Safety and COR™
There are many words associated with safety right now, and COR™ is a big one! COR™ or The Certificate of Recognition Program (COR™) is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety & health program which meets national standards. The objectives of COR™ are to provide industry employers with an effective safety and health management system to reduce incidents, accidents and injuries as well as their associated human and financial costs. *
As a small company that is heavily involved with the safety of each of our clients worksites, we decided to not only meet COR™ expectations, but to exceed them. Much of what we were already doing met the requirements, the biggest hurdle for us was, and still is, the paperwork. After all, Who likes to do paperwork? Certainly, Not I! Deciding to undertake this program was the easy part. Hiring a consultant, going through the paperwork and the frustration of making the program fit our service based company, was an enormous challenge. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on training, equipment, inspections, more training and paperwork, we have done it. Not only did we meet their expectations, we achieved the highest SECOR score across the entire Province of Manitoba. In addition, we are the first non-contract company in Manitoba to complete the program. After this year first year, we worked as though we had already achieved the full COR™ certification. Now as we enter our third year and our first full review audit I feel more confident. We probably won’t score 99%, but our goal is to be constantly improving and for everyone to go home safe at the end of each day.
I complained a bit about the cost, and the time, and the paperwork, but in the end it was worth it, because being COR certified is the strongest way we can show our clients that we are not only committed to safety, but we are committed to them.
I will keep you posted about our results from our audit this year.
Until next week
*(from CSAM’s website: http://www.constructionsafety.ca/cor/index.htm