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What RMC delivers


Dependent on your specific context, RMC can support you on your Safety Culture Ladder (SCL) plans: 

1. Is the SCL new to you and do you consider certification?


We can offer you full support towards certification, including:

  • Scope & ambition setting 

  • Self Assessment + GAP analysis

  • Intervention plan 

  • Implementation ​support

  • Coaching on pre- and certification audit

RMC can be heavily involved and act as a project lead for the certification, but we can also serve as an expert project team member providing coaching and insights where required. Below we have listed a number of training modules and workshops that RMC can facilitate as part of the SCL implementation. 

2. Have you been certified already?


Well done. Have you already considered about what is next? Do you need some time to catch breath, or have you already identified some development points out of the certification process that you would like some support on to tackle them prior to re-certification? 

Improving Safety Culture is an ongoing process: feel free to contact us to discuss how we can best support you to keep going. 

3. Are you already certified and do you consider a next step? ​

Congratulations! Planning to move up the ladder sounds simple, but achieving a higher certification could be an interesting challenge. We look forward to discuss your ambitions and performance so we can come up with advise on how to get you there.   

Training & Workshops 

We offer a range of services that support companies in getting the most of SCL implementations:

  1. Awareness workshop/ webinar: putting the VCL into context for your organization. Focus us to create a better understanding and platform for implementation. 

  2. VCL implementation workshop: how to get started with the VCL project. What steps need to be taken? What elements are in place already the the project could build on?

  3. VCL NORM knowledge: this course goes in detail on the fundamentals underlying the VCL norm and certification.  

  4. VCL Auditor Training: we train the Auditors of certifying bodies on the VCL concept, so we know what they will be looking for during audits. In parallel, we can also training your internal auditors in better understanding the SCL and capture this concept in your internal Audits too.


Note: part of the implementation plans and training additional training modules can be made available. These modules can also cover more operational risk awareness training and safety behavior & leadership training for line management.  

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About the Safety Culture Ladder

The Safety Culture Ladder is intended as a measure to encourage companies and their suppliers to consciously work safely. After the system was originally developed by ProRail, it’s been owned and managed by NEN since July 1, 2016. The Safety Culture Ladder was developed by ProRail. NEN is internationally accepted as scheme manager and certification audits are conducted by independent, accredited certification bodies (Ladder Certification Authorities). NEN provides the project management and secretariat of the Board of Stakeholders (BoS) and the Committee of Experts (CoE).


The Safety Culture Ladder encourages safety awareness and conscious safe behavior. The goal is to reduce the number of unsafe situations with fewer incidents (absenteeism, damage) as a result. A key factor is awareness at all levels of the organization’s own contribution to safety. This has everything to do with attitude, behavior and culture. Has there been created a setting in which people dare to express themselves if there is an unsafe situation? Is safety often talked about and are employees being heard on safety issues? Use of the Safety Culture Ladder has a broader function, however. It offers a framework for safe working to all parties active in the various sectors, whereby no distinction is made between clients, contractors or suppliers. Safety is something we achieve together, throughout the chain.

Set up

The Safety Culture Ladder has been developed in such a manner that the core concept can be generically applied. Additionally, the Safety Culture Ladder offers plenty of room for ‘customisation’ per sector by interpreting requirements and criteria in a manner appropriate to the specific industry or type of company. The Safety Culture Ladder also consists of 5 steps. The assessment criteria of each step originate from 6 company aspects, subdivided into 18 company characteristics, each with an own weighting factor.

Happy reading... 

More information on the Safety Ladder is available on:

We have attached the Safety Ladder Manual and full Certification Scheme for those who are interested in reading.

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