• By achieving COR®, employers are able to demonstrate to buyers of construction that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits.
  • Audits will typically include interviews, documentation review, and observation techniques to evaluate how well the employer is able to identify, assess, and control risks to workers.
  • The audit criteria used by COR® are recognized by industries throughout Canada. Your company will be part of a nationwide network participating in and promoting health and safety excellence.
  • In a situation where you have to demonstrate that you have an active health and safety management system, participation in COR® is an asset.
  • Firms that are registered in the COR® program may qualify ahead of others for certain jobs. Buyers of construction can make COR® a requirement for contractors bidding on jobs in order to be more confident in the contractor's health and safety performance.
  • Protecting the health and safety of all workers at all times is the right thing to do. Effective development and maintenance of a health and safety management system is a proactive approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • A firm's corporate image will be enhanced within the industry and community. Commitment to a strong culture of safety will attract safety-conscious workers.
  • Providing immediate proof that you have an effective health and safety management system in place will give your organization a competitive advantage. Buyers of construction can be assured that you will bring superior safety practices to the workplace.
  • Your program will comply with COR® national standards, since all stipulations have been endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).

What's involved?

A representative from senior management and one designated full-time permanent employee must take prescribed training offered by IHSA. The training is conducted to help the employer understand and commit to the program, and for the full-time permanent employee to become the designated Internal Auditor.

Once the training is complete, the employer is required to conduct an internal audit of their health and safety management system using IHSA's COR® Audit Instrument. The internal audit is reviewed by IHSA, and is then followed up with an external audit from IHSA staff. Upon successful completion of the internal and external audits, the employer is issued the Certificate of Recognition, and a Letter of Good Standing (good for one year). The employer is required to conduct and successfully complete annual internal audits on the company's health and safety management system for each of the next two years using IHSA's COR® Audit Instrument in order to receive a Letter of Good Standing for years two and three.


Steps to Achieve COR®


For a step-by-step guide to achieving COR®, visit the Steps to Achieve COR® web page.

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