COVID-19:  BCCSA Certificate of Recognition (COR®) Program for 2020

As a COR® Certifying Partner (CP), BCCSA is in regular communications with WorkSafeBC regarding the administration of the COR® Program during this global pandemic.

BCCSA understands the challenges your company is facing in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.  Our COR® team is committed to working with your company to navigate this difficult time and we will continue to provide guidance on your company’s 2020 COR® requirements.

All COR® audits should follow good hygiene practices (i.e. social/physical distancing).   BCCSA understands your company may be scaling back operations, or changing their current work process flows, and as such, auditors will need to be flexible in their ability to conduct site observations and employee interviews. 

The following provides information on COVID-19 as it relates to your company’s 2020 COR® audit and supplements existing BCCSA COR® Program information.  Additional information on the BCCSA’s COR® Program can be found on our website, including our COR® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and COR® Policies and Procedures

1. How should our company proceed with COR® auditing requirements for the 2020 calendar year?

For information on your company’s 2020 COR® requirements, please click on the link below that is applicable to your company:

2. Does BCCSA have any COVID-19 related resources our company can access? 

BCCSA has developed an extensive library of resources to support companies in this challenging time. Please visit www.bccsa.ca.

3. What options are available to our company’s COR® auditor for conducting employee interviews? 

While BCCSA’s COR® audit standard sets out the requirement for in-person interviews, alternate means for conducting interviews to ensure social/physical distancing will be accepted (and is encouraged) by the BCCSA for 2020 COR® audits. 

Acceptable alternate means include the use of technology to conduct video interviews - there are several platforms for hosting video conferencing/video calls.  Your company can explore options with the COR® auditor with the provision that any alternate means ensures privacy of the interviewee (i.e. responses to interview questions remain confidential) and the auditor is able to see the interviewee during the interview (to prevent reading from a script).   Where alternate means are used for your company’s 2020 audit, the auditor must reference the alternate means in the Executive Summary Report of the company’s 2020 COR® audit report.   

4. Will our company still receive a printed COR® Certificate? 

While the normal process is for BCCSA to mail a hard copy of your company’s COR® Certificate (following successful COR® Certification/Recertification), WorkSafeBC has suspended the issuance of printed certificates at this time. 

Rest assured, COR® Certificate numbers are still being generated.  BCCSA will send your company’s certificate information (i.e. certificate number and expiry date) at the conclusion of our normal COR® audit Quality Assurance (QA) activities.   Your company’s COR® certificate details are also available on WorkSafeBC’s website

Both sources of certificate information should fulfill any requirement to provide proof of COR® certification when bidding for work.

5. Our company has a safety question, who can we call?

BCCSA’s Regional Safety Advisors are available to assist contractors who have safety questions or concerns, are looking to develop safety programs and materials, or want to prepare for COR™ (Certificate of Recognition). These services are available at no cost to all construction (sector 72) employers and select aggregate and ready-mixed employers. Serving contractors in the Lower Mainland, Northern BC, Southern Interior, and Vancouver Island, each Regional Safety Advisor offers extensive knowledge of and experience in construction industry health and safety and will focus on providing straightforward and practical assistance to all types and sizes of construction companies where meeting safety goals can sometimes be challenging.

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