What Are the Main Components of a COR Program?


The number of elements in a COR program differs from 8 in some Canadian provinces to up to 19 in others, but in general, all COR programs are focused on 6 major areas.

COR programs are focused on the following areas:

  • Management commitment: This involves a clear demonstration of support and commitment to workplace safety from senior management, and the establishment of policies and procedures to support a culture of safety.
  • Hazard identification and assessment: This involves identifying and assessing workplace hazards and developing strategies to control or eliminate these hazards. 
  • Safe work procedures: This involves the development of safe work procedures for all work activities, and the training of workers in these procedures. 
  • Training and education: This involves providing workers with the training and education necessary to perform their jobs safely, including training on hazard identification, safe work procedures, and emergency response procedures. 
  • Incident investigation and reporting: This involves developing a system for investigating and reporting workplace incidents and using this information to identify and address root causes. 
  • Ongoing program evaluation: This involves regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program and making changes as necessary to continuously improve workplace safety. 


These areas combined are what makes COR a leading certification program for any employer concerned with minimizing risk and improving operational efficiency.

Learn more about COR and find a local COR Canada health and safety association to help you get started on the journey to certification. 

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