For practical information about the certification process, please contact a Certification Authority.

The Safety Culture Ladder Certification Scheme contains requirements (which must be met by a company), criteria (against which the standard is being tested), auditor directives (what is being reviewed) and scores (how will meeting the criteria be valued).

The Safety Culture Ladder divides safety awareness and safety behaviour over 5 steps. The more responsibility about, reflection on and investment in safety, the higher the score. The score is determined on the basis of 18 company characteristics.

Safety Culture Ladder Certification Scheme 4.0


Safety Culture Ladder Manual

The Manual Safety Culture Ladder is the document that provides the framework for certification on the safety culture ladder. It contains all necessary formal information about the certification process.

Safety Culture Ladder Manual 4.0

Step-by-step plan

Explanation SAQ Compact scores GAP analysis and action plan

Preventing industrial accidents by using the Safety Culture

Interpretation Documents

Interpretation step 5 (Statement)

Additional decisions

BoE Decision 2020-08 Decision remote auditing of office functions during an initial audit
BoE Decision 2021-01 Requirements for language use in foreign audits
BoE Decision 2021-03_Qualification requirements for leadauditors auditors and assessors
BoE Decision 2021-04_Switch from SCL Light to SCL within 3 months
BoE Decision 2021- 06 interpretation of unannounced project visits of step 4 and step 5
BoE Decision 2021-07_Adjustment of § 6.4 SCL manual
BoE Decision 2022-02_Group Interviews
BoE Decision 2022-03_Use of SAQ Compact with SCL Light

CvD Besluit 2021-04_Passer d’une déclaration SCL Light à un certificat SCL dans un délai de 3 mois’

Previous decisions have been included in the latest version of the manual.


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Manuel Safety Culture Ladder 4.0

Schéma de certification 4.0


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