The Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) program encourages the development of effective workplace health, safety and disability management programs in Alberta. The program offers Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) premium incentives to employers who reduce their claim costs below predicted targets. Employers must meet specified standards for health and safety outlined by Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry.
Companies entering the PIR program work towards attaining a Certificate of Recognition (COR). A COR indicates that an employer has implemented a health and safety program that meets the standards established by their Certifying Partner and Employment and Immigration Partnerships Program.
What is COR?
- COR is a Certificate of Recognition indicating the employer has implemented a health and safety program that is compliant with the standards established by their Certifying Partner and Alberta Employment and Immigration Partnership Program
- The Alberta Safety Council (ASC) is a Certifying Partner for all industries but specifically to those employers who do not have an established health and safety association.
Why Should an employer become involved in the COR Program
- To create the safest possible working environment for all employees.
- To prevent injuries, loss time, and property damage.
- To recognize cost savings through WCB rebates and discounts.
- To be eligible to bid on certain contracts because they hold or are actively pursuing a COR.
What is the process involved in getting COR?
- It is mandatory that at least one employee from the company participates in the Large Employer Program Building or if the company has 10 or fewer employees, at least one employee must participate in the Small Employer Program Building course.
- Employee returns to their company and implements a health and safety program as per training.
- The company would then have an audit completed.
- For Large Employers, an outside auditor completes an external audit within the company. It is the responsibilty of the company to hire the External Auditor. The ASC provides a list of certified External Auditors to assist in the process on this site.
- For Small Employers the individual who participated in the Small Employers Program Building course must complete the audit.
- Completed audit is submitted to the ASC and then sent to an Audit Reviewer for Quality Assurance review. This review ensures the auditor has followed the appropriate guidelines and has conformed to the standards set by Partnerships and the ASC.
- When the audit score meets the 80% set for COR Certification Audits, and the quality assurance score meets the 80% standard, a Certificate of Recognition will be issued to the company. When the company achieves their COR, an invoice for the COR Maintenance and the Quality Assurance Review fee will be issued along with the Certificate of Recognition.
- The COR is valid for 3 years and a company must submit an audit every year in order to maintain their certification. In the 2nd and 3rd year of a 3 year cycle, an Internal Audit is conducted. The Internal Audit can be completed by an External Auditor or by an employee of the company after they have participated in the Internal Auditor Training course.
- Maintenance audits must be submitted to the ASC on or before the anniversary date in order to maintain current COR status.
What fees are involved in the COR Program?
- Program Building or Small Employer Program Building training fee.
- Quality Assurance Review fee.
- COR maintenance fee.
- The Alberta Safety Council Memebership fee (optional)