The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program encourages employers to create a health and safety management system that goes beyond current legal requirements. The voluntary program recognizes employers that are proactive about improving workplace safety and dedicated to continual improvement. Currently, there are 8 certifying partners in British Columbia that administer the COR program. To be eligible for COR, the employer must demonstrate that it has implemented an effective health and safety management system by conducting and passing an audit using an approved audit instrument. An external auditor approved by a certifying partner conducts the audit using an approved audit protocol.

The BC Forest Safety Council (BCCSA), BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and Energy Safety Canada are certifying partners that Free Spirit Ventures Inc. Health & Safety Consultants are qualified to perform External Audits on.

BC Forest Safety Council External Audits

The BC forest sector developed SAFE Companies (Safety Accord Forestry Enterprise) as a prequalification safety initiative required to bid on forestry work in BC and ensure a minimum standard of safety in all forestry workplaces.

Forestry workers and/or employers in the BC forest or forest product sectors are eligible to become SAFE certified. It takes commitment, completion of training, and a sufficient safety management system (with successful audit) to become a SAFE certified company. Once a company becomes SAFE certified, the BCFSC will automatically determine if your company meets WorkSafeBC’s COR requirements and if your company is eligible to receive the COR incentive payment.

There are three different audits, each one best suited to the needs of a particular size of company. The bigger the company, the more significant the audit requirements to match increased risks.

  • 20 or more personnel: BASE (Basic Audit Safety Evaluation) audit
  • 2 – 19 personnel: SEBASE (Small Employer BASE) and ISEBASE (Independent-Small Employer BASE)
  • 1 – 2 personnel: IOO (Individual Owner Operator) audit

BC Construction Safety Alliance External Audits

Companies in the construction sector, as well as classification unit’s 704008 and 712033, are automatically eligible to participate in BCCSA’s COR program. Companies outside of the construction industry may participate in the COR program through the BCCSA but will be subject to approval by WorkSafeBC on a case-by-case basis. Two COR programs are offered by the BCCSA, each having different program requirements:

  • Small COR: for companies with 19 or fewer employees
  • Large COR: for companies with 20 or more employees

Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada is the certifying partner for the COR program for the oil and gas industry. The COR program was designed through a consultative process with oil and gas industry employers, ensuring that specific industry needs and risks are addressed.

Upon demonstrating that the company has implemented an effective health and safety management system, an employer may be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of an approved audit instrument. There are two types of certificates:

  • COR – for companies with 11 or more employees
  • Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) – for companies with 10 or fewer employees

Energy Safety Canada is the only certifying partner that administers the COR program for the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan for the upstream petroleum industry.

Certifying Partners within the COR Program in British Columbia:

AgSafe (formerly FARSHA)
Industry: Agriculture

BC Forest Safety
Industry: Forestry

BC Municipal Safety Association
Industry: Local government employers

Energy Safety Canada
Industry: Upstream oil and gas

Industry: Tourism and hospitality

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (formerly FIOSA-MIOSA)
Industries: Manufacturing, food processing

Industries: Trucking, transportation, warehousing, shipping, logistics