A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs for their workplace. They are issued by the Alberta Government and co-signed by Certifying Partners like the CCSA. Programs include:

  • Health and safety management
  • Hazard assessment
  • Incident investigation

A COR is valid for three years, provided the employer maintains partnership requirements, and is necessary for receiving Partnership in Injury Reduction (PIR) status.

Workplace injury reduction programs are now coordinated through the CCSA. They are reviewed for compliance of quality standards, and if they are met, the CCSA together with the Alberta Government issue a COR.

Benefits of succeeding in the COR/PIR programs include:

  • Improved worker productivity
  • Minimized potential costs from  incidents
  • Improved employee well-being and job satisfaction
  • Lower Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) premiums
    • First time COR holders receive minimum 10 percent rebate

When an organization achieves a COR, the WCB is able to offer financial incentives through its PIR program. The PIR program recognizes facilities that value employee safety, and offer financial incentives as encouragement. These incentives are available as long as the COR is maintained.

To receive a COR, employers must:

  • Register for the PIR program
  • Develop health and safety programs that meet established standards which include:
    • Management commitment
    • Hazard identification and assessment
    • Hazard control
    • Worker training
    • Workplace inspections
    • Emergency response training
    • Program administration
    • Incident investigation
  • Confer with Certifying Partner like CCSA for consultation on going forward with COR
  • Contact the CCSA to register for health and safety training courses in Alberta.

Certifying Partner

Under Partnerships, the CCSA serves as the Certifying Partner for the continuing care indusry. In this capacity, the CCSA:
  • Promotes involvement of employers, associations, contractors, organizations and others in Partnerships
  • Assists employers with the development, implementation and evaluation of health and safety programs appropriate to their needs
  • Provides ongoing collaboration among stakeholders, including sharing of information and expertise surrounding best practices
  • Heightens awareness of the importance of workplace health and safety to employers and worker representatives
  • Monitors and disseminates government occupational health and safety legislation and policies which impact CCSA members and associate members.

**For Auditor information, click here.

For more information about COR, visit the GetCORSafe website.

Here are some further resources from WCB to help guide you through the PIR/COR process.