University of Calgary

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and COR

Submitted by dlwiwcha on Fri, 2013-02-08 15:22.

University participates in health and safety audit

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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.

In April through June, a certified external auditor will assess the University’s occupational health and safety management system against established standards.  A Certificate of Recognition is awarded if a score of over 80% is achieved for the overall institution.  

  • 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.
  • 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.

In later April, the schedule and list of individuals to be interviewed and faculties will be communicated.  EH&S will work with administrative staff in each department / faculty to coordinate meetings.

This will begin an annual audit cycle.  Each faculty / business division will be audited within a 3-year cycle.

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.