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Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and COR

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

The University’s Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) provides the framework for providing, promoting and maintaining a safe work environment at the University of Calgary and meets standards established by the Alberta Government’s Partnerships in Injury Reduction Program. A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who have developed and implemented a management system that has met these established standards. The major elements in the University’s OHSMS that are covered by these standards include:

University Receives Certificate of Recognition (COR) Safety Designation

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 and the first post-secondary institution to earn certificate for entire organization >>>read UToday

What is COR and the COR audit process? What do you need to do?

What is the Certificate of Recognition (COR)?

A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded by the Alberta Partnerships in Injury Reduction program to employers who have developed and implemented a management system that has met established standards.

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 these established standards

What is the value of COR to the University?

  • Assesses level of health and safety 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 the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board (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 COR audit process? What will it mean to you and your Faculty/Department?

COR is a three year certification. In order to maintain this certification each faculty / business division will be audited within a 3-year cycle. Health and safety audits will be conducted annually before the next external audit in 2017.

  • 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.

What do you need to do? What resources are available?

All employees at the University of Calgary have a shared responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. As a part of the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), responsibilities for health and safety have been defined for Employees, Supervisors, Managers, Visitors and Contractors.

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.

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)