Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition
The Certificate of Recognition training is designed to help an employer understand and commit to health and safety programs, while also allowing a designated full-time employee to become the company’s internal auditor.
The Ministry of Highways has reviewed and approved the Saskatchewan Trucking Association's Certificate of Recognition Program and has updated its standard specification to approve the Saskatchewan Trucking Association as a Certifying Body.
Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition
A Certificate of Recognition (CoR) is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet standards established by the Government of Saskatchewan.
In conjunction with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and Mission Zero, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association is working to implement a trucking industry-specific Certificate of Recognition program within the province.
The Principles of Certificate of Recognition:
- Culture of Safety
- Risk Assessment
- Hazard Control
- Loss Prevention
- Incident Investigations
CoR is an optional program that an organization chooses to invest in, to increase workplace safety. Due to this, there are no punitive results arising from poor audit performance.
What’s involved in Certification?
Mandatory courses that must be completed (in order of completion) include:
- Health and Safety System Building | 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. After obtaining a successful internal audit, the employer is issued the Trucking Specific Certificate of Recognition. The employer is required to conduct and complete annual internal audits for each of the next two years, as well as an external audit in year three, to maintain the Certificate of Recognition.
Benefits of Becoming Certified
- Demonstrated development of a health and safety management system.
- An understanding of the audit process, with audit criteria connecting companies to a nationwide network of health and safety excellence.
- Firms that are registered in the Certificate of Recognition program may qualify ahead of others for certain jobs.
- Reduction in workplace injuries and illnesses.
See How Reduced Injury Claims Help Lower WCB Premiums
WCB rates for trucking companies vary based on claim history. The more injury claims you make, the higher your rates. Obtaining a Certificate of Recognition is one way to lower your costs, as this training helps you reduce job-related injuries. In fact, depending on the size of your payroll, the cost of certification can be paid for quickly with your WCB savings.
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 audit of the company’s Health and Safety Program.
- 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:
- Trained through the Saskatchewan Trucking Association as an “internal auditor”.
- 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.
Year 1. An STA-approved third-party auditor validates that the workplace meets the Certificate of Recognition standard.
Year 2 & 3. The workplace completes and submits an internal audit to validate that they continue to meet the standard.
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
This course is the first step to achieving your Trucking Industry Certificate of Recognition (CoR) through the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and endorsed by WorkSafe Saskatchewan.
Instructor-Led via Video Conference | Three Days
This course is designed for individuals 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
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