Safety is COR at Grace Instrumentation & Controls Ltd. This month, the company became COR-certified after receiving a passing grade following COR’s rigorous audit process.
Certificate of Recognition (COR) is an occupational health and safety standard that verifies a fully implemented health and safety program which meets national standards.
“In other words, COR makes you walk the talk,” said John Donovan, health and safety manager responsible for implimenting COR.
“COR is a complete safety management system,” he said. “It’s hard to do but once it’s done, you’ve got a fully updated system that is easier to manage.”
Donovan has led the initiative at Grace for more than a year to improve the health and safety programs and formalize its procedures.
“COR has become part of our corporate culture,” he said.
Scott Marr, vice-president of operations, said it’s a critical step in the company’s development.
“We saw COR as vital to improving our health and safety programs,” he said. “Now we are looking to ISO 9001 for improving our internal processes and quality programs.”
COR is the only third party safety audit firm recommended by The Ontario General Contractors’ Association. The OGCA notes that more than 100 firms have joined COR with another 300 registered and working towards full registration. In Alberta, more than 10,000 firms have been certified. The OGCA members who have implemented the program report improvements in their accident rate from 30 to 75 per cent.
The COR certification is valid for three years.
Check out www.ihsa.ca/cor for more information.
Kevin Fournier, left, assistant project coordinator and John Donovan, health and safety manager at Grace Instrumentation with the big new COR banner.