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Navigating COR and SECOR: A Guide for Canadian Businesses

Updated: Apr 9

Elevating Workplace Safety: A Guide to COR and SECOR Certifications in Canada

Understanding and achieving the Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) is becoming increasingly crucial for Canadian companies in the health and safety domain. These certifications not only signify compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards but also open doors to new business opportunities through preferential bidding treatment.


What Are COR and SECOR?

A COR or SECOR demonstrates that a company's health and safety management system meets the provincial standards set by OHS, evaluated by a certified auditor. The primary difference between COR and SECOR lies in the company size, with SECOR applicable to businesses with fewer than 11 employees, including management.


COR and SECOR Guide

The Path to Certification: Practical Steps

Step 1: Choose a Certifying Partner

Each province has authorized certifying partners for administering the COR program. In Alberta alone, there are 13 such partners. Selecting the right partner is crucial and should align with your company's industry and specific needs.


Step 2: Implement a Health and Safety Management System

After selecting a Certifying Partner, develop a health and safety management system tailored to the auditing requirements. This step involves creating a manual that adheres to your certifying partner's audit document. For assistance, refer to On-Track Safety’s customized safety manual services.




Step 3: Undergo an Audit

With a system in place and at least three months of documentation, the next step is the audit. For SECOR, this involves a self-assessment for companies with less than 10 employees, while those with more must arrange an external audit through their Certifying Partner.



Links to Provincial COR Partnerships

For detailed information on each province’s COR partnerships, exploring the official provincial websites or contacting a certifying partner directly is advisable.


Leveraging COR and SECOR for Business Growth

Securing a COR or SECOR certification can significantly impact your business, from improving safety practices and reducing accidents to gaining an edge in competitive bidding processes. Emphasize real-life examples where certification has led to operational improvements and increased business opportunities.


Partner with On-Track Safety for Seamless Certification

Ready to navigate the COR or SECOR certification process? On-Track Safety is here to guide you through every step, from choosing the right Certifying Partner to developing a compliant health and safety management system and preparing for your audit. Contact us to learn more and begin your journey toward certification.


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