Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition

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 company's designated Internal Auditor.

Certificate of Recognition

The Ministry of Highways has reviewed and approved the Saskatchewan Trucking association Certificate of Recognition Program and has updated their standard specification to approve the Saskatchewan Trucking Association as a Certifying Body.

Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition

Saskatchewan Trucking Association

A Certificate of Recognition 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 a trucking industry-specific Certificate of Recognition program in Saskatchewan.

The Principles of Certificate of Recognition:

  • Culture of Safety
  • Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Control
  • Loss Prevention, 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. Since this is voluntary and with exception to loss of a Certificate of Recognition, there are no punitive results arising from poor audit performance.

What’s involved in 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 design and develop required materials and practices as well as successfully establish and maintain the program and certification. 

Mandatory courses that must be successfully completed (in order of completion) include:

  • Health and Safety System Building (HSSB) | 3 days
  • Fundamentals of Auditing | 2 days
  • COR Auditor | 2 days

Upon successful completion of the required training, a certification audit is performed by an STA approved external Auditor. Upon successful completion of the internal audit, 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 and the completion of an External Audit on year three to maintain the Certificate of Recognition.

Benefits of Becoming 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

The Certificate of Recognition is awarded to employers who have met the standard set out by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA).

The Certificate of Recognition is awarded by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and endorsed by WorkSafe Saskatchewan. The Certificate 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 audits of the company’s Health and Safety Program.

Mandatory Training

  • Senior management and/or the designated safety professional must attend the STA Health and Safety Program Building (HSSB) Course.
  • Senior management and/or he designated safety person must also attend Fundamentals of Auditing as well as the CoR Auditor Training class.

The Auditor is:

  1. Trained through the Saskatchewan Trucking Association as an “internal auditor”.
  2. Internal Auditor Certification is only valid for the company the internal auditor was certified with.

Once the Transportation Specific Certificate of Recognition has been issued, it is valid for a period of 3 years, provided all maintenance requirements are met.

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.

The Trucking Specific Certificate of Recognition 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. An STA approved third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the Certificate of Recognition standard.

Year 2. The workplace completes and submits an internal audit to validate that they continue to meet the standard.

Year 3. Same as year two.

Year 4. An STA approved third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the Certificate of Recognition standard.

An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) 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.

Certificate of Recognition Program Information

 

Health and Safety System Building (HSSB)

Certified Professional Safety Coordinator (CTSC), Certified Professional Safety Professional (CTSP), Certificate of Recognition

The Health and Safety System Building HSSB course is the first step to achieving your Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition through the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and endorsed by WorkSafe Saskatchewan.

Instructor-Led via Video Conference | Three Days, In Class

FEE
$750.00
 
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Fundamentals of Auditing

Certified Professional Safety Coordinator (CTSC), Certified Professional Safety Professional (CTSP), Certificate of Recognition

This course provides an introductory overview of the auditing process, auditor ethics and audit techniques.

Instructor-Led via Video Conference | Two Days

FEE
$525.00
 
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CoR Auditor

Certified Professional Safety Coordinator (CTSC), Certified Professional Safety Professional (CTSP), Certificate of Recognition

This course is designed for large employers who have completed the Health and Safety System Building (HSSB) and Fundamentals of Auditing (FOA) course and wish to obtain an Internal COR Auditor Status for their respective employer.

Instructor-Led via Video Conference | Two Days, In Class

FEE
$575.00
 
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Please Note: Information on pages pertaining to our training, including and not limited to course offerings, prices, prerequisites, and conditions, may be subject to change at any time.

Questions?

Nelson Howe, Manager of Loss Prevention, Program Implementation and Trucking Certificate of Recognition
Nelson Howe
Manager of Loss Prevention, Program Implementation and Trucking Certificate of Recognition

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 Certificate of Recognition
p. 306.566.4459
e. nelson@sasktrucking.com
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