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COR - Certificate of Recognition

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) in the Canadian Construction Industry


The Certificate of Recognition (COR) and the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) is a crucial accreditation within the Canadian construction industry, promoting enhanced safety standards, reducing incidents, and improving worker well-being.

Investing in a digital health and safety management system like Site App Pro can help streamline your COR/SECOR certification by centralizing documentation, enabling real-time monitoring, managing training and compliance, facilitating hazard identification, supporting corrective actions, and so much more.

By adopting Site App Pro, you’ll help your organization to achieve and maintain your COR/SECOR certification efficiently, which will result in a safer work environment.

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NOTE: COR® must be granted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction in each of the provinces/territories you work.

A straightforward process is available to companies that have achieved COR® and would like to request equivalency/reciprocity in another jurisdiction.

List of Authorities per Jurisdiction


What is a Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR)?

A COR/SECOR is a widely recognized accreditation awarded to employers in the Canadian construction industry who have successfully implemented and maintained an effective health and safety management system. The difference between a COR and SECOR is simply based upon size.

A COR is utilized by larger companies, whilst the SECOR is utilized by companies with 19 or less personnel. To obtain a COR/SECOR, organizations must undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that the organization prioritizes the well-being of their workers by demonstrating a commitment to creating a safe and secure work environment. Although the process can be lengthy and somewhat tedious, the benefits outweigh the exercise by a mile.

Benefits of obtaining a COR

  • Enhanced Safety Standards: When a company acquires a COR/SECOR, it ultimately promotes a culture of safety by being encouraged to implement robust health and safety programs, policies, and procedures.

  • Reduced Workplace Incidents: Organizations effectively identify and address potential hazards, leading to a decrease in workplace incidents and accidents.

  • Improved Workers Well-being: By implementing comprehensive health and safety measures, employers prioritize the physical and mental well-being of their employees, ensuring a healthier work environment.

  • Competitive Advantage: By obtaining a COR/SECOR, it demonstrates a company's commitment to safety, increasing its reputation and competitiveness within the industry.

  • Saving costs: By minimizing workplace accidents, organizations can reduce costs associated with injuries, compensation claims, and potential legal liabilities.

How can a digital health and safety management system help you achieve and maintain your COR/SECOR certification?

A digital health and safety management system can play a crucial role in assisting you with managing your COR/SECOR, by providing organizations with an efficient and effective platform to streamline their health and safety processes.

Here are some ways Site App Pro can assist:

  1. Centralized Documentation: Site App Pro allows organizations to store and manage all relevant health and safety documentation such as;  policies, procedures, training materials, incident reports, and audit records, all within a centralized and easily accessible location. This ensures that all necessary documentation is readily available during the COR/SECOR process

  2. Real-Time Monitoring and Reporting: Organizations can easily track and monitor health and safety performance indicators in real-time via Site App Pro’s dashboard. The system can generate reports and graphs in an instant, to provide helpful insights into key metrics such as incidents, near misses, training completion, and hazard identification. These reports can help identify areas of improvement and demonstrate the organization's commitment to ongoing health and safety management.

  3. Training and Compliance Management: Site App Pro can facilitate the management of employee orientation, training and compliance requirements by monitoring employee participation and document training completion. This ensures that employees receive the necessary training to meet COR requirements and that their training records are up to date.

  4. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: Site App Pro can assist in identifying and assessing workplace hazards by providing tools for conducting risk assessments, documenting control measures, and tracking their implementation. By doing so, it helps organizations systematically address potential hazards and demonstrate their proactive approach to risk management during the COR/SECOR process.

  5. Corrective Action Management: In the event of an incident or non-compliance, Site App Pro can facilitate the management of corrective actions. It can help track and assign tasks, set deadlines, and monitor the progress of corrective actions to ensure timely resolution. This proactive approach to addressing issues demonstrates the organization's commitment to continuous improvement, which is a key aspect of obtaining a COR/SECOR.

  6. Auditing and Document Control: Site App Pro is able to streamline the auditing process by providing you the tools to create the checklists, templates, and workflows you need to pass your COR/SECOR audit. It can help you conduct your COR audit with ready only access to your account for an external auditor. If you're completing a SECOR audit or an internal maintenance audit for COR or SECOR you can create dedicated internal auditor accounts in Site App Pro for your team. Once you’ve completed your COR/SECOR audit you can track findings, and manage corrective actions resulting from audits. Additionally, the system can assist in document control by ensuring the latest versions of policies and procedures are easily accessible.

  7. Communication and Collaboration: Site App Pro promotes effective communication and collaboration among employees, supervisors, and management regarding health and safety matters. It can facilitate the sharing of information, reporting of incidents, and tracking of action items. This fosters a culture of transparency and accountability, which is essential for a COR/SECOR certification.

By adopting Site App Pro, organizations can streamline their processes, improve compliance, and effectively manage the requirements of their COR/SECOR. It enables efficient data management, real-time monitoring, and proactive risk management, ultimately supporting the organization's commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment.

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