Organizations maintain safety programs to ensure workers understand the company rules and legislative requirements set for workplace safety. A solid safety program ensures workers return home every day in the same condition they left in.
Workplace safety is an important aspect of today’s work environment. Organizations maintain safety programs to ensure workers understand the company rules and legislative requirements set for workplace safety. A solid safety program ensures workers return home every day in the same condition they left in. It is an essential part of work life and may involve several categories that require documentation, certification and/or compliance.
Many registries such as ISNetworld®, PICS Auditing, CQ Network, and ComplyWorks have come into existence ensuring contractor management safety & quality compliance for industries, including: oil & gas, mining, forestry, construction, transportation, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, among others.
Additionally, there is the COR/SECOR process. COR/SECOR certification involves using your safety manual program and ensuring all safety documentation is in place, including:
- Maintenance and Inspection Records
- Hazard IDs
- Incident and Statistical Reporting
- Training Records
- Safety Meeting Records
COR/SECOR is short for Certificate of Recognition. A COR is given to employers who meet specific standards in their health and safety programs. Obtaining a COR may entitle your company to receive financial compensation (a refund) from the Workers Compensation Board, more commonly known as the WCB. The WCB is a government-created organization with the mandate of providing cost-effective disability and liability insurance. The organization is employer-funded. COR is for large employers, while SECOR (Small Employer Certificate of Recognition) is for small-sized businesses. Specifically SECOR is a program offered to smaller employers (having 10 or less employees) that allows them to reach Certificate of Recognition requirements, given their limited resources. (MECOR is a transitional program for medium sized businesses as they grow from a small to large employer – offered through ENFORM only).
The development of a safety manual is the first step that shows you are serious about the health and safety of your workplace. Home builders, developers, construction prime contractors, cities, towns, and municipalities are all making safety a top priority. A safety manual and COR/SECOR certification is becoming a standard qualification to work.
The requirements of COR/SECOR, ISNetworld®, PICS Auditing, CQ Network and ComplyWorks can affect what needs to be written into your organization’s safety manual, and in-turn, your organizational safety program. The ideal outcome for a compliant safety program ensures that your organization’s workers are safer on the job-site via safety awareness, certification, and compliance.
The Canadian workplace safety industry has many governmental and private industry policies and regulations that your company should be aware of. You can learn more by reading your provincial occupational health and safety act, code and regulations.
Workforce Compliance Safety Ltd. is a Canadian health & safety company. Our safety specialists offer experience and knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety Legislation throughout Canada.