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What is COR?

What is the Certificate of Recognition or COR?

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program provides financial incentives to employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by taking the “best practice” approach to implementing health and safety programs. The goal of the COR program is to improve workplace safety.

COR Audit Questions

What if I don’t pass my external audit?

If your total score is between 70 and 79 per cent, you have the option of performing a limited-scope audit within 90 days of the original audit date. This limited-scope audit will allow the employer to focus on specific elements that received low scores during the initial audit. If your score is 69 per cent or lower, you must undergo another complete audit at a later date.

If I don’t pass, how long must I wait before I can apply again?

You can elect to undergo another audit at any time

How long is my certification valid after successfully completing an audit?

The COR certification is valid for three years from the date of certification, provided the employer performs internal maintenance audits in the second and third years. An external audit is required in year four to complete the re-certification audit.

What is the quality assurance process?

Quality assurance is a crucial component of the COR program. In essence an External Auditor will audit your Safety Management System, SafetyDriven – TSCBC audits the External Auditors to ensure they are auditing in accordance with SafetyDriven – TSCBC standards and WorkSafeBC audits SafetyDriven – TSCBC to ensure our COR program meets their standards.

Can I do internal maintenance audits for a company if I don’t work for that company?

No. For large employers, the person doing the internal audit must be a permanent employee of the company. For small employers the person doing the audit must be a permanent employee or dependent contractor. In this circumstance, a dependent contractor means a lease operator or owner operator. They are essentially an employee of the company for audit purposes.

COR Rebate Quesitons

How do I calculate my rebate?

Assessable Payroll / 100 X Base Rate X 10% = refund available for successful completion of the Safety Management System COR audit.

Are there any circumstances in which I would not be eligible for a rebate after successfully completing a cor audit?

WorkSafeBC has listed the following circumstances in which a company may not be eligible for a rebate, or in which the rebate may be placed on hold until the issues are resolved:

  • The company has engaged in activity that would cause WorkSafeBC to consider imposing an administrative penalty, or if it has already imposed one.
  • The company has suppressed claims for compensation or has suppressed claims costs.
  • The company has an outstanding balance related to its WorkSafeBC employer account.
  • The company has failed to register with WorkSafeBC.
  • The company has engaged in other misconduct considered by WorkSafeBC to be inconsistent with participation in the COR program.

Will I receive a rebate for each year that I successfully maintain my COR certification?

Yes, as long as your company maintains its COR status, you will be eligible to receive an annual 10 per cent rebate for completing the Safety Management System COR audit.

When will I receive my COR rebate?

Companies will begin receiving their COR rebate cheque in June of the year following their COR certification. (If you successfully complete the COR audit in December 2013, you will be eligible to receive your first COR rebate cheque in July 2014).

General COR Questions

How long will it take us to get COR?

That will depend on the current state of your Safety Program and the time and resources you have available to put into the development and implementation of the program. Having a SafetyDriven Advisor perform a Safety Evaluation will give you a better idea of the time frame to get COR.

What is SafetyDriven – TSCBC, and what is its role in the COR program?

The Trucking Safety Council of BC was created to address the high personal and economic costs of work-related injury and death in the trucking industry. The SafetyDriven – TSCBC is a not-for-profit organization that works with management, employees, and owner/operators in the BC trucking industry to strengthen safety performance and reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The SafetyDriven – TSCBC is a partner in WorkSafeBC’s Partners Program which offers COR certification.

What is a certifying partner?

A Certifying Partner is an organization that, through agreement with WorkSafeBC, helps guide employers toward a Certificate of Recognition (COR), which certifies that the employer has implemented a safety management system that meets established standards as verified by an audit. Certifying Partners are typically safety associations recognized by WorkSafeBC as having in-depth industry knowledge that is used to promote and develop workplace health and safety; there are different Certifying Partners for different industries. Once an employer registers with a Certifying Partner, the employer is first helped to implement an effective health and safety management system, then to complete and pass a qualifying audit.

Why do I need to take the Internal Auditor course?

In order to maintain your COR certification you must first become a certified SafetyDriven – TSCBC internal auditor by completing a 2 day training program.

For more details about the large employer internal auditor training click here: COR Auditors – Large Employer Internal Auditors

For more details about the small employer internal auditor training click here

Small employer internal auditor training details:

  • If Remote Based: WebEx Training using the Large Employer Internal Auditor Training Resources
  • If in close proximity: one on one basis (Large Employer Internal Auditor Training Resources)
  • A review of the audit standard – page by page, with guidance (substitution for case studies)

Prior to the taking the course the following pre-reading requirements would be sent to the client:

What is happening with Return to Work COR?

The Return to Work (RTW) COR certification program remains frozen pending review by WorkSafeBC.

WorkSafeBC suspended RTW COR in January, 2013. If a company achieved RTW COR certification on or before January 2013, and maintained RTW COR certification until the present year, then the company can continue to participate in the RTW portion of the COR audit in 2016.

Companies who registered with the COR certification program after 2013 are not eligible to challenge the RTW portion of the COR audit.

If an eligible company allows the RTW portion of the COR audit to lapse, the company becomes ineligible for the RTW portion going forward. This would also result in the loss of the incentive (5%) for the RTW portion.

What other industries are involved in the COR program?

Such industries as forestry, oil and gas, construction and food processing, as well as municipal and maritime employers, are all currently involved in the COR program and have Certifying Partners expert in each sector.

What COR certification is available?

The Health and Safety (OHS) COR audit is available. Successful completion of the OHS COR qualifies employers for a 10% rebate on their WorkSafeBC premiums.

How do I qualify for the COR program?

In order to qualify for COR, a certification audit is completed by an external auditor for large employers (20 or more full-time employees) or by an internal auditor for small employers (fewer than 20 full-time employees). To pass this audit, a total score of 80 per cent must be attained, and a minimum of 50 per cent must be scored on each audit element. This certification audit is valid for three years. In the following two years, the same audit process is used for internal or maintenance audits. The main purpose of the internal/maintenance audit is to identify and correct deficiencies in the management system.

Is COR mandatory?

No. COR is a voluntary program. Participation in the COR program enhances your company’s health and safety program with the goal of reducing injuries and claims costs. And, your company will be eligible for certain rebates or financial incentives.

How long does it take to go from registration to certification?

The length of time required depends upon the state of your existing safety management system. Many employers are currently meeting all the COR requirements, while others may require several months to successfully implement all the various elements of the program.

How much would a COR decal cost?

Decals are available to employers that pass the COR audit and receive a COR certificate. The COR decal is available in the following three sizes:

COR Decal

Small (2.5″ x 1.5″) – $1.00
Medium (8″ x 5″) – $2.50
Large (16.5″ x 11″) – $4.00

One of our clients requires an Alberta COR to work for them. Our COR is for BC. Can we hold a COR in both provinces? What are our options?

Currently there is no reciprocity between SafetyDriven-TSCBC and the AMTA on COR certification. Things are in motion on that front, but it will be some time before reciprocity is achieved.

In the interim, one way around that hurdle is to achieve COR certification in both provinces. (So yes, you can have COR in more than one province) The tricky bit with this route revolves around where your operations and employees are located. If all of your locations and employees reside in BC, you won’t be able to achieve COR in Alberta, only in BC. If you have at least one location/site in BC and at least one location/site in Alberta you can achieve COR in either or both provinces.

If you are completely BC based and intend to work in Alberta by crossing over the border each day from BC, the best you can do is explain the circumstances to the hiring company in Alberta, and try to convince them to recognize BC COR. (You could have them call/email us and we might be able to help persuade them of the relative equivalency). The two COR programs are fairly similar, there is just no official reciprocity to date.