COR Overview

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COR Overview

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes companies who develop and implement health and safety and injury management systems that meet an industry standard. The program rewards employers who take a strategic approach to workplace safety and are committed to reducing both the human and financial costs of workplace injuries. COR certification is offered by WorkSafeBC and delivered through Certifying Partners . The BCCSA is the COR Certifying Partner for employers in the construction industry. To learn more about COR read this info sheet.

Eligibility

Companies in the construction sector , as well as CU’s 704008 and 712033, are automatically eligible to participate in BCCSA’s COR program. Companies outside of the construction industry that are interested in pursuing a BCCSA COR may submit a COR application for review.  Participation will be subject to approval by WorkSafeBC on a case by case basis. 

Benefits of COR

  • Make a strong public statement about a company's commitment to protecting the well being of workers and maintaining a culture of safety on jobsites. A win-win for everyone!
  • Employers who achieve and maintain COR may be eligible to receive up to 15% in annual incentive payment (10% OHS COR; 5% IM/RTW COR) from WorkSafeBC.
  • Over time, with reduced injuries and lower claim costs, a COR company’s experience-rated WorkSafeBC premiums will reflect additional savings.
  • Many general contractors require subcontractors to have a recognized safety program in place as a prequalification to bid on projects. COR meets that requirement.

Read BCCSA COR companies Testimonials.

BCCSA COR Programs

Two COR programs are offered by the BCCSA, each having different program requirements:

  • Small COR: for companies with 19 or less employees
  • Large COR: for companies with 20 or more employees 

COR Certifications in BC

Within each COR program, there are two COR certifications a company can achieve:

  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) COR: recipients are eligible for a 10% incentive payment from WorkSafeBC; and
  • Injury Management / Return to Work (IM/RTW) COR: recipients are eligible for an additional 5% incentive payment from WorkSafeBC.

IM/RTW COR may be earned concurrently with, or subsequent to OHS COR, however it may not be completed as a stand-alone without achieving OHS COR. A company’s IM/RTW COR certificate will be issued with an expiry date that coincides with the company’s OHS COR certificate expiry date.  Important: Effective January 1, 2013, the issuance of any new IM/RTW COR Certifications has been suspended.  To learn more read the Information on IM_RTW COR Certification Freeze .

To learn more about the COR Program, please review the BCCSA’s COR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact us at cor@bccsa.ca or toll free at 1.877.860.3675