Guidelines / FAQ
Companies (e.g. GmbH, KG, AG) are eligible for certification. Under certain conditions, branches of companies and organisational units are eligible for certification. If the legal person/entity (e.g. GmbH or KG) has more than 35 employees, certification is generally required in accordance with SCC** or SCCP, even if only branches or organisational units of this company with up to 35 employees want to be certified. Further details are regulated by the DAkkS.
Unless otherwise requested by the client, companies with less than 10 employees do not need an SCC/SCP certificate unless they use subcontractors.
Even companies that are not based in Germany can be certified for SCC or SCP. The basis for this are the available German normative SCC documents, which were developed with consideration of the German occupational health and safety law.
The certification procedure is as follows:
In principle, certification can only be granted if the company's relevant guidelines and documents have been in force for at least three months.
A company wishing to be certified should contact a certification body accredited by the DAkkS for SCC (see www.dakks.de) and applies for assessment according to the SCC checklist (SCC*, SCC** or SCCP certification) and/or according to the SCP checklist (SCP certification). After the certification body has received all SCC and/or SCP-relevant information from the company, it submits an offer to the applicant.
Once the contract has been concluded and an auditor has been appointed, the certification procedure is carried out in two stages.
In stage 1, the SHE documentation of the company is evaluated and an initial audit is carried out in the company to determine the readiness for certification in discussions with management and employees.
Once the Level 1 audit has been successfully completed, the Level 2 audit can be planned and executed. In addition to the company headquarters, the auditor also visits construction sites, workshops and assembly sites, observes the SHE framework conditions under which work is carried out, interviews employees at work and inspects evidence to evaluate all applicable checklist questions.
After the successful audit, the certification body issues a certificate. The issue of an SCC/SCP certificate does not release the company from its legal obligations.
During the validity period of the certificate (three years), the certification body must regularly (at least once a year) satisfy itself that the SHE management system is maintained in the company. For this purpose, surveillance audits are carried out.
Before the certificate's validity expires, the company can request a certificate renewal. In this case, the certification body must carry out the complete evaluation in a recertification audit.