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.

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.

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 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.

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.

More information about the COR program and how to register.

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