthy and safe work practices are good for your company, your principals and your temporary employees.
2. Formulate points for action
You begin by performing a baseline measurement: you work through the SCT questions to identify non-conformances. You can use the SCT 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.
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 SCT 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
Your SCT 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 SCT requirements prevailing at that time.
During your work
When you have SCT certification then your principals and candidates may expect that you regard the SCT as more than just a checklist to be ticked off; you implement the SCT 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?
SCT covers the following subjects:
- Safety and health policy
- Vocational training, experience, safety and health courses and medical suitability
- Requests, selection, instructions, inspection and evaluation
- Lost-time accidents
- Company health service