Types of Audits


To achieve / renew a COR, you will need to have your program audited by an external certified auditor. The external audit can be conducted in several different ways:

Partnership Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE)

If a large company has a developed safety program with well-established health and safety management systems, the employer may apply to Energy Safety Canada for participation in the Partnerships Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE) program. The employer must meet specific criteria to qualify for participation in the program.

Baseline Audit

A baseline audit determines the extent and limitations of an employer's current safety program. This audit provides information concerning areas of the safety program that require upgrading.

Certification Audit for COR - External Audit

The external audit for COR certification audits an employer’s safety program. The audit needs to be conducted by an Energy Safety Canada certified auditor who is not an employee of the company being reviewed. An external audit must be conducted on three-year intervals to renew an existing COR.

Maintenance Audit for COR - Internal Audit

In the second and third year of a three-year COR cycle, a maintenance audit must be performed. This audit may be conducted by an Energy Safety Canada certified internal auditor who is an employee of the company.

Certification Audit for SECOR – Conducted by a SECOR Assessor

The SECOR program allows a small employer to submit information and health and safety management system documents to Energy Safety Canada for review to obtain SECOR certification. The SECOR program requires a representative of the company to complete a two-day training course.

Administrative Audit

In the event that a company is required to perform an audit for re-certification purposes, but does not have active worksites available to audit, an administrative audit may be performed and a six-month COR may be issued. Documentation and interviews are still conducted, but observations are limited to the available administrative site.

Injury Management/Return-to-Work Audit

An Injury Management/Return-To-Work (IM/RTW) audit measures a company's management system. The official IM/RTW audit program with WorkSafeBC is currently suspended, but maintenance IM/RTW audits will be accepted at this time.


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