If the company has ten or fewer employees, at least one employee MUST participate in the Small Employer Program Building course. After completing the required course, the employee returns to his/her company and implements a health and safety program as per the training.
Small Employers will audit themselves submitting a sworn statement to the accruracy of their audit and supporting each question from the audit with documentation to prove the answeres to the questions. A small employer still has the option to hire an External Auditor to complete their audit if they wish. The Alberta Safety Council can provide a list of certified External Auditors to assist in the process.
The completed audit is submitted to the Alberta Safety Council and then sent to an Audit Reviewer for Quality Assurance review. This review insures the auditor has followed the appropriate guidelines and has provided sufficient validation and has conformed to the standards set by Partnerships and the ASC.
When the audit meets the 80% standard set for the COR Certification Audits, and the quality assurance score meets the 80% standard, a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) will be issued to the company. When the company achieves their SECOR, an invoice for the COR Maintenance and the Quality Assurance Review fee will be issued along with the Certificate of Recognition.
The SECOR is typically valid for three years and in the second and third year, a maintenance audit must be submitted to the Alberta Safety Council on or before the anniversary date in order to maintain current SECOR status. Failure to submit an audit every year will result in cancellation of the SECOR.
Small Employers who have completed training are required to retrain once every three years by attending a 1 day refresher workshop to receive updates on the program and ensure the most current copy of the Quality Assurance Manual and the audit tools are in use.