The process of achieving a Certification of Recognition (COR) is straightforward. With the right tools and help from go2HR®, you and your employees can soon enjoy all the benefits of this worthwhile program.
For more information, contact the go2HR Industry Health & Safety Team.
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE SEVEN STEPS TO EARN COR CERTIFICATION:
Our website has a wealth of information about the COR program, from the benefits to your business, to education, training and resources that help you to prepare for a successful audit and the actual audit tools, to a comprehensive Policies and Procedures Manual.
Explore our website to familiarize yourself with the COR Program.
One of the key steps to becoming COR-certified is to identify an internal COR champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about the COR process.
The COR Internal Auditor is a permanent employee of a company, who completes the auditor training for the purpose of conducting the company’s internal COR Maintenance Audits. In order to achieve and maintain certification for your organization, this individual must complete the COR Internal Auditor training, perform a Student Audit, sign and abide by the Auditor Code of Ethics and maintain their COR Internal Auditor Certification.
Once you have identified the staff member(s) to lead the COR Program for your organization, register them in an upcoming COR Internal Auditor Training course.
If you are registered in the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program and feel ready to proceed towards your COR certification audit, you may choose to schedule a complimentary, on-site Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) program gap analysis session. The consultation is conducted by an OHS specialist with experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of the COR Program. Following the consultation, you will receive a summary report that highlights the key findings and recommendations.
Schedule a complimentary Gap Analysis of your OHS Program.
go2HR provides a number of resources, services and training to support your organization to build, improve and maintain an effective safety management system: The COR Tool Kit is a comprehensive resource helping you to understand the requirements of a COR Audit. It includes:
- An overview of each element of a COR Audit;
- An employer’s guideline providing an in-depth explanation of all audit questions from an employer’s perspective;
- Implementation tips summarizing best practices from COR-certified companies;
- Links to relevant resources such as booklets, videos and websites;
- Training options for companies that would like to provide additional education to their staff;
- Relevant links to the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation; and
- More than 30 appendices (e.g. policies, forms and checklists) you can use or modify to meet your specific needs
OHS Webinars are intended to help tourism and hospitality employers better understand and implement different aspects of their OHS program. Approximately every 3 months, go2HR organizes a complimentary, one-hour webinar looking closely at one element of your OHS program and its link to a COR Audit. Each session will provide you with the opportunity to learn something new, connect with colleagues from different sectors, and ask questions that are relevant to your operation.
OHS Program Fundamentals is online training that helps you and your staff understand the basic elements of an effective health and safety program. Training content is divided into nine sections, each complemented by interactive exercises and quizzes. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
The Health and Safety Resource Library allows you to search for the most relevant resources from go2HR, WorkSafeBC and other sources. You’ll find a variety of free, sector-specific and customizable resources that will assist you in making your workplace healthier and safer. These resources range from OHS program templates, toolkits, forms and checklists, to videos, posters and articles.
go2HR’s Safety Advisory Service is designed to provide the highest possible level of support to all companies involved in COR. go2HR has an in-house OHS specialist with experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of the COR Program, who is available to answer any of your workplace health and safety inquiries and share best practice tips, tools and resources. This service is complimentary to any organizations registered in the COR Program.
Companies seeking to become COR certified must retain a go2HR-certified external auditor to perform their certification audits. Similarly, external auditor are required to conduct recertification audits at the start of each new three year COR audit cycle. Trained and certified by go2HR, with tourism and hospitality industry experience, external auditors are independent consultants selected, contracted and paid for by the company requesting their services. Your external auditor will work closely with you to prepare an audit sampling plan and to help determine the scope of the audit.
Book an External Auditor to perform your COR certification audit.
Upon successful completion of the audit (an overall audit score of 80% or higher), a company is eligible for an incentive cheque in the amount of up to 10% of their annual WorkSafeBC premium. Incentives are paid annually, directly by WorkSafeBC in June or July, and are calculated using the previous year’s base rate and payroll of the certified classification units.
To maintain your COR certification, your organization must complete an annual Maintenance Audit during each of the two years following your certification. Companies have the option to complete the Maintenance Audits using either an External or Internal Auditor who has been trained and certified by go2HR. COR incentives will continue in Years 2 and 3, subject to your organization’s being in a good standing with WorkSafeBC.
The recertification process repeats every three years. After completing the full three-year COR cycle, your company will need to be recertified again by an External Auditor.