COR | How it works

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.

Certifying Partner

A Certifying Partner is an organization that:

  • can help you develop a health and safety system
  • provides health and safety training and services
  • coordinates the audit process
  • provides quality assurance

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
  • to get a COR, you must hire an external auditor to audit your health and safety management system, then have the audit reviewed by your Certifying Partner

Who can issue a COR

If your business passes the audit, the Certifying Partner will jointly issue a COR with the Government of Alberta.

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Modified: 2015-03-11
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