COR Audits

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to an employer that has demonstrated it has a good health and safety management system in place. The employer demonstrates this by passing an external audit. The COR is valid for 3 years, provided:
  1. Internal (COR Maintenance Audit) is performed in each of the next 2 calendar years. Audit must pass quality assurance review. AMHSA also offers an Action Plan maintenance year option.
  2. At least one person on staff has WCB disability management training.
  3. Employer fulfils its obligation to provide external peer auditors as needed.

Note: If a serious incident or fatality occurs (traumatic incident), Alberta Human Services will conduct a review of the organization’s health and safety management system with the employer and Certifying Partner to determine if the COR is still valid. Alberta Human Services has the authority to revoke a COR. If reworked, the municipality will be required to conduct another external audit and pass.

The COR has an expiry date. The employer must pass another external audit in the expiry year in order to remain eligible for financial incentives. To prevent a lapse in COR status, the external audit must be performed before the expiry date.

All audits must be shared with the municipality audited and submitted to AMHSA.

There may be reasons to conduct health and safety management system audits more frequently. For example, a serious injury or an increase in incidents may signal a weakness in the program that needs to be investigated. Significant changes in operations or personnel may prompt a review of the effectiveness of your system. Also if an audit revealed several weaknesses and an action plan was developed to address the weaknesses, another audit may be warranted once the actions are implemented.

Auditor Training

AMHSA - Municipal Audit Tool

The Municipal Audit Tool was developed to help complete municipal health and safety audits. Once downloaded, ensure your macro security is set to "medium" or "low" (Tools > Macro > Security > Medium or Low). Note that some of the worksheets have been automated, particularly the Audit Tool and Summary Score Sheet. Macros must be enabled for the tool to function properly.

*Note: The Audit Tool is saved in a format compatible with older versions of Excel. If you have a newer version, it may open in Microsoft Excel Viewer rather than Excel. Click "File", then "Open for Editing" to view the Audit Tool in standard Excel.

AMHSA Municipal Audit Tool

Auditor Updates

AMHSA periodically emails an update to auditors. This bi-yearly newsletter contains information regarding auditing changes, FAQ's, suggestions and reminders. To subscribe, please click here. 

Please note that the contact information listed on archived newsletters may not be up to date. For all audit inquiries, please contact Shannon Thomas toll-free at 1 (800) 267-9764 or local (780) 417-3900.

Other Documents

AMHSA Consultant Auditor Contact List 194K PDF

COR Policies and Procedures 2013 245K PDF

Audit Action Plan Template 17K

Auditor Code of Ethics 127K PDF

Executive Report Template
for all audits - internal, external, departmental, auditor qualification/certification
** Updated Aug 2012

Interview Questions
Questions for use during audit interviews. Managers, supervisors, and worker versions. (Optional format)

AMHSA Municipal Health & Safety Audit Tool
Includes tool, summary score sheet, interview summary, tables, tour notes questions, interview questions. Table 1 and examples have been added to the tool.

2010 Quality Assurance Review Form 41K PDF
Partnerships Approved, completed copy provided to auditors

Table 1 - 2010 Audit Sampling Criteria 95K PDF
Excerpt from Audit Tool

Using the Audit Tool in Excel 2007 160K PDF
Instructions on enabling the Audit Tool for use in newer versions of excel