The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) Program is an occupational health and safety certification program for all Yukon employers.
COR is a requirement to bid on many Yukon Government tenders/contracts. For information on the requirements click here.
COR may also be a requirement for Yukon Energy Corporation contracts (click here).
The COR program is designed to:
assist companies in the development and maintenance of a company-wide safety program
introduce standardized training
monitor the safety program through annual audits
Specifically, the COR™ Program helps employers understand the OH&S Act and Regulations, and employer and worker rights and responsibilities. This will help firms avoid liability and ensure due diligence. Through participation in the program, employers and employees will come to recognize that injury prevention must be an integral part of their business conduct and daily working routine.
The COR™ program is a partnership between the Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY) and the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB). The program is administered by the Northern Safety Network Yukon and available to all Yukon employers, from owner/operators to large corporations. Upon completion of the program requirements, a certificate of recognition is issued jointly by the NSNY and the YWCHSB.
Please note: If you already have COR™ Certification from another province, click here for more information.
Certificate of Recognition (COR™) Process
The process to obtain a Certificate of Recognition for companies with ten or more employees is:
The below courses require seven days of training. The same person is not required to take all the courses; however, the auditor must complete PHSM and Auditor training.
Any employees taking the training on behalf of the company must be full-time (regular or permanent) Yukon site employees. See definition below:
An employee is deemed to be full-time (regular or permanent) when he/she is employed in a continuous capacity for the COR company. This individual's name must appear on the company's payroll and be covered by the firm's WCB account.
The training must be held by person(s) who are working full time on the Yukon site operations (i.e.: the company's internal auditor cannot be living/working outside of the Territory, they must be dedicated to the Yukon operations and managing COR/internal audits from Yukon). Please contact NSNY for further information if required.
Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE) - A two-day course designed to help the supervisors understand their health & safety roles and responsibilities. The course covers legislation, inspections, investigations and training (safety meetings, etc.). *See additional information on supervisors below*
Internal Auditor Training - A two-day course designed to help the person responsible for health & safety understand how to measure the effectiveness of the program within the company. NOTE: for certification as a NSNY auditor, a self-audit must be submitted within six months of completing the two-day audit course.An external audit cannot proceed until this requirement has been met.
Return to Work Training (RTW) for Large or Small Business- Participants will explore the legal responsibilities of RTW in this 1 day course. The course will also cover making the case for RTW; the duty to accommodate; choosing the job; RTW plan development; monitoring; adjusting and problem solving; RTW programs, making the connection to ongoing resources and RTW program evaluation. The size of your company/organization determines which RTW course you need to take:
For More information on the implementation of RTW into (SE)COR, please click here.
Have the majority of full-time supervisors (i.e.: 50% or more of the company’s supervisory staff) complete the following COR course:
Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE) - A two-day course designed to help the supervisor understand their health & safety roles and responsibilities. The course covers legislation, inspections, investigations and training (safety meetings, etc.).
Best Practice is that all supervisors take the LSE training, however the current requirement is that 50% or more supervisors hold valid LSE certificates.
A supervisor is anyone who directs work activities over others, and may include workers who self delegate on a daily basis (for example working alone). Supervisors who direct work over new/young workers, and/or who supervise high hazard class work activities should be considered first by the company as to who should attend the Leadership for Safety Excellence course. Senior supervisors/managers are also recommended to be considered first for this training, as they hold a higher responsibility to the health & safety of all workers under their supervision.
Private course bookings are available at the NSNY location or off-site. Contact the Training Coordinator by clicking HERE if you are interested in a private course booking.
STEP 3- Develop/Submit company safety manual
On completion of the required training, you will develop your company health and safety manual and submit it to the NSNY for review. NSNY offers sample policies and template forms to assist you in creating your safety manual, click HERE. If you need additional help developing your manual, please contact NSNY. Once NSNY has reviewed and determined that your company health and safety manual meets the minimum standards for a COR health and safety program, your company will be issued a 180-day Temporary Letter of Certification (TLC) that can be used to meet tender requirements. During this time your company must implement your company health and safety program.
Once your company feels they are ready, arrangements for the certifying external audit must be made. Keep in mind that these arrangements can take from two to four weeks depending on audit load, availability of auditors, work season activities, etc. Please note that there is a cost associated with undergoing your external audit, and is a seperate agreement made between the company being audited and the auditor.
Click here for more information on COR/SECOR Audits.
STEP 4- Undergo an External Audit
The external audit should take approximately 2 to 5 days to complete, for a company with up to 30 employees, depending on location of the active work site(s) in relation to Whitehorse. Once the audit is completed and the close out meeting (between the auditor and the company) has been held, the audit document must be forwarded by the company to the NSNY for review.
The NSNY forwards a request for certification to the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board for issuance of the Certificate of Recognition. The whole process for audit review could take six to eight weeks to complete.