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.
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
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.