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All employees in high-risk tasks: knowledge and skills

Risky tasks should only be performed by competent persons. High-risk tasks are activities that pose an increased risk because of the equipment used, working methods or conditions. Examples include working in confined spaces or lifting loads. To determine whether a task is risky or not, a risk analysis is carried out. SCC companies are obliged to demonstrate that employees who perform high-risk tasks have been specifically trained for this in accordance with the requirements laid down in the "Register of high-risk tasks". For work in the petrochemical industry, a test in a recognised examination centre is mandatory for a number of high-risk tasks.

Situation within SCC

Question 3.4. VCA 2008/5.1 - VCA 2017/6.0

Do all employees have specific knowledge and skills related to specific high-risk tasks or work to be performed by them within the company in a high-risk environment? */**/petrochemistry

All employees have that specific knowledge and skills they need for specific high-risk tasks to be performed by the company and/or work to be carried out in a high-risk environment.

Minimum requirements

  • Overview of specific training and experience requirements, categorised by function (for Belgium, see Register of Risky Tasks)
  • For work within the petrochemical sector, meet the requirements as laid down in the "SSVV Training Guide" or (in Belgium) in the "Register of Risky Tasks", demonstrable by means of an overview of specific training and experience requirements classified by function
  • Ensuring that specific training and experience requirements are met


  • List of specific training and experience requirements classified by position
  • Procedure related to assurance

For SCC certification, companies must therefore demonstrate this through an overview of specific training and experience requirements classified by function/task and in accordance with the requirements laid down in the "Register of Risky Tasks". Companies must then ensure that the specific training and experience requirements are met. This applies to all companies and not just for working in petrochemicals! For working in petrochemicals, a number of tasks do require mandatory post-training testing.

Register high-risk tasks

The Register was published on 1 May 2004. The Register has been available on the website of vzw BeSaCC-VCA since that date. The Register fleshes out the minimum requirements of question 3.4 of the SCC. The Register aims to be a guide for dealing with high-risk tasks in all companies. For a number of high-risk tasks performed in the (petro)chemical industry, the Register is more than a guideline and contains requirements that the content (final attainment levels) and testing of the training must meet. The purpose of the Register is to provide information to clients, contractors (including contractors and employment agencies) and certification bodies about high-risk tasks and the requirements to be met by the content and any testing of training courses and instructions. A high-risk task involves working with high-risk tools and equipment or working with high-risk working methods, or work carried out in conditions that entail risks.

Which workers should be specifically trained?

Those who perform a high-risk task.

Which tasks are risky?

This should be evident from the RIE (Risk Inventory and Evaluation). See also the step-by-step documentation.

Transitional measures for high-risk tasks with imposed review through approved centre

If for a high-risk task included in the register, no centre has yet been accredited or no assessment in the national language (NL or FR) is possible, only the training requirements from the register apply and not the compulsory assessment via an accredited centre. As soon as there is one approved centre in a particular language, compulsory assessment for that language will apply.
- 1 recognised centre NL: compulsory testing for Dutch speakers.
- 1 approved centre FR: compulsory testing for French speakers.
- 1 recognised centre NL and 1 recognised centre FR: compulsory testing for Dutch and French speakers.


Register Risky Tasks (BE)
Guide to training for high-risk work (NL)
SCC examination regulations
Roadmap for high-risk tasks
Clusters of high-risk tasks

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