Steps to get a COR (11+ Employees)

To be eligible for a COR, employers must demonstrate that they have implemented an effective health and safety management system by conducting and passing an audit using an approved audit instrument. An external auditor approved by Energy Safety Canada conducts the audit using an approved audit protocol.


Develop and implement a health and safety management system that meets provincial standards.
Have an audit completed and achieve a passing mark (80% overall score, with no less than 50% in any one element.)
Have your auditor submit the audit to Energy Safety Canada for a quality assurance review.
A COR will be issued for audits that meet the required standards.


If you have a comprehensive health and safety management system in place, the time required to complete an audit and have it reviewed by Energy Safety Canada could be very short.

However, if you need to develop a health and safety management system, the time required to complete the COR process will be significantly longer. You can make use of Energy Safety Canada's training and in-house expertise and/or contract health and safety professionals to create a health and safety management system

The more engaged you are with the COR auditing process, the more valuable the COR audit will be in improving your health and safety performance.

Standard Audits

  • A review of the Energy Safety Canada Safety Audits and Certifications Outline of Roles and Responsibilities by both the auditor and company prior to starting the audit
  • An on-site pre-audit orientation meeting with the auditor
  • A review of key documents in your health and safety management system as well as a sampling of your records from the past year
  • One-on-one interviews (approximately 35-45 minutes long) that include all levels of management, supervisors and workers.
  • Site visits to confirm the findings in the documentation and interview phase of the audit
  • An on-site post-audit meeting with the auditor
  • A final written report that includes a strength and recommendations to help you improve your health and safety management system after the audit passes a quality assurance review by Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada COR Audit standards have specified timeline requirements. For companies that would like a COR by a particular date, audit timelines and submission dates should be negotiated with the auditor in advance.

Once you have a COR, you need to maintain it annually.


It is possible to receive all the benefits of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program by using your existing corporate audits to achieve COR!

Benefits of the COR Program:

  • Continue your growth as a leader in the industry
  • Increase marketability by adding certifying your Corporate HSE system
  • Annual WCB rebates

Option 2: COR Equivalency: ISO/CSA Certification
Employers certified to meet either the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards for occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems, are eligible to apply to Energy Safety Canada for Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification.

Please note:  British Columbia is currently not participating in the ISO/CSA Equivalency Program.