Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®)
Effective September 1, 2018 the SCSA is implementing new SECOR program requirements.
These will include amendments to the certification process including training requirements, audit requirements and the audit process. These changes are supported by industry and will gradually be implemented. More detail on these changes will be available on our website in September.
Important Transition Information
Companies registered in the SECOR program on, or before December 31, 2016, may continue under the current requirements until December 31, 2018. Failure to complete the program and be awarded SECOR certification by December 31, 2018 will result in your company being removed from the SECOR program. A mandatory six month waiting period will be imposed. The company may register again as of July 1, 2019. Upon registration, the company will fall under the new SECOR program requirements. Companies achieving certification by December 31, 2018 will have until 2020 to meet the new SECOR program requirements.
Companies registered in the SECOR program between January 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018 will be contacted in September and will be required to transition to the new SECOR program requirements within a total of 18 months, specific milestone deadlines will apply.
Certified companies will be contacted in early 2019. They must meet new SECOR program requirements by their 2020 audit due date.
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Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) Program
The Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) program is a process whereby a company with (9) or less employees (including sub-contractors) develops and maintains an effective health and safety management system. The SECOR program is designed to help companies reduce the human and financial losses associated with accidents. SECOR program certification recognizes employers who have achieved their objective of creating and implementing a health and safety management system that meets industry standards. Small employers often use SECOR certification as a stepping-stone to achieving Certificate of Recognition (COR®) certification.
SECOR Certification Benefits:
- Injury Prevention
- SCSA training assists employers in developing, implementing and maintaining an effective health and safety management system.
- Fewer injuries and job interruptions lead to a more productive and profitable company.
- Pre-bid Qualification
- An ever increasing number of buyers of construction in Saskatchewan are recognizing the fact that companies with an established and effective health and safety management system tend to be better motivated, have fewer job interruptions and tend to complete the required work on time. Many bid documents ask for a company to have a health and safety management system or that preference on bids will be given to a company with a safety program certification.
- Companies that have registered into the program and have successfully passed an external audit will be issued a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition. These audits are an excellent aid in helping a company to continually evaluate and improve upon their health and safety management system.
SECOR Certification Process
Read the following SECOR information. If this program is applicable for your company you may complete the registration form at the bottom of the page and either email, fax or mail it to your nearest SCSA office.
The SCSA SECOR program is designed for 9 or less Saskatchewan employees (which includes owners, full time, part time, casual, and sub-contractors both in the field and in the office).
Full Saskatchewan SECOR: Available to companies that have permanent office(s) in Saskatchewan. Companies may certify divisions, branches or sections of a WCB account number; however, each WCB account must qualify for its own COR. By registering into the SCSA SECOR Program your company is committing to actively progress through the required milestones of achieving this prestigious certification within 18 months. To remain registered in the COR program, you must complete Milestone #1 requirements within the first 12 months of registration, followed by achieving certification status by 18 months. The SCSA SECOR Program requires a minimum of (1) full time permanent Saskatchewan employee to complete and maintain SCSA SECOR training requirements. A person can only be the trained employee for (1) WCB Account number. Positions that are excluded from the definition of “full time permanent Saskatchewan Employee” include consultants, sub-contractors, part time, and casual employees.
Please note: A Small Employer in the role of General Contractor (or Management Company) with an expectation to engage or employ more than 9 workers (including sub-contractors) no longer qualifies for the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR). In the event that the employer no longer qualifies for the SECOR they must advise the SCSA and start the process for the standard Certificate of Recognition (COR).
1. Register into the SECOR program
- Complete a SECOR Registration Compliance Declaration
- Include your completed SECOR Registration Compliance Declaration with your SECOR Registration Form [you can register using our online registration form (you will be asked to upload your declaration form at the bottom of the form) or complete and submit the paper version (ensure a scanned copy of your declaration form is e-mailed along with your application form or enclosed in the envelope you mail to the SCSA]
2. Complete all (4) mandatory courses required for the SECOR program:
- Safety Management: Must be taken prior to Safety Auditor Training (No recertification in Safety Management required). Previous completion of SCSA Small Employer Safety Management will be accepted.
- Safety Auditor Training: Pre-requisite of Safety Management or Small Employer 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: To maintain active auditor status, one personal maintenance audit during the three year validity of the SCSA Safety Auditor Training. The audit must be conducted using the SCSA national standard audit document. Best practice is to submit the required audit to the SCSA no later than four months prior to their SCSA Safety Auditor Training expiry date to allow time for the audit review and possible corrections.
- Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE) with proficiency: One-time certification, providing the proficiency is submitted within 8 months from training date. Failure to submit the proficiency within the designated time frame will result in the student repeating the two-day training course.
- Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT): All permanent full-time employees must complete this interactive, online training course composed of 13 modules, each focused on a different fundamental aspect
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 health and safety management system for your company. Our Safety Advisors are available to provide guidance and support while you are developing your health and safety management system. It takes time to develop a quality health and safety management system 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 SECOR certified company.
5. Maintain certification:
To maintain certification, the company must submit a satisfactory internal or external audit annually.
Click Here for more SECOR details: How To Become SECOR Certified (PDF)
You will be required to complete, sign, and upload the "Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR®) Registration Compliance Declaration" form, below when applying for the SECOR program online OR include it with your hard copy application submission to the SCSA:
STEP ONE: Complete the SECOR Registration Compliance form, below, to include with your SECOR Registration Form:
STEP TWO: Register by either submitting the online or paper version of the SECOR Registration Form, below.
- Online version of the SECOR Program Registration Form: http://www.scsaonline.ca/forms/secor
- Paper version of the SECOR Registration Form (PDF): www.scsaonline.ca/pdf/SECOR_REG_FORM_Sep_2018 2018).pdf
* SECOR® 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.