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COR™ & SECOR™ Audit Requirements

Audits provide an assessment of the state of an organization's safety program, identifying specific areas where improvements to the system can be made.

These audits can also support a company that is ready to be independently audited to achieve COR™ Certification within the program mandate.

To maintain COR™ Certification each year, companies much achieve a minimum 50 per cent in each element of the audit and minimum 80 per cent overall. Presently, the program is monitored by both internal audits and independent audits. The yearly structure of COR™ audits is as follows:

Company Self-Audit CSAM Internal Audit Independent Audit
Initial COR™ certification Yes Yes Yes
Years two and three Yes Yes No
Year four (start over) Yes Yes Yes

COR™/SECOR™ Certification requirements and costs

Detailed Audit Schedule

First Year

The company must complete accreditation and pass an internal audit by the CSAM in addition to independent audit appointed by the CSAM. The firm will then be recommended to the Workplace Safety and Health Branch (WSH) for certification recognition and to the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) for assessment review.

Second Year

On the anniversary date of the company certification, an internal audit by CSAM will be completed to verify with the WCB and WSH and ensure safety status is being maintained.

Third Year

The same process as the second year is used.

Fourth Year

The company will require an internal and independent audit on their anniversary date of the fourth year to confirm the status quo of their safety program. Independent auditing suggested for the fourth year because of possible personnel changes within the company, and also to double-check the internal audit program to ensure it supports and maintains standards set out by the CSAM.

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Accreditation & Certification

A company may apply for COR™ certification upon successfully completing and passing a CSAM internal audit. The independent audit must be conducted by credited safety personnel whose credentials are approved by CSAM, but who are completely out of scope for the CSAM program. The company must pass this audit to receive a Certificate of Recognition and COR™ status.

Audit Fees

An independent safety audit requires a fee each year. This annual fee offsets independent audit costs for accreditation, with the balance of the costs being absorbed within the current CSAM operating budget. Note: All internal audit costs performed prior to the independent audit will still be absorbed from within the CSAM existing program budget.

Letter of Good Standing

A Letter of Good Standing is issued annually to validate the COR™ Certificate and ensure all standards are met. COR™ Certificates and privileges associated with the COR™ program are dependent on performance and will be revoked by CSAM if required standards are not maintained, as per CSAM Quality Assurance Program for Audits.

Registered Auditor

A CSAM Registered Auditor must submit a company self-audit. The CSAM Principles of Safety Management training encourages each company to tailor their safety program to suit their operations. The CSAM Registered Auditor status ensures all audits received by the CSAM are accompanied by the required supporting documentation and information:

  • Completion of the application for Registered Auditor
  • Verification of attendance in Principles of Safety Management/Simplified Safety & Safety Auditor Training
  • Submission of a completed audit instrument and required supporting documentation
  • Submission of a corrective action plan including: corrective action, assignment of responsibility and implementation dates

Individuals who apply for Registered Auditor status must complete the CSAM Principles of Safety Management/Simplified Safety and Safety Auditor training courses. (Equivalent training through other provincial jurisdictions may be given consideration for credit.) A CSAM Registered Auditor Certificate will be issued upon successful evaluation and approval. Registered Auditors must submit a self-audit on an annual basis in order to maintain their status. Please NoteSupporting documentation submitted to the CSAM will be retained on file and will not be returned to the company. If you would like more information on becoming a Registered Auditor, please contact safety@constructionsafety.ca. You can also download an application here.

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