Safety Sense Consulting and Training has extensive experience developing, managing and implementing Health and Safety Management Systems (HSMS), allowing your company to achieve or maintain a COR/SECOR while remaining current with changes to Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.

We can assist your company with the preparation and set up of external certification audits and can complete internal maintenance audits or SECOR evaluations as required. Our team is certified to conduct audits with multiple certifying partners for various health and safety associations.

A COR/SECOR certification shows that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards. These standards are established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

To get a COR, your business must first have a health and safety management system in place, and then have it successfully audited through a Certifying Partner.

As A COR certified partner, Safety Sense Consulting can:

  • help you develop a health and safety system

  • provide health and safety training and services

  • coordinate the audit process

  • provide quality assurance

The Difference Between COR & SECOR

The difference between a COR and SECOR is the number of employees the company has during peak times. A SECOR is applicable if you have less than 11 employees (including management), however, if you surpass 10- then you are required to obtain a COR

How to get a COR or SECOR

Step 1. Choose a Certifying Partner

Each province in Western Canada has a number of certifying partners that you can achieve a COR certification through. For example, in Alberta, there are 13 Certifying Partners authorized to administer the COR program to employers. You will need to choose a Certifying Partner that has the right fit for your company and industry. 


Step 2. Implement a health and safety management system
After you choose a Certifying Partner, we can help you develop a health and safety management system that meets the auditing requirements of your certifying partner. Each partnership has a different audit document, so it is important that your manual is built for the certifying partner that you have chosen. 


Step 3. Get an Audit
Once you have a health and safety management system in place and have completed at least 3 months of documentation, you’ll need to have it reviewed. To get an audit:

  • for small employers (SECOR) with less than 10 employees, arrange with your Certifying Partner to conduct a self-assessment.  We can assist with this process as well to make it as painless as possible.

  • for employers with more than 10 employees (COR), arrange with your Certifying Partner to get an external audit.