All companies must have a functioning Health and Safety Management System (HSMS). It is the framework, put in place by employers, to manage risks, establish controls, and minimize the incidence of injury and illness to their workers. This is accomplished through identifying, assessing, and controlling risks to workers in all workplaces.
Is your organization’s HSMS ready for Certificate of Recognition?
The Certificate of Recognition is a tool used to audit your Health and Safety Management System (HSMS). The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is required for contracts, with both public- and private-sector construction projects in Ontario, to be registered in order for them to qualify for bidding purposes. Employers are able to demonstrate that their health and safety management system has been developed and implemented appropriately to protect all workers. Protecting the health and safety of all workers at all time is the right thing to do. Effective development and maintenance of a health and safety management system is a proactive approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses. A company’s corporate image will be enhanced. It will also show a strong safety culture, which will attract safety-conscious workers.
Components of Certificate of Recognition
Certificate of Recognition (COR) – Has 19 Elements
Thirteen (13) are common elements:
1. Policy Statement
2. Hazard Assessment, Analysis and Control
3. Safe Work Practices
4. Safe Job Procedures
5. Employer Rules
6. Personal Protective Equipment
7. Preventive Maintenance
8. Training and Communication
9. Workplace Inspections
10. Investigations and Reporting
11. Emergency Preparedness
12. Statistics and Records
Six (6) are Supplemental elements;
14. Occupational Health
15. First Aid
16. Health and Safety Representative/Committee
17. Workplace Violence and Harassment
18. Return to Work
19. Management Review
COR certification is valid for 3 years from the date of certification, provided internal maintenance audits are completed in the second and third years.
MCM Safety Management Services Inc. can perform your internal audit, in preparation for an external audit by Infrastructure Health and Safety.