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Certificate of recognition (COR)

The Partners Program, also known as the certificate of recognition (COR), encourages employers to create an occupational health and safety management system that goes beyond the current legal requirements. The voluntary program recognizes employers that are proactive about improving workplace safety, and dedicated to continual improvement.

If you're an employer interested in participating in the certificate of recognition (COR) program, see Program participation.

If you're looking for an employer who is COR-certified, or would like to see if an employer is COR-certified, use our Employer search tool.

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For other inquiries about the COR program, email the Partners Program or call 604.244.6164 or 1.866.644.6164 toll-free in B.C.

Types of COR

Employers earn a certificate of recognition when they implement an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that has successfully passed an audit and met WorkSafeBC's standards.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) COR

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) COR is awarded to employers that implement and maintain an OHSMS that exceeds regulatory requirements. This OHSMS should be comprehensive and based on a "Plan, Do, Check, Act" cycle focused on continual improvement. For more information about the elements of an OHSMS, see Occupational health & safety management systems.
Injury Management/Return-to-Work (RTW) COR The Return-to-Work (RTW) COR certification program remains frozen pending the creation of a new standard, audit tool, and revised auditor training. This means that no new employers will be eligible for a Return-to-work COR. Employers currently RTW-certified can continue participating in the program until further notice. Auditing requirements for these employers remain the same. For more information, contact your certifying partner.

COR benefits

  • Safe and healthy workplace — COR-certified employers demonstrate leadership, commitment to continual improvement, and dedication to worker health and safety. Possessing a certificate of recognition demonstrates to your workers, your industry peers, and the public that you value a workplace that's safe and secure from injury, illness, and disease. This commitment translates into a safer and healthier workforce and work environment, which helps ensure your workers go home safely every day.
  • Competitive advantage — Having a certificate of recognition reflects your commitment to workplace health and safety, which may make it easier to hire and keep workers. It can also give you an advantage when it comes to work contracts. As clients become more socially-conscious and discerning in choosing who to work with, it's important to make the most of every opportunity that will give your company a competitive edge.
  • Financial savings — Achieving a certificate of recognition can also have positive financial impacts. When you maintain a safe and healthy workplace with few worker injuries and shorter claims duration, your company's WorkSafeBC experience rating will improve. This will eventually lead to a discount on your WorkSafeBC premiums, which can result in significant savings.

As part of the COR program, employers whose occupational health and safety management systems have passed an audit and are in good standing with WorkSafeBC are considered for financial incentives. Incentive payments are calculated using your company's assessable payroll and the base rate for your classification unit (CU) for the incentive year.

For more information about incentives, see Incentives. If you have questions about the CU your company belongs to or assessments in general, visit our Insurance section.