What Does Certificate of Recognition (COR) Mean?
When employers demonstrate that their health and safety programs meet established standards dictated by OHS legislation, a Certificate of Recognition (COR) is issued.
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Safeopedia Explains Certificate of Recognition (COR)
A Certificate of Recognition (COR) demonstrates a health and safety program has been evaluated by a certified auditor and has been shown to meet provincial standards set by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
To acquire a COR, your business is required to have a health and safety program established, which is then successfully audited through a Certifying Partner. A Certifying Partner can assist in developing a heath and safety program, and provide health and safety training services. A Certifying Partner is also responsible for coordinating the audit process and providing quality assurance.
Different types of CORs are issued based on the number of employees within the business.
Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR)
This certificate is for businesses with up to 10 employees. To receive a SECOR, a business must conduct a self-assessment of its established health and safety program, then schedule an assessment reviewed by a Certifying Partner. If a business has a SECOR and may grow beyond 10 employees, it can follow a transition program to get a standard COR.
Certificate of Recognition (COR)
This certificate is for businesses with 10 or more employees. To recieve a COR, a business must hire an external auditor to assess an established health and safety program, then have the audit reviewed by a Certifying Partner.
If your business passes the audit, the Certifying Partner will issue a COR in conjunction with the Government of Alberta.