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Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and COR

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:55pm

University celebrates achievement in health and safety

The University of Calgary has demonstrated its commitment to health and safety by achieving a COR (Certificate of Recognition) safety designation issued by the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

The COR designation recognizes that the University of Calgary’s occupational health and safety management system has been evaluated by an external auditor and meets or exceeds established standards.

COR is a three year certification. In order to maintain this certification, an action plan will be developed and two more internal health and safety audits will be conducted before the next external audit in 2017.

To celebrate this achievement, all students, faculty and staff are invited to the presentation of the COR to President Cannon at the Dining Centre (Blue Room) on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP at https://ucalgary.ca/safety/rsvp_cor.

What is the Certificate of Recognition (COR) Audit?

The University of Calgary’s participates in the Alberta Partnerships in Injury Reduction program which recognizes employers who have developed and implemented an occupational health and safety management system that meets established standards of excellence.  A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who have developed a management system that has met established standards. A Certificate of Recognition is awarded if a score of over 80% is achieved for the overall institution. 

 

 

 

 

What is the value to the University?

  • Assesses level of EH&S integration into the organization; highlights areas of strength and weakness.  This will results in fewer incidents, less lost time, and reduced costs.
  • Achieving COR includes financial incentives through WCB.
  • Helps demonstrate the university’s environment as leading-edge for research and learning and better prepares students for the safety standards of industry before leaving university.

What is the process? What will it mean to you and your Faculty/Department?

  • Interviews with certain personnel, document review (e.g., training records) and work observation.
  • Any position in any faculty or department could be selected; participation is mandatory.
  • Results per faculty / business division with an institutional roll-up.  Results to Board of Governors.

COR is a three year certification. In order to maintain this certification, an action plan will be developed and two more internal health and safety audits will be conducted before the next external audit in 2017.

Each faculty / business division will be audited within a 3-year cycle.

What support and resources are in place?

In preparation for the COR Audit, responsibilities checklists have been developed for all staff.  This includes links to extensive web-based information resources.  The EH&S team has resources embedded within various faculties on campus, specialists in key technical areas.