What is COR™?
What is an audit?
What is a health and safety management system?
What are the benefits of COR™?
- By achieving COR™, employers are able to demonstrate to buyers of construction that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits.
- Audits will typically include interviews, documentation review, and observation techniques to evaluate how well the employer is able to identify, assess, and control risks to workers.
- The audit criteria used by COR™ are recognized by industries throughout Canada. Your company will be part of a nationwide network participating in and promoting health and safety excellence.
- In a situation where you have to demonstrate that you have an active health and safety management system, participation in COR™ is an asset.
- Firms that are registered in the COR™ program may qualify ahead of others for certain jobs. Buyers of construction can make COR™ a requirement for contractors bidding on jobs in order to be more confident in the contractor's health and safety performance.
- Protecting the health and safety of all workers at all times is the right thing to do. Effective development and maintenance of a health and safety management system is a proactive approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.
- A firm's corporate image will be enhanced within the industry and community. Commitment to a strong culture of safety will attract safety-conscious workers.
- Providing immediate proof that you have an effective health and safety management system in place will give your organization a competitive advantage. Buyers of construction can be assured that you will bring superior safety practices to the workplace.
- Your program will comply with COR™ national standards, since all stipulations have been endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).
What's involved in COR Accreditation in Ontario?
- It is always a good option to use the services of an expert external COR consultant for conducting a comprehensive COR gap analysis.
- Apart from serving as a vital OHS due diligence document, gap analysis by an expert external consultant provides you with an unbiased clear opinion on your program.
- In fact, external COR™ consultants will also make relevant recommendations if your program has gaps.
- Further, they will provide you with a clear road map of where the organization is and where it needs to go for achieving COR in Ontario.
- Job hazard analysis (JHA) helps you identify hazards based on activities performed.
- JHA helps in identification of job function hazards, and the probability and severity of workplace injury and/or illness as it relates to each categorized task.
- JHA helps you identify and develop the SJPs / SWP (Safe Job/Work Procedures) for high risk tasks, which is vital for COR™.
- JHA increases the overall health and safety awareness in the workplace, making it easier for building a health and safety culture, which is crucial for COR™.
- Seeking help from an expert COR™ support partner with regards to conducting a JHA is a good idea.
- A COR™ support partner can help you integrate your JHA with your business.
- Next, you are recommended to implement an online safety training & management system to capture and store records largely for documentation.
- An online safety training and management system will make it much easier to maintain information, communicate with your workers, and keep your health and safety program alive.
- You can map your JHA that with an online system, which is an important feature.
- Apart from helping you with due diligence, online systems make it easier to track the progress of your health and safety initiatives, which is vital for achieving COR in Ontario.
- The next step is to get all your front line supervisors and managers trained on understanding their responsibilities and the change in processes along with its requirements as the implementation takes place.
- This is crucial for COR™ certification since employee engagement is one of the major pillars on which the success of building a health and safety culture hinges. COR in Ontario is all about creating and sustaining a health and safety culture.
- The role of middle-management in COR™ certification just cannot be undermined. In fact, it is often the middle-management that tend to resist change the most.
- Training middle-management is crucial simply because COR™ involves a major strategic change that needs to be executed across all levels of the organization.
- It is your middle-management that will communicate your COR™ strategy across the organization.
- With the Occupational Health and Safety Act constantly increasing the emphasis on the role of supervisors within an organization in terms of health and safety, training your supervisors for COR™ becomes even more important.
- It’s good to ensure that all your employees undergo all the mandatory training and hazard-specific training.
- It’s also important to ensure that they get trained in all the new ways of carrying out their daily activities as well as filling in the required forms and checklists.
- Regular training conducted by you constantly reinforces your company’s message in the minds of the employees, slowly making it a part of your organizational culture.
- Technology plays a big role in making the training process seamless, user-friendly, measurable, and efficiently manageable.
- You can use online systems to train employees, manage their records, and monitor their performance easily and effectively.
- Regular training of employees is one of the best engagement strategies that you can adopt.
- Interactive training goes a long way in terms of creating the right atmosphere to build a workplace safety culture within your organization.
- COR™ is all about creating a sustainable health and safety culture within your organization over a long term. Employee training will help you in this regard.
- The last step you are recommended to follow is to conduct thorough monitoring on an ongoing basis.
- It’s very important for you to ensure that what is being said in your program is being communicated, understood, and followed correctly by employees at all levels of your organization.
What are the elements of a COR™ Audit?
- Policy Statement
- Hazard Analysis
- Safe Work Practices
- Safe Job Procedures
- Company Rules
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Preventive Maintenance
- Training & Communication
- Workplace Inspections
- Investigations & Reporting
- Emergency Preparedness
- Statistics & Records
- Occupational Health
- First Aid
- Health & Safety Representative/Joint Health and Safety Committee
- Workplace Violence & Harassment
- Return to Work
- Management Review
How do I join?
How long does it take to go from registration to certification?
How long is my certification valid after successfully completing an External Audit?
As an Employer, how many COR™ certificates can I obtain?
As a "Senior Management Representative", is my only obligation to attend IHSA prescribed training?
- Ensure audits are properly planned and scheduled.
- Provide access to facilities and supporting information as requested by
- Actively participate in the COR™ audit process and maintain COR™ training requirements.
- Provide IHSA with feedback on the audit process to assist with continuous improvement.
- Ensure maintenance of their COR™ status is achieved on an annual basis, always prior to their anniversary date.
What if the person who completed the training leaves my company?
If my company has more than one WSIB account number, does it make a difference to the audit process? Can one audit and COR™ cover them all?
Our company has offices all over Canada, and we are participating in COR™ in various other provinces. Can we use COR™ from other provinces and bring it into Ontario?
- confirmation from the host safety association that the employer's COR™ is current (e.g., a Letter of Good Standing from the host association)
- proof of training from the home province that the COR™ Internal Auditor course was completed. Documentation to accompany this should be a course transcript from the host association.
What do I do if I have a complaint about COR™?
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