Alberta Human Resources and Employment and Workplace Health and Safety are committed to helping employers and workers reduce losses caused by workplace injuries through the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. The COR is also used as a pre-qualification requirement for contractors tendering work for many buyers within Alberta.
A COR is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards. Certificates are issued by Alberta Labour and are co-signed by certifying partners.
Achieving and maintaining a valid COR is required for earning a financial incentive through the WCB Partnerships in Injury Reduction program.
A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards.
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).
To get a COR, your business must first have a health and safety management system in place, and then have it successfully audited through a certifying partner.
A certifying partner is an organization that can do the following:
• Help you develop a health and safety system
• Provide health and safety training and services
• Coordinate the audit process
• Provide quality assurance
• Handle eligibility
There are different types of CORs, based on the number of employees you have.
Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) for businesses with up to 10 employees. To get a SECOR, you must conduct a self-assessment of your health and safety management system, then have the assessment reviewed by your certifying partner. If a business has a SECOR and may grow beyond 10 employees, it can follow a transition program to get a standard COR.
Certificate of Recognition (COR) for businesses with 10 or more employees:
You must hire an external auditor to audit your health and safety management system, then have it reviewed by your certifying partner. If your business passes the audit, the certifying partner will jointly issue a COR with the Government of Alberta.