Friday June 24, 2016 

 

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Is It Safe?

COR program pays off for employers and workers

Lennea Durant, AgSafeBC

 

 

gSafe offers a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for large and small employers in British Columbia’s agriculture industry.

As a COR program certifying partner, AgSafe’s safety consultants work with employers to help them successfully implement a safety management system that meets the COR program audit standards in health and safety, or injury management.

“Employers who have a Certificate of Recognition and have implemented a solid workplace safety program are not only reducing their WCB costs, they have made the care and safety of their employers a priority, which has far reaching benefits with regards to hiring skilled employees and obtaining contracts,” AgSafe Executive Director, Wendy Bennett.

Employers that successfully implement a safety management system and meet the audit standards can earn COR certification and become eligible to receive an incentive payment from WorkSafeBC.

COR certifications are valid for three years and employers must conduct annual maintenance audits to keep their Certificate of Recognition valid and continue to be considered for an incentive payment. AgSafe provides modified audit standards for small employers and training for internal employees to perform audits.

“Once we started implementing a robust safety program, employees started to show pride in their workplace and appreciated being in a safe and clean environment.  Morale went up as they worked towards COR certification. People become proud of what they’ve done…they get involved in Health and Safety Committees, they get to have a say and input into what goes on,” said Terri Scambler, Randhawa Farms’ Quality Assurance Manager.

An active agriculture health and safety program helps ensure workers and workplaces are safe and secure from injury, illness and disease. COR certification reflects the value an employer has for their workers and their commitment to ensuring worker safety.

COR is a natural extension of your existing health and safety program and there is no cost to participate in the program.

To register for the AgSafe COR program call 1-877-533-1789 or register online at www.AgSafeBC.ca.

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