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:
- 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.
- At least one person on staff has WCB disability management training.
- 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.
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.
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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.