SCC (VCA) 2017/6.0

Safety at work is and remains very important. A solid system to guarantee the safety and health of employees is therefore a must for today's companies. To better control these risks, you can set up a HSE management system based on the VCA checklist.

What is SCC (VCA)?

The SCC (VCA) checklist has been developed and is maintained by the "Stichting Samenwerken voor Veiligheid" (SSVV), a partnership of 23 trade organizations. Within SSVV, the Central Board of Experts SCC (VCA) (CCVD-VCA) is responsible for the content of SCC (VCA). Both clients and contractors are represented in this council. In Belgium, the non-profit organization BeSaCC-VCA is authorized to use and manage SCC (VCA).

The certification bodies that carry out the certification audits must be completely impartial and independent. Accreditation bodies (Accreditation Council in the Netherlands and BELAC in Belgium) check whether the certification bodies comply with the SCC (VCA) certification scheme and the ISO 17021 standard “Requirements for institutions that provide audits and certification of management systems”. This gives your organization the certainty that the certification body is competent, impartial and independent.

SCC (VCA) certification is not required by law. However, many clients require that the contractor be SCC (VCA) certified.

SCC*, SCC** en SCC-P

There are three certification levels for companies: SCC*, SCC** en SCC-P (VCA*, VCA** and VCA-Petrochemie)As long as you do not work with subcontractors yourself, a SCC* (VCA*) certification is sufficient. If you work with subcontracting, additional requirements apply (for example, the preparation of HSE project plans). SCC (VCA) Petrochemicals is the highest certification level and also contains specific requirements for the petrochemical sector. However, these are only guidelines, the client can always require a higher certification level than is essentially required for the organization.

Depending on the certification level, questions apply. For SCC** (VCA**) and SCC-P (VCA Petrochemicals), in addition to mandatory questions, there are also additional questions. The organization is free to choose which additional questions it will answer, but sufficient additional questions must be positively assessed.

SCC one star
SCC* is the certification level aimed at direct control of VGM while carrying out work without calling in subcontractors. The company must be able to answer 23 mandatory questions positively.
SCC** (VCA**)
SCC two star

SCC** is the certification level aimed at main contractors (company uses subcontractors). The company must be able to answer 27 mandatory questions and at least 4 of the 8 additional questions positively.

SCC Petrochemical
SCC Petrochemical is the certification level aimed at companies active in the petrochemical sector. The company must be able to answer positively to 33 mandatory questions and at least 1 of the 2 specific additional requirements for petrochemicals. to become.

Why SCC (VCA) certification?

With the SCC (VCA) certificate you take the extra step in the field of VBM management. The certificate gives your customers the assurance that you are serious about safety, health and the environment, which sets you apart from competitors.

Fewer occupational accidents

The ultimate goal of the SCC (VCA) checklist is to create a safe working environment and minimize the risk of occupational accidents. As an organization, you can also avoid major costs (medical care, repair of damage, labor costs, loss of production, damage to reputation, etc.).

Complying with legislation and regulations

Various questions from the SCC (VCA) checklist are also included in local legislation and regulations such as the Codex on well-being at work in Belgium and the Working Conditions legislation in the Netherlands. Through a SCC (VCA) implementation you will automatically meet various requirements from legislation and regulations regarding safety and health.

Commercial opportunities

More and more clients are demanding that the contractors they work with have their safety in good order. The SCC (VCA) certificate gives them that certainty, which can lead to commercial opportunities and new tenders.

Corporate image

Loss of reputation and customers can lead to serious financial damage. With a certified HSE management system you reduce the risk of serious occupational accidents that could potentially lead to damage to your image. In addition, the SCC (VCA) certificate shows that as an organization you are actively working on the safety and health of your employees.

The content of VCA

The checklist consists of 11 auditable chapters, which are shown below.

Chapter 1: HSE policy and organization, management involvement
Chapter 2: HSE risk management
Chapter 3 : Training, information and instruction
Chapter 4: HSE awareness
Chapter 5: HSE project plan
Chapter 6 : Emergency preparedness
Chapter 7: HSE -inspections
Chapter 8: Occupational health care
Chapter 9: Purchase and inspection of materials, work equipment and personal protective equipment
Chapter 10: Purchase of services
Chapter 11: Reporting, registration and investigation of HSE incidents
Chapter 11: Reporting, recording and investigation of HSE incidents

Each chapter consists of several questions, which may or may not be mandatory depending on the certification level of your organization SCC*, SCC**, SCC-P (VCA*, VCA** or VCA Petrochemical).

To receive a positive assessment for a question, the minimum requirements and the objective of this question must be met. The mandatory documents must also be present and positively assessed.

Who is SCC (VCA) intended for?

SCC (VCA) is intended for contractors who carry out operational work for clients.It will often be the client who requires SCC (VCA) certification from a contractor. However, an organization can perfectly pursue SCC (VCA) certification on its own initiative.

Related checklists

In addition to SCC (VCA) certification for contractor companies, there are also related checklists for companies that do not carry out operational work at a project location, but still have an active role in guaranteeing safety on the work floor.

VCU (Safety and Health Checklist Temporary Employment Organizations)

For temporary employment organizations that provide temporary workers (who perform operational work) with transfer of hierarchical authority and supervision.

VCO (Safety, Health and Environment Checklist for Clients)

For clients who impose SCC (VCA) certification on contractors who carry out operational work at their location and on their machines and installations.

In addition to these related checklists, the SCC (VCA) checklist also contains appendices (A to D) with additional explanations about the VCA requirements and the certification process. The SCC (VCA) checklist can be freely downloaded from