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With Think Safety Solutions, you can quickly get your Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) or your Certificate of Recognition (COR).
How We Can
With Think Safety Solutions, you can quickly get your Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) or your Certificate of Recognition (COR). These accreditations prove that your business aligns with Canada’s Safety Compliance requirements.
As part of this process, we will guarantee that your safety program is compliant and has all the essential elements to address the requirements of the audit.
We develop a customized safety program that is completely personalized to your company’s needs. The program involves every task that is conducted in your work environment daily to ensure operations are performed efficiently and safely.
10 Elements of COR & SECOR
1. Management Commitment
An effective occupational health and safety program demonstrates effective management leadership, a strong commitment to the program, and a willingness to advance the workplace safety culture.
The audit will measure the level of commitment to health and safety by evaluating:
- an existing, written health and safety policy that clearly states the employer’s aims; the responsibilities of the employer, managers, supervisors, and workers; and mindfulness of these individual responsibilities at all levels of the organization
- a system for liability of health and safety roles and responsibilities. This is often one of the hardest areas for any company – what to do when a treasured employee is not following the system.
- the levels of management and worker involvement in the program
- the levels of knowledge and awareness of legislation suitable to an employee’s needs.
- the provision of adequate resources for HSE
- the level of commitment from senior management toward cultivating the workplace safety culture
Companies with good results in safety have leadership that will not allow a substandard result.
If you do not have a Health and Safety Program, we can help you create one. If you have one, we can help you improve it and make it digitized. Making your safety program accessible at their fingertips, it’s easier for all your workers to buy into the safety program without excuses. It is also a great way to show your workers and everyone that safety is your top priority.
2. Public, Visitors, and Contracted Employers
3. Health and Safety Committees/Health and Safety Representatives
A joint occupational health and safety committee (JOHSC) is mandatory at every workplace and is an essential part of an effective occupational health and safety program. A JOHSC is a main initiator of communication. Such a committee directly interacts with inspections, investigations, and system administration.
The audit will measure the following:
- an effective JOHSC, with palpably defined committee membership, and duties
- committee members’ active participation in health and safety activities
- a process that confirms committee minutes are maintained and communicated, with suggested actions followed up by the employer.
Training is a part of the general theme of communication. All workers need to know how to accomplish their jobs safely and understand their role in sustaining a healthy and safe workplace. Employers must ensure that workers are trained, qualified and skilled to perform their tasks. Sufficient instruction and supervision must also be provided to workers.
The audit will measure whether:
- A system to guarantee that job-specific instructions and training (including job-specific hazards and work procedures and practices) has been communicated to workers.
- Training and instruction are up-to-date, imposed, and followed.
- The system evaluates and ensures that all employees are qualified and are proficiently safely performing their duties.
- For new employees, visitors, and contractors, orientation about emergency procedures, hazard reporting, and health and safety policies and procedures is delivered on time.
The system for keeping track of safety training should be the same as tracking for non-safety training. With TSS, each of your employee’s certifications can be uploaded to their profile. And expiry dates can be easily tracked in case it needs to be renewed. The expiry date has a designated color. Green means the expiry date is beyond six months by the time that the user views it. Amber means the expiry date is within six months by the time that the user views it. Red means that the certification is already expired.
5. Hazard Assessment
A method to recognize and control workplace hazards is important to eradicate, minimize or prevent unsafe or harmful conditions and work procedures. All jobs, equipment, machinery, worker activities, and on-site conditions need to be counted in the hazard recognition process.
The audit will check if the company has implemented:
- a risk rating system to evaluate jobs, equipment, and conditions for potential hazards; this should be done once overall when building the system and then partially any time there is a modification in a job, a piece of equipment, or working conditions.
- a way to control the workplace hazards by
- engineering controls ― appropriate use of controls, and availability of standardized engineering controls
- administrative controls ― having workers follow safe work procedures for perilous jobs, plus management enforcement of these practices
- personal protective equipment (PPE) controls ― including availability, training, and maintenance of PPE (such as gloves) and enforcement of its use whenever appropriate
- a process to communicate the risk assessment and the procedures to workers and guarantee that the controls are used.
Policy or procedure guides supervisors, managers, and workers on their responsibilities regarding process/policy for identifying and evaluating hazards in the workplace.
Job Hazard Assessments – Policy and process for hazard identification and risk assessment that
identifies the tasks within all departments that can be added. Each risk needs to display that it has been evaluated for the occurrence of exposure, potential consequences, and hazard probability. These three provide a risk rating (low-risk, medium-risk, or high-risk and up to multi-point scales). The controls need to use the order of:
- eliminating the hazard
- engineered controls
- administrative controls
6. Hazard Control
7. Inspections and Maintenance
Regular inspection of the sites, equipment, work methods, and work practices must be contained within an effective health and safety program.
The audit checks for the following:
- written instructions that specify:
- the intent of inspections
- who will be inspected (as well as worker representation from the health and safety committee)
- what is to be inspected
- inspection frequency
- records of regular inspections conducted by designated personnel
- a system to ensure that harmful conditions and work procedures are distinguished, reported, corrected, and followed up without delay
- whether appropriate training is given for personnel responsible for inspection
Inspecting is the most overlooked and most important part of the inspection process. The loaded cart with the bent wheel won’t hurt anyone until someone uses it. It won’t even be noticed until it is gotten in use.
With TSS, say goodbye to paper-based inspection because it can be done just by using your mobile phone or tablet. Use the 11 variety of question types to create and update your inspection forms. Check boxes, type information or comments, add photos and sign documents all with the tip of your finger. After inspection, a notification will be seen on the dashboard. In case that something requires corrective action, the assigned deficiency will then receive both notification and email. Everything will now be monitored in real-time.
8. Emergency Response
The purpose of any investigation is to learn from the event and lessen the risk of repetition. Only by carrying out an effective investigation can root causes be revealed, and only by addressing those root causes can actual changes be made. Investigating properly and implementing change is one of the most respectful ways to treat injured and otherwise affected workers.
The audit will measure whether:
- there is a process for the abrupt investigation and reporting of incidents that identifies:
- what to report to WorkSafeBC
- which incidents to investigate
- the intent of the investigation
- the content, distribution, and follow-up of reports
- there is a procedure to classify and record the actions necessary to prevent repetition and to implement and follow up on those actions
- assigned investigating personnel is appropriately trained and informed of the type of work involved
Management’s failure to investigate properly or, worse, failure to follow up on the recommendations from a proper investigation is one of the guaranteed ways to have workers quit the company, fostering lower morale and trust.
10. Program Administration
The maintenance of health and safety records is vital to determine the efficiency of a health and safety program. Reports of inspections and incident investigations are essential to determine incident trends, including their rate of recurrence and severity. Effective communication of the program is necessary to encourage a good safety culture.
The audit will measure the following:
- a health and safety records management system
- the analysis of records and statistics that govern incident trends (rate of recurrence, severity, type, and nature of worker injury)
- efficient communication of the program at all levels
- a system for program evaluation and a strategy to correct deficiencies
Keep records of completed activities like Workers Hired, Safety Meetings, Inspections Completed, Near Misses, Orientations, Hazard Assessments, First Aids, Property Damage, Medical Aids, Lost Time, and Modified Work on your TSS. A numerical tracker can also be effortlessly seen on the dashboard.
If you want more details, a 20-minute demo, or just a quick chat, contact us today. We love talking about safety solutions and always have time to help you succeed.