COR Audit Options

January 10, 2022

Details on COR Audit Options
Energy Safety Canada provides audit options to COR Holders in most provinces. This allows employers to use other methods than auditing for their maintenance Years. The following are the audit options available:

Option 1: Action Plan

Action Plans can be used in lieu of a maintenance audit to maintain a company's COR, provided the company meets the necessary requirements. 
Benefits: An Action Plan maps out a process to address any gaps identified in previous audits and is an effective way for companies to maintain their COR and continue enhancing their safety program.
Eligibility:  
  • The employer must have a current standard COR.
  • The employer must be in a maintenance year and have completed one full, three-year COR audit cycle.
  • The employer must apply and receive approval from Energy Safety Canada to use an Action Plan.
  • The last certification audit must have achieved 85% or higher as an overall score or, if applicable, 80% or higher in the previous year's action plan. 
The resource centre provides guidance on the proposal and submission stages, as well as pre-recorded sessions on how to build and submit your action plan.
NOTE: WorkSafeBC is not participating in the Action Plan Program. Employers holding a BC COR must submit a regular maintenance audit to maintain their BC COR. 
Option 2: ISO and CSA Audits
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) audits can be used in lieu of conducting a certification and/or a maintenance audit provided the company meets the necessary requirements
Benefits: No need to submit a COR audit, which saves time and audit costs, reduces audit fatigue, and is an effective way for companies to continue enhancing their safety program.
Eligibility:  
  • The employer must apply yearly and receive approval from Energy Safety Canada to use an ISO or CSA audit.
  • The employer must submit all required documents.
  • The ISO or CSA audit must correlate with the COR certification and maintenance year.
For more information, review COR ISO/CSA audits.
NOTE: WorkSafeBC is not participating in the ISO/CSA Program. Employers obtaining or holding a BC COR must submit a regular certification or maintenance audit.

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