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Steps to Achieve COR™

Step 1. Complete and submit the COR™ Application Form to IHSA.

Step 2. Complete the mandatory training courses.

  • A representative from senior management must complete one course.
  • A permanent full-time employee must complete four courses.

Step 3. Complete and submit (with supporting documentation) a self-audit of the workplace.

Step 4. Arrange and successfully complete a third-party COR™ audit.


Mandatory Training

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 permanent full-time 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 Tool. 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. The employer is required to conduct and successfully complete annual internal audits for each of the next two years using IHSA's COR™ Audit Tool in order to receive a Letter of Good Standing for years two and three.


Elements of the COR™ Audit Tool

There are 19 elements in the COR™ Audit Tool.

Thirteen are common to all of the provinces that participate in COR™.
Six supplemental elements are specific to Ontario.

  • Policy Statement
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Safe Job Procedures
  • Company Rules
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Training & Communication
  • Workplace Inspections
  • Investigations & Reporting
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Statistics & Records
  • Legislation
  • Occupational Health
  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety Representative/Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Workplace Violence & Harassment
  • Return to Work
  • Management Review

The COR™ Cycle

Once a workplace achieves COR™, it is valid for three years from the date of certification, provided the employer performs internal maintenance audits in the second and third years and complies with the terms and conditions of the COR™ program. A Letter of Good Standing verifies that the training elements and auditing standards are maintained each year.

Year 1. A third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the COR™ standard.

Year 2. The workplace completes and submits a COR™ self-audit to validate that they continue to meet the standard.

Year 3. Same as year two.

Year 4. A third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the COR™ standard.


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