The Certificate Of Recognition (COR™) is a nationally recognized incentive program in Canada to promote proactive health and safety processes. The voluntary program helps employers who develop health and safety programs create a Safety Management System that exceeds the minimum legal requirements and meets provincial standards established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). The program rewards employer who take a strategic approach to workplace safety and are committed to reducing the human and financial costs of workplace injuries.
A COR shows that the employer’s health and Safety Management System has been evaluated by a Certified Auditor. COR is the national standard in safety recognition in the safety industry and its objective is to to reduce incidents and their associated human and financial costs. COR certification is now frequently required as a pre-qualification and/or condition of contract by public and private buyers of construction across Canada. A significant number of industry-leading companies are COR certified.
To get COR certified, your business must first have a Health and Safety Management System in place, and then have it successfully audited through an industry specific Provincial recognized Certifying Partner. Best to check with your Province’s workplace safety authority (e.g. in BC- WorkSafeBC) to determine your business Classification Unit (CU) to find a Certifying Partner for more information on COR.
Certifying Partners Often,
- Help businesses develop a proper Health and Safety Management System
- Provide safety training and services.
- Coordinate the audit process and quality assurance.
COR Certified Companies Experience,
- 42 per cent lower injury rates
- 47 per cent lower time-loss injury rates
- 37 per cent lower injury costs per worker from claims reported to the WCB
- 49 per cent fewer work days taken for time-loss injuries
Benefits of COR
Safe and healthy workplace — COR certified employers demonstrate leadership, commitment to continual improvement, and dedication to worker health and safety. Possessing a COR demonstrates to your workers, your industry peers, and the public that you value a workplace that’s safe and secure from injury, illness, and disease. This commitment translates into a safer and healthier workforce and work environment, which helps ensure your workers go home safely every day.
Competitive advantage — Having a COR reflects your commitment to workplace health and safety, which may make it easier to hire and keep workers. It can also give you an advantage when it comes to work contracts; in some Provinces a COR or a COR equivalent certification is required to bid on government contracts and this is becoming more commonplace in the private sector. As clients become more socially-conscious and discerning in choosing who to work with, it’s important to make the most of every opportunity that will give your company a competitive edge.
Financial savings — Achieving a COR can also have positive financial impacts. When you maintain a safe and healthy workplace with few worker injuries and shorter claims duration, your company’s experience rating will improve, significantly lowering premiums paid to your Province’s workplace safety authority. This may eventually lead to a further discount on your premiums, in some provinces up to a 15% rebate on assessable payroll is possible for meeting the established COR standards.
There are many elements of the COR certification audit which employers are required to demonstrate and prove due diligence. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80% of the COR audit is documentation, especially for companies requiring a Large COR audit and recertification. The qualified COR auditor must evaluate the employers Safety Management System and ensure the proper documentation procedures are in place that demonstrate consistent and well documented training procedures. A company’s training documentation and on-site employee interviews are both used as evaluation tools during an audit when scoring job specific assessments and job hazard analysis. WalletCard makes this process easy, accessible and transparent for your auditor by giving you fast access to your employee training history.
Preparing for a COR audit is usually a busy time for any company. If there’s one thing come audit time that Managers don’t want to be surprised by- it’s the backlog of work needed to update their Safety Management System. With WalletCard, you can record your training year round so the rush to finish those last minute training assignments is that much easier and dealt with before the 11th hour. Less site “downtime” conducting training in short advance of an audit translates to improved profitability. WalletCard’s advanced automated notification system ensures there less missed assignments, helping your workforce focus on the job- where you need them most, so you can breathe easier.
WalletCard allows businesses small to large to have a single pane to view, store and document an organization’s Safety Management System & training requirements, meaning less time spent flipping through huge training binders and searching for paper files in the heaps of paperwork and files. Health & Safety administration is performed efficiently and collaboratively with WalletCard, letting everyone in your organization have fast access to records to update training records with ease, saving valuable time and money allowing your Health & Safety team to ramp up operations and drastically reduce tedious desk time managing paperwork.
Safety training, licensing & certification tracking
Effectively maintain your training program to reduce time & costs
Track qualifications, equipment and maintenance
Job-based training assignment for employee qualifications
Compliance alerts and visual training matrices
Ensure quick access to all critical compliance documentation