The Certificate of Recognition

The government of Alberta, the Alberta Workers Compensation Board (WCB) and Alberta industry representatives joined forces in 1999 to proactively reduce injury, and the associated cost, by promoting effective health and safety practices. The result of this effort was the creation of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program.

A Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer COR (SECOR) is awarded to employers who have successfully developed and implemented a health and safety program that meets provincial standards. The COR certifies that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and met the requirements of the provincial standards. Certificates are issued by Alberta Labour and are co-signed by your Certifying Partnership.

COR Benefits

A Certificate of  Recognition (COR) provides companies with a wide range of benefits including the reduction of incidents in the workplace, business efficiency improvements, and a reduction of Workers Compensation Board (WCB) rates. Initially they receive a 10% rebate on their WCB premiums followed by an ongoing rebate of between 5% and 25% depending on their ongoing performance.

Additionally, a Certificate of Recognition (COR)  has proven to be an effective means by which employers can achieve a culture change in attitudes to health and safety (H&S) in the workplace.

Although COR is entirely voluntary, many Alberta corporations insist that only COR holders may bid for contracts.

The COR/SECOR/MECOR Audit Process

The audit is a systematic review of the health and safety management system, with minimum requirements based on your “CP” and includes three verification techniques: Documentation review, Interviews and Observations.

To Achieve COR, the company must receive 80% overall, with no less than 50% in each of the required audit elements. The SECOR & MECOR Audit process have varying minimum score requirements, contact us for more details.

We are able to assist your company through every step of the Audit process and achieve certification.

  • Ensure the implementation of a compliant health and safety management system, prior to booking the Audit – Contact us today to discuss the Health and Safety Manual development process
  • Choose a government COR Partnership and take the COR/SECOR Mandatory courses
  • Decide if the company is suited for COR, SECOR or MECOR
  • Contact us to arrange for a certified Auditor to conduct the partnership audit.

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