Standard Certificate Of Recognition Program (COR)
The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) and Alberta Human Resources and Employment, Workplace Health and Safety are committed to helping employers and workers reduce losses caused by workplace injuries through the "Certificate of Recognition" (COR) program for the Alberta construction industry. The COR is also used as a pre qualification requirement for Contractors tendering work for many buyers of construction.
The Certificate of Recognition program is available to all members and associate members of the ACSA from owner/operators to large corporations and is administered by the Alberta Construction Safety Association.
The process for obtaining a Certificate of Recognition (companies with ten or more employees) is:
STEP 1. Have an Active Alberta WCB account and register the company in the program.
STEP 2. Have at least one full time employee complete the following core courses:
Principles of Health & Safety Management - A one day course designed to help the company develop and implement a health & safety program.
Auditor Training - A two day course designed to help the person responsible for health & safety understand how to measure the effectiveness of the company's program.
Leadership for Safety Excellence - A two day course designed to help the supervisor understand their health & safety roles and responsibilities.
Train the Trainer Course - A one day course in either Flagperson or Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
The above courses require six days of training and can be completed within a
month's time if taken in Edmonton or Calgary. For outlying regions, the above courses are offered twice annually.
STEP 3. A "Site Assessment for Peer Audit" form must be filled out and faxed to the COR department in the Edmonton office ( 455-1120 or 1-877-441-0440. Arrangements for the audit, from notification date, could take approximately four weeks to arrange.
STEP 4. The external PEER audit should take approximately two working days to complete, for a company with up to 100 employees, depending on location of the active work site(s) in relation to the head office. Once the audit has been completed and the close out meeting (between the auditor and the company) has been held, the audit document must be forwarded by the company to the ACSA for review. This process should take less than ten days to complete, barring any unforeseen errors and/or omissions in the audit.
STEP 5. The ACSA forwards a request for certification to Alberta Human Resources and Employment, Workplace Health and Safety for issuance of the Certificate of Recognition. This process could take up to four weeks to complete.
Certification is good for three years from the date of the external (peer) audit. Maintaining your certification requires internal audits submitted annually and employment of a full time employee who has completed the required training.
Once the company/organization has received a "Certificate of Recognition" they are eligible to participate in the "Partnership in Injury Reduction" (PIR) program through the Alberta WCB.
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