SCP stands for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Checklist for Principals. An SCP certificate allows you, as the client, to show that you consider safe and healthy work to be important.

What and for whom

Do you outsource risky work or work in a risky environment? Then it is even more important that the companies you arrange to carry out this work, work safely and healthily. And that you make this possible. SCP helps with this. An SCP certificate allows you to show that your business considers health and safety at work to be important. You can present itself as an expert and as a reliable client.

You are eligible for an SCP certificate if your SHE management system meets the requirements set by SCP. SCP considers:

  • Policy and culture
  • Organisation and regulations
  • Risk inventory and evaluation
  • Admission policy
  • Information and instructions
  • SHE communications and consultation
  • The workplace
  • Inspections and observations
  • The company contingency plan
  • Reporting and investigation of incidents and accidents by third parties
  • Evaluation of SHE performance
  • Management and coordination of third parties for large projects and maintenance work

SCP is intended for clients who want to show leadership in the field of a safety and health at work. Especially for those who outsource risky work or work in a risky environment and who want to cooperate optimally with SCC-certified companies. These are often clients in the following sectors:

  • Petrochemical
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Scaffolding construction
  • Civil engineering
  • Metal
  • Process industry
  • Insulation
  • Transport
  • Industrial cleaning
  • Maintenance

SCP is also suitable for contractors who act as clients.

Four reasons for obtaining an SCP certificate

1. Looking after your contractors

so that they are healthy and safe at work

2. Preventing problems

is good for your business

3. Distinguishing yourself from the rest

by being a good client

4. Increasing trust

from local residents to supervisors

Safety as a shared responsibility

“The safety of our patients, visitors and personnel is our first priority. That is why we think it is important that companies who work in our buildings and on our sites do so safely. We manage this through our procurement requirements, work permit procedures and initial interviews with our contractors. Our safety culture starts with all actions with regard to the patient, but certainly does not end there!”

Matthijs de Vroed, Head of Construction Affairs and Projects Ikazia Hospital Rotterdam


You decide for yourself whether you want an SCP certificate and for which period you want to be certified: one year or three years. Even if you outsource little or no work to companies with SCC, there is every reason to obtain the certificate. After all, safety and health at work is important in every client-contractor relationship.

First perform a baseline measurement by going through the questions for SCP and determining which requirements you do and do not satisfy. You can use the SCP checklist for this purpose. You include the aspects that you do not yet satisfy in an action plan to improve your SHE management system.

You implement the action points in the action plan and this will bring your SHE management system to the required level.

If you have completed steps 1 to 3, you can apply for certification from a recognised certification body. This body will assess your SHE management system by conducting an audit. If you meet the requirements, you will receive an SCP certificate. This is automatically registered in the Central Certification Register (website in Dutch). Contractors can check whether your company has the certificate.

If you do not yet meet all the requirements, you should first implement the identified areas for improvement. Then you can apply for a new certification.

An SCP certificate is valid for one or three years. If the validity period is three years, the certification body will conduct an interim audit every year. You are required to remedy any shortcomings within three months. If you fail to do so, your certificate will be revoked. No interim audit will be conducted if the period of validity is one year.

Do you want to remain certified after the period of validity has expired? Then you will need to re-certify for at least three years, in accordance with the SCP requirements applicable at the time.

In practice

If you have an SCP certificate, the contractor is entitled to expect you to make an inventory of the risks of the work to be outsourced and the environment in which this work is carried out, to inform it of these and to do what you can to manage these risks.

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An SCP certificate is valid for one or three years, depending on the certification period you have chosen.

If the validity period is three years, the certification body will conduct an interim audit every year. Do you want to remain certified after the period of validity has expired? Then you have to be recertified, for at least three years. You can check the period of validity of your certificate in the Central Certification Register (in Dutch). Your certificate is only valid if it is registered in the Central Certification Register.

SCP and other countries


The Netherlands and Belgium have a long tradition of cooperation in the field of Safety, Health and Environment Checklist Contractors (SCC). As a result, Belgium now uses exactly the same system as the Netherlands. Dutch and Belgian SCP certificates are therefore equivalent and valid in both countries.

Other countries

SCP certificates are not valid in other countries.


Certification costs

The costs of SCP certification consist of:

  • The costs of implementing and maintaining an SHE management system. Examples are the costs of risk management, providing information, and instructions and inspections.
  • The costs of obtaining the certificate: the fees charged by the certification body and the costs of internal coaching.

The amount of these costs depends on:

  • Your specific situation. Such as the structure and level of your SHE management system, the number of contractors and work locations and the nature of the work.
  • The certification body that you engage.


The SSVV charges the certification body a fixed fee for each certificate. The certification body will charge this amount 1-on-1 to you.

The fees for SCP 2007/02 are:

  • SCP 1 year: 45 Euro
  • SCP 3 years: 114 Euro

Have you been charged a higher fee? Please contact us.



The use of the SCP logo is subject to rules. These can be found here.

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