CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PROGRAMSaskatchewan Trucking Association
Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition (COR)
Saskatchewan Trucking Association
A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet standards established by the Government of Saskatchewan. The designation shows that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards.
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is working with the Workers’ Compensation Board and Mission Zero to implement trucking industry specific Certificate of Recognition (COR) program in Saskatchewan.
The principles of COR are:
- Culture of Safety
- Risk Assessment
- Hazard Control
- and Incident Investigations
It is an optional program and an organization chooses to invest for their employee’s safety and the safety of others. The process of building, refining and using a safety program is designed to build a culture of safety and responsibility.
What’s involved in COR Certification
A designated full-time permanent employee must take prescribed training offered by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA). The training is conducted to help the employer understand and commit to the program, and for the full-time employee to become the companies designated Internal Auditor. Mandatory courses that must be successfully completed include.
- Health and Safety System Building (HSSB) | 3 days
- Fundamentals of Auditing | 2 days
- COR Auditor | 2 days
Once the training is complete, the employer is required to conduct an internal audit of their HSMS using the STA Certificate of Recognition Audit Tool. The internal audit is reviewed by the STA Quality Assurance department and is then followed up with an external audit completed by STA staff.
Upon successful completion of the internal and external audits, the employer is issued the trucking specific Certificate of Recognition. The employer is required to conduct and successfully complete annual internal audits for each of the next two years using STA Certificate of Recognition Audit Tool and an External Audit on year three to maintain Good Standing and Certificate of Recognition certification.
Benefits of Becoming COR Certified
- By achieving a Certificate of Recognition employers can demonstrate to clients that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits.
- An audit is a comprehensive and detailed review of the employer’s health and safety management system. The audit will typically cover the basic elements of a health and safety management system and will include interviews, documentation review and observation techniques to evaluate how well the employer is able to identify, assess, and control risks to workers.
- The audit criteria utilized by the Certificate of Recognition program are recognized by industries throughout Canada. Your company will be part of a nationwide network participating in and promoting health and safety excellence.
- In a situation where there is a need to demonstrate that you have an active health and safety management system, participation in the Certificate of Recognition program is an asset.
- Firms that are registered in the Certificate of Recognition program may qualify ahead of others for certain jobs. Clients often make a requirement for contractors bidding on jobs in order to be more confident in the contractor’s health and safety performance.
- Effective development and maintenance of a health and safety management system is a proactive approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.
- Corporate image will be enhanced within the industry and community. Commitment to a strong culture of safety will attract safety-conscious workers.
- Providing immediate proof that you have an effective health and safety management system in place will give your organization a competitive advantage. Clients can be assured that you will bring a superior level of health and safety practices to the workplace.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can My Company Become a COR Holder?
The COR is awarded by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and endorsed by Mission Zero WorkSafe Saskatchewan. COR is awarded to employers who have met the standard set out by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA), with their standards being verified by an external/ internal evaluation of the company’s Health and Safety Program.
Mandatory Training and Audit
- Senior management and/or the designated safety professional must attend the STA Health and Safety Program Building (HSSB) Course.
- The designated safety person must also attend Fundamentals of Auditing as well as the COR Auditor Training class.
- Each participant will need the services of an external/internal auditor.
The auditor is:
- Trained through the Saskatchewan Trucking Association as an “internal auditor”
- External auditors are selected from Saskatchewan Trucking Association staff evaluator; or
- Are selected from a group of contract auditors who meet the STA standard for program evaluations.
- Employers will arrange with Saskatchewan Trucking Association a suitable time to have the external evaluation of the company’s Health and Safety Program conducted. When the audit meets all standards, the COR will be issued.
- Once a COR has been issued it is valid for 3 years provided all maintenance requirements are met. (First Year requires an external evaluation next two years require internal evaluations)
How long does it take to go from registration to certification?
The length of time required to obtain a Certificate of Recognition depends upon the state of your existing health and safety management system.
Many employers are currently meeting all the Certificate of Recognition requirements, while others may require several months to successfully implement all elements of the program.
What is a health and safety management system?
A Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) is a 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. The scope and complexity of the management system vary according to the type of workplace and the nature of business.
How long is my certification valid after successfully completing an external audit?
The Trucking Specific Certificate of Recognition certification is valid for three years from the date of certification, provided the employer performs and successfully completes internal maintenance audits in the second and third years and complies with the terms and conditions of the Trucking Specific Certificate of Recognition program. All internal audit results must be approved by STA.
- Year 1. A third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the Certificate of Recognition standard.
- Year 2. The workplace completes and submits a Certificate of Recognition self-audit to validate that they continue to meet the standard.
- Year 3. Same as year two.
- Year 4. A third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the Certificate of Recognition standard.
COR PROGRAM INFORMATION
Still have questions?
If you have questions or would like more information on the Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition please contact Nelson Howe.
Manager of Loss Prevention, Program Implementation and Trucking CoR
Phone | 306 566 4459
Audit Registration Form
An audit is a comprehensive and detailed review of the employer’s health and safety management system. The audit will typically cover the basic elements of a health and safety management system and will include interviews, documentation review and observation techniques to evaluate how well the employer is able to identify, assess, and control risks to workers.
The audit criteria utilized by the Certificate of Recognition program are recognized by industries throughout Canada.
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is the leader and voice for truck transport in the province of Saskatchewan. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.