The growing number of firms registered in the COR™ program clearly demonstrates the strong support it has from the construction, transportation and electrical industries. Increasingly, we are seeing COR™ becoming a pre-qualification for bidding on large infrastructure projects in Ontario. Beyond the growth of COR™ popularity, it is now a recognized indicator of a company’s health and safety performance and commitment.
As of November 2016, the following organizations have made COR™ a requirement for bidding on large infrastructure projects.
- Toronto Transit Commission
- City of Toronto
- Greater Toronto Airport Authority
- Infrastructure Ontario
- more to follow ..
The COR™ Process
The IHSA is the ‘Authority having Jurisdiction’ to grant COR™ in the province of Ontario. Ontario COR™ standards looks at 19 elements that promotes health and safety. To become COR™ certified a company must submit an internal audit based on the standard and then pass an external audit by IHSA. The COR™ certification is valid for three years from the date of certification.
Altruistic Safety Management can provide a preliminary gap analysis based on the 19 elements to the COR™ program. We will give you a detailed report which can highlight your strengths and weaknesses. This is a great first step towards achieving COR™ certification on the first attempt. Following a gap analysis, a hazard assessment is completed based on your company. All areas of risk are identified and from here we are able to plan the next stage of implementing policies, procedures and training to meet the COR™ standard. Lastly, your health and safety program is mirrored in accordance with the COR™ elements to give you added advantages during the IHSA external audit.
What is an Audit?
An audit is a comprehensive and detailed review of the employer’s health and safety management system. The audit will typically cover the basic elements of a health and safety management system and will include interviews, documentation review and observation techniques to evaluate how well the employer is able to identify, assess, and control risks to workers.
Continuous Improvement Plan
At Altruistic Safety Management, we partner with our clients to inspire a culture of safety. COR™ truly embraces this philosophy whereby, all risk to workers is controlled. To satisfy the COR™ process and receive a Letter of Good Standing issued in year 2 and 3, verification that the audit elements and auditing standards are maintained by the company. Throughout the continuous improvement plan, we support your health and safety program, meet with your team and provide recommendations to help improve while bolstering the safety culture.
Benefits of COR™
- By achieving COR™, employers are able to demonstrate that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits. The audit criteria used by COR™ are recognized by industries throughout Canada. Your company will be part of a nationwide network participating in and promoting health and safety excellence.
- In a situation where you have to demonstrate that you have an active health and safety management system, participation in COR™ is an asset.
- Firms that are registered in the COR™ program may qualify ahead of others for certain jobs. Buyers of construction can make COR™ a requirement for contractors bidding on jobs in order to be more confident in the contractor’s health and safety performance.
- Protecting the health and safety of all workers at all times is the right thing to do. Effective development and maintenance of a health and safety management system is a proactive approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses
- A firm’s corporate image will be enhanced within the industry and community. Commitment to a strong culture of safety will attract safety-conscious workers.
- Providing immediate proof that you have an effective health and safety management system in place will give your organization a competitive advantage. Buyers of construction can be assured that you will bring superior safety practices to the workplace.
- Your program will comply with COR™ national standards, since all stipulations have been endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).
Contact Altruistic Safety Management today, to learn how we can help you become COR™ certified.