Understanding COR and SECOR: How Your Business Can Achieve These Important Safety Certifications
In today's competitive business environment, maintaining a strong commitment to workplace safety and health is not only essential for the well-being of your employees but also a requirement to stay compliant with industry regulations. Two important safety certifications that businesses should aim to achieve are the Certificate of Recognition (COR) and the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR). In this informative post, we'll explain what these certifications are, how your company can achieve them, and how On-Track Safety can help you through the process, regardless of your industry or company size.
What are COR and SECOR?
The Certificate of Recognition (COR) and the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) are occupational health and safety certifications that demonstrate a company's commitment to maintaining a comprehensive safety management system. These certifications are widely recognized by industries across Canada and are often required for contracts, especially in the construction, oil and gas, and transportation sectors.
COR is designed for larger businesses, typically those with 20 or more employees, while SECOR is tailored for smaller businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Both certifications involve a thorough audit process to ensure that a company's safety program meets established standards.
How Can Companies Achieve COR and SECOR?
Achieving COR and SECOR involves several steps:
Develop a comprehensive safety program: Your company must have a well-structured safety program in place, including policies, procedures, hazard assessments, employee training, and emergency response plans.
Implement the program: Ensure that your safety program is effectively implemented in your workplace, with clear communication and participation from all levels of the organization.
Undergo an audit: Both COR and SECOR require an audit by a certified auditor to verify that your safety program meets the required standards. This audit typically includes a review of your documentation, interviews with employees, and an assessment of your workplace.
Maintain your certification: Once you have achieved COR or SECOR, you must continue to meet the certification requirements through ongoing internal audits, external audits every three years, and continuous improvement of your safety program.
How On-Track Safety Can Help
On-Track Safety is committed to helping businesses of all sizes and industries achieve COR and SECOR certifications. Our services include:
Consultant COR Audits: Our certified safety professionals conduct thorough COR audits, evaluating your safety program's documentation, implementation, and effectiveness, ensuring that your business meets the necessary requirements.
Safety Program Development: We work with you to develop a comprehensive safety program tailored to your business's unique needs, including custom manuals, hazard assessments, safe work procedures, and emergency response planning.
Documentation Support: Our team can assist you in creating the necessary documentation to pass the COR or SECOR audit process, ensuring that your safety program meets the required standards.
Ongoing Support: We provide ongoing support and guidance to help you maintain your COR or SECOR certification, with services such as internal audit assistance, program updates, and employee training.
Achieving COR and SECOR certifications is a vital step in demonstrating your company's commitment to workplace safety and meeting industry regulations. On-Track Safety can help you navigate the process, providing expert guidance and support every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business achieve and maintain these important safety certifications.