To be eligible for a COR, employers must demonstrate that they have implemented an effective health and safety management system by conducting and passing an audit using an approved audit instrument. An external auditor approved by Energy Safety Canada conducts the audit using an approved audit protocol.
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To acquire a Certificate of Recognition (COR), an employer must take the following steps:
If you have a comprehensive health and safety management system in place, the time required to complete an audit and have it reviewed by Energy Safety Canada could be very short.
However, if you need to develop a health and safety management system, the time required to complete the COR process will be significantly longer. You can make use of Energy Safety Canada's training and in-house expertise and/or contract health and safety professionals to create a health and safety management system.
Once you have a COR, you need to maintain it annually.
The more engaged you are with the COR auditing process, the more valuable the COR audit will be in improving your health and safety performance. A standard audit will include:
Energy Safety Canada COR Audit standards have specified timeline requirements. For companies that would like a COR by a particular date, audit timelines and submission dates should be negotiated with the auditor in advance.
In the two years following certification, the employer must maintain their COR by completing an audit or an alternative maintenance option approved by Energy Safety Canada. The maintenance audits must evaluate the complete operational scope of the company and cover the full audit standard. The employer may hire an external auditor again, or they may send an employee for training as an internal certified auditor. During the maintenance stage, Energy Safety Canada may allow an employer to use maintenance options other than a maintenance audit, such as Action Plans and Safety Surveys.
Every COR is issued for a specific lifespan. Depending on the circumstance, the certificate may be good for three years, one year or six months. A 3 year COR remains valid providing all maintenance audits requirements are met. Failure to complete an annual maintenance audit will result in the cancellation of the COR and the possible loss of any government financial incentives.
For a COR that is valid for 3 years, use the month of the certificate expiry date to complete and submit an annual maintenance audit.
For a COR that is valid for 1 year or 6 months, use the month of the certificate expiry date to complete a recertification audit.
The below diagram describes a typical audit cycle
Energy Safety Canada offers various options for companies to maintain their COR. Alternatives to the standard COR maintenance audits provide companies with an opportunity to take advantage of diverse evaluation and program enhancement strategies. Intended to both focus company resources onto specific facets of their safety program and to attend to particular gaps in their safety program, many companies may consider such options to be beneficial in the COR maintenance cycle.
Action Plans represent a valuable and effective method for companies to maintain their COR while continuing to enhance their safety program. Action Plans map out a process to address those gaps identified in previous audits while not losing focus on the greater safety program.
Note: WorkSafeBC is not participating in the Action Plan Program for 2019. Any changes for 2020 will be communicated with sufficient notice.
For employers approved to participate in Action Plans please use the below Action Plan Submission Form to complete your proposed Action Plan. All proposed Action Plans are due on or before March 31.
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Note: Important Deadlines
Amendments, if required, must be submitted prior to October 31.
Action Plan deliverables are due on or before November 30.
Safety Surveys are an effective method for companies with a proven safety management system to meet annual maintenance requirements for both years between certifications, while reducing the resources required for auditing in those maintenance years. There is no pass or fail score. The survey is followed by the creation of an Action Plan with deliverables, key target dates and assigned responsibilities.
For more information on safety surveys click here.
The National or International Standard Equivalency (NISE) process allows employers the choice of using a national or an international audit standard (i.e., OHSAS 18001) to maintain their COR. This is only an option during a maintenance year.
For more information on NISE click here.
The below documents support the Energy Safety Canada COR Program.
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