COR | Get a certificate

COR | Get a certificate

Follow these steps to perform an audit and get a COR from your Certifying Partner.

Before your business can get a COR, you must have a health and safety management system in place that meets provincial standards.

1. Choose a Certifying Partner

There are 13 Certifying Partners authorized to administer the COR program to Alberta employers. Choose a Certifying Partner that has the right fit for your company and industry.

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2. Implement a health and safety management system

After you choose a Certifying Partner, they will help you develop a health and safety management system that meets their requirements.

If you already have a health and safety management system in place, your Certifying Partner will give you recommendations and training to meet provincial standards.

3. Get an audit

Once you have a health and safety management system in place, you’ll need to have it reviewed. To get an audit:

  • small employers with less than 10 employees: arrange with your Certifying Partner to conduct a self-assessment
  • employers with more than 10 employees: arrange with your Certifying Partner to get an external audit

Getting an external audit:

  1. Contact your Certifying Partner for a list of qualified auditors and to discuss all the audit requirements.
  2. Select an auditor with appropriate experience and qualifications for your needs.
  3. Arrange with the auditor for the audit to be completed.

Timeline
Auditors have up to 45 days for on-site auditing. Once they’re done on-site, they’ll write and submit the report to your Certifying Partner within 45 days.

Note: if a consultant helped you develop your health and safety management system, that consultant cannot carry out the audit.

Audit instruments
An audit instrument organizes audit procedures into steps and actions for the auditor. Each Certifying Partner develops their own audit instrument, which is approved by the Partnerships in Injury Reduction. All audit instruments will conduct:

  • employee interviews at all levels
  • a review of documentation
  • observations of workplace conditions and practices

The audit will determine how well your health and safety management system is working, and if it complies with your Certifying Partner’s standards.

4. After the audit

Once the auditor has completed the audit, they’ll send a written report to your Certifying Partner for review. To pass the audit, you must score at least 80% overall, with a minimum score of 50% in each of the audit elements.

If it passes, the Certifying Partner sends a request to the Government of Alberta to issue a COR. The certificate is then signed by both the government and your Certifying Partner, and sent to you.

Timeline
When going through the audit process, keep in mind:

  • if you don’t have a health and safety management system, it may take 12 months or more to complete the whole process
  • October to December is the busiest time for auditors, so an audit will take longer during this time
  • if corrections are needed by the auditor, this will add more time to the process
  • if the auditor does not meet deadlines for completing or submitting the audit, or if the audit doesn’t pass quality assurance, your audit won’t be accepted; you’ll have to get a new one done, and your COR could expire while you’re renewing it
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Modified: 2015-03-11
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