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What are COR and SECOR

It is becoming an industry standard that preferential treatment is given to companies if they possess a Certificate of Recognition (COR or SECOR) as there are more opportunities when bidding on work   A COR shows that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards. These standards are established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).


The difference between a COR and SECOR is the number of employees the company has during peak times. A SECOR is applicable if you have less than 11 employees (including management). However, if you surpass 10- then you are required to obtain a COR.

How to get a COR or SECOR

To get a COR, you need two things – a Health & Safety Program & a Certifying Partner.

Step 1. Choose a Certifying Partner

Each province in Western Canada has a number of certifying partners that you can achieve a COR certification through. For example, in Alberta, there are 13 Certifying Partners authorized to administer the COR program to employers. You will need to choose a Certifying Partner that has the right fit for your company and industry. 


Step 2. Implement a health and safety management system
After you choose a Certifying Partner, we can help you develop a health and safety management system that meets the auditing requirements of your certifying partner. Each partnership has a different audit document, so it is important that your manual is built for the certifying partner that you have chosen. Here is a link to our customized safety manual page for more information or click here for a Free Safety Manual Quote. 


Step 3. Get an Audit
Once you have a health and safety management system in place and have completed at least 3 months of documentation, you’ll need to have it reviewed. To get an audit:

  • for small employers (SECOR) with less than 10 employees, arrange with your Certifying Partner to conduct a self-assessment.  We can assist with this process as well to make it as painless as possible.

  • for employers with more than 10 employees (COR), arrange with your Certifying Partner to get an external audit.  Book your audit here.


Links to Provincial COR Partnerships

We would be happy to help you through the process and are available at any time. 

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Diana Rude
On-Track Safety Solutions Ltd.​

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