Certificate of Recognition (COR)

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a national standard that provides employers with the ability to assess their Health and Safety Management System. COR is used across Canada and is often a requirement for contracts within both the public and private sector for construction projects. In Ontario, the IHSA has the authority to grant COR.

History of COR

COR began in Alberta over 20 years ago and is nationally trademarked and endorsed by members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). The Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) works as an umbrella organization for provincial and territorial Construction Safety Associations. The IHSA is a member of this organization which is why they have the authority to grant COR in Ontario

Benefits of COR

COR-certified employers demonstrate leadership, commitment to continual improvement, and dedication to worker health and safety. Possessing a certificate of recognition demonstrates to your workers, your industry peers, and the public that you value a workplace that is safe and secure from injury, illness, and disease.

This commitment translates into a safer and healthier workforce and works environment, which helps ensure your workers go home safely every day.

Achieve Your COR Certification in 3 Steps

1. Pre-Audit Analysis

We encourage organizations that have a Health and Safety Management System in place to conduct a pre-audit assessment which will identify any gaps within the program. We utilize the COR audit tool to assess your program to identify any gaps that may exist.

 Upon completing the assessment our consultants will provide a detailed report that will help your company determine the current status of its program. This helps the organization prioritize specific areas of its program to move forward. Cortech will assist your organization to develop an action plan with timelines to correct these gaps

2. COR Program Development

The first step of becoming COR certified is developing a Health and Safety Management System that meet the requirements of COR. The second step is implementing the program, training all personnel, and making sure all levels of the organization are participating. Lastly, maintaining the COR standards through annual meetings, site visits, and corrective action plans

3. Audit Preparation

Preparing for the Certificate of Recognition audit requires extensive knowledge of auditing techniques and understanding. We have associate audits that will apply the internal and external auditing experience throughout the process to help you complete the audit report properly and promptly.

COR Maintenance

Achieving the COR Certificate is the easiest part of the COR Standard however, maintaining the program year by year can be a challenge for the majority of organizations. We provide a complete oversight and assist organizations to follow the continuous improvement process.