How did the SCC originate?
The SCC has been around since 1994. The development of the SCC certification system was initiated in 1989 by the ‘Landelijke Werkgroep Contractor Veiligheid’ (National Contractor-Safety Working Party). Representatives from the petrochemical industry and contractors wanted to develop a system for objectively assessing contractors' safety policies and performance. Since then, the SCC has gained widespread recognition as the industrial standard.
‘Stichting Samenwerken Voor Veiligheid’ (Foundation Cooperation for Safety)
The SCC system is operated under the auspices of the Foundation Cooperation for Safety (SSVV). The ‘Centraal College van Deskundigen VCA’ (Central Committee of Experts SCC) is responsible for managing and further developing the SCC system. The SCC system relies on accreditation by the ‘Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA)’ (the Dutch Accreditation Council). The certification bodies that conduct the SCC audits are all accredited by the RvA.
The SCC system (the so-called certification scheme) complies with the requirements laid down in European standards. This simplifies its international application and, where applicable, mutual recognition among the European countries.