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Step 1

The first thing to do when you have decided that you want to get COR or Secor certified is to look through your WCB paper work and discover your account number and industry code as it relates to the type of work you are doing. All Secor and COR based safety programs are run off your WCB account number and industry numbers so if you don’t have an account with WCB you need to set one up before trying to achieve your COR or Secor.

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Step 2

Now that you have your industry code in front of you, you can check with the long list of certifying partners that you would be able to use in the province you are becoming certified in. There is an exception in British Columbia where you’ll actually have to phone WCB and ask them which certifying partner they would like you to use. In most of the other provinces you are free to choose which ever certifying partner you wish to choose however some certifying partners are specific to the programs they offer and they may not be the right choice for you. [For example AMTA or known as Alberta motor transportation Association only looks after trucking companies and it would be little use if you operated a construction company.
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Step 3

Some of the more common certifying partners are, Enform, the Alberta construction safety Association, the Alberta Association for safety partnerships, and the Alberta motor transportation Association. Enform is generally used in the oilfield but has a unique quality that you can be certified in multiple provinces Enform. The Alberta construction safety Association mainly deals with construction of all types. Some examples are roadbuilding, homebuilding, and heavy equipment operations. The Alberta Association for safety partnerships is an all-purpose one that covers most industries without too many problems. The Alberta motor transport Association deals with trucking companies and oilfield hauling companies and companies that support the transportation industry.
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Step 4

Make some calls and compare dollars to dollars and find the best certifying partner for your purposes. The cost differences are sometimes quite different so it is worth it to call all four of the main certifying partners.
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Step 5

Once you decide on the certifying partner that you’re going to use to get certification then you start to build your safety manual. The best way I find to start building a safety manual is to actually download the audit protocol from the certifying partner. Now you can take the sections in the audit and make sure that the documentation to achieve those questions and answers is located in the appropriate section in your safety manual.
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Step 6

Now comes the hard work, now you sit down and determine the number of jobs and the number of positions that operate within your company structure. Simply put it means mechanics, truck drivers, field technicians, admin the staff, and salesperson. These are all examples of positions within your company and each position will do a variety of different tasks associated with that position. The salesman will drive to different locations, he will fill out paperwork, use computers, fax machines, telephone systems, and filing cabinets. In total you will probably come up with 30 to 40 tasks that different people in your company do at various times.
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Step 7

For each one of these tasks you must complete a JSA for that task. The JSA will describe the general tasks or steps to do a large task. You can probably find examples of JSA’s if you Google it or you can go to my website and fill in an email request and I would be happy to send you a JSA is a sample.
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Step 8

Once you’ve done all your JSA’s for the various tasks that your company does it is now time to do a formal hazard assessment for that task. This is a three column format where in the first column you would write the steps of the task just like in the JSA, you would write in the second column the hazards associated with each step of the task and consequently in the third column you would write the correct way of doing the tasks after the hazards have been mitigated or eliminated with control measures.
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Step 9

Educating the workers is an important part of a safety program and we do this by having monthly safety meetings to educate them on new procedures, any incidents or mishaps that of happen between the last safety meeting and now. This is also a time where the workers bring up any concerns they might have regarding work, safety program, or anything else about safety in general. The scheduling of these meetings is based on the frequency you put in your safety meeting policy. If you state in your safety meeting policy that meetings will be held monthly then you will lose marks on your audit if you do not have meetings monthly. So be careful what you state in your policies as you will be expected to meet the criteria.
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Step 10

Now that the manual is well in its construction process and the workers are educated about its contents it is time to start using the program.
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Step 11

If you’re looking for some sample forms the Alberta construction safety Association has some generic forms on their website under resources. Enform is also a good resource for sample forms on their website.
If you have any questions about the process of getting COR or Secor certified you’re more than welcome to drop me a line at blake@corteksafety.ca and I would be happy to help