SASKATCHEWAN CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION (COR®) PROGRAM
Certificate of Recognition (COR®) is an occupational health and safety program designation verifying that a company has a fully-implemented health and safety program that meets national standards. COR is nationally trademarked and is endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA), including the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). The objective of COR is to provide companies with the knowledge and tools to develop effective health and safety management systems to identify weaknesses that can lead to costly workplace injuries and incidents.
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 Saskatchewan companies are COR certified.
Although COR certification is nationally recognized, certification must be attained in each province or territory the company is working in. The standing of any one organization can change as valid certification depends on ongoing compliance with the operating requirements of the COR program and an annual audit feature.
SASKATCHEWAN COR PROGRAM EQUIVALENCY
If a company currently holds a COR in their home province and they have an active Saskatchewan WCB account number they can apply to the SCSA for Saskatchewan COR Program Equivalency certification.
Letter of reciprocity:
The SCSA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) and subject to a reciprocity agreement that promotes the free movement of COR certified employers throughout all provinces and the Yukon Territory. Certified employers apply through their home safety association for reciprocity to bid on work in another jurisdiction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on Saskatchewan Equivalency and Letter of Reciprocity.
COR CERTIFICATION BENEFITS
- Injury prevention and cost savings: A COR certified company can experience reduced financial costs associated with injuries and incidents that affect the company’s financial bottom line. A good safety record will enhance an organization’s reputation in the industry. Employers have found an evaluation of their health and safety program is an effective way to identify organizations weaknesses to be corrected. This can lead to improvements in the system, and fewer job injuries and less job interruptions will contribute to a more productive and profitable company.
- Pre-bid qualification: COR certification is a pre-bid qualification requirement for many buyers of construction in Saskatchewan. Qualifying your company to bid puts your company at a decided advantage when compared to those companies that are not COR certified.The COR program is often referenced by construction owners and contractors to locate employers with a demonstrated commitment to accident prevention.
- Due diligence: The documentation and general safety awareness produced by the COR process may also provide evidence of due diligence if your company is charged with a Occupational Health and Safety offence. Through the process of training, program development, and implementation, companies build a more effective organization
ALL SASKATCHEWAN COR & SASKATCHEWAN COR PROGRAM EQUIVALENCY CERTIFIED COMPANIES
- View the most recent list of all Saskatchewan COR Program companies in good standing with the SCSA, here: http://www.scsaonline.ca/news/SCSA-COR-Companies
COR® CERTIFICATION PROCESS
1.Register into the COR program:
- Complete and submit the online COR registration form to the SCSA.
2. Complete all (4) mandatory courses required for the COR program:
- Safety Management: Must be taken prior to Safety Auditor Training (No recertification in Safety Management required).
Safety Auditor Training: Pre-requisite of Safety Management. Must submit a self-audit and obtain SCSA Internal Auditor Certification within 8 months of training. Failure to submit this proficiency within the designated time frame will result in the student repeating the two day training course. COR audits will only be accepted from an individual with valid SCSA Internal Auditor status.Failure to submit annual audits and re-certify before expiry will result in the student repeating the two-day Safety Auditor Training course.
Please note: Must be recertified in the classroom every 3 years and must submit an audit annually. All auditors are still required to submit an annual audit when the SCSA conducts a company’s External COR audit every three years.
- Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE) with proficiency: One-time certification, providing the proficiency is submitted within 1 year from training date. Failure to submit the proficiency within the designated time frame will result in the student repeating the two-day training course.
- Choice of one of the following:
- WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer: All companies that use hazardous materials are required by law to have a WHMIS program in place. As of June 2016, the SCSA offers WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer. As of January 1, 2018 only WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer will be accepted.
- Basic Training Techniques: This two-day class can be taken in place of WHMIS 2015 Train the Trainer and no recertification is required.
3. Develop and implement a safety program:
Using the course information your company has gained from the above-mentioned courses, develop and implement a quality safety program for your company. Our Safety Advisors are available to provide guidance and support while you are developing your safety program. It takes time to develop a quality health and safety program and most companies will need at least six months to build their basic safety program.
4. Undergo and pass an external health and safety audit:
This process proves that your health and safety program is achieving the desired results, and that your company has met the standard necessary to become a COR certified company.
5. Maintain certification:
To maintain certification, the company must submit a satisfactory internal or external audit annually.
To register for the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) program (designed for companies with 9 employees or less): visit the SECOR page, here: http://www.scsaonline.ca/programs/secor
COR® is a registered trademark of members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.
Please note: Program requirements and fees subject to change without notice.
2017 COR PROGRAM REGISTRATION PROCESS UPDATES
*Please note that there are updates to the COR Program registration process. For detailed information, please visit: www.scasonline.ca/cor-updates