Certificate or Recognition

COR® 2020-certified firms can now apply for recognition and financial rewards through the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers (SOSE) program

Implementing COR® is a big achievement for any company. The occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard is proven to help make workplaces safer. Now, it can also help businesses earn recognition and financial rewards.

As part of the Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers (SOSE) program, a voluntary initiative administered by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development (MLITSD), firms that implement an accredited OHSMS standard are eligible to apply for formal recognition by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)—and then potential rebates from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

IHSA’s COR® 2020 is among the small number of OHSMS standards to be accredited by the CPO. As such, companies that are COR® 2020-certified can apply for formal CPO recognition through SOSE, provided they have:

  • Been audited by a registered lead auditor within 12 months prior to submitting an application for CPO recognition
  • Developed an approved action plan to correct any issues identified by the audit
  • A subsequent third-party audit validating that outstanding issues have been corrected.

Businesses currently working toward achieving COR® 2020 or transitioning from COR® 2015 are eligible to apply for CPO recognition once they become COR® 2020-certified.

After gaining CPO recognition, firms may then qualify for Ontario Safe Employers rebates from the WSIB for up to three consecutive years.

IHSA can help COR® 2020-certified companies apply for CPO recognition by reviewing their SOSE Action Plan, setting out the objectives and milestones intended to close any gaps identified by the COR® external audit and achieve 100% compliance.

By implementing COR® 2020, and then working toward recognition and rewards through SOSE, business can demonstrate their commitment to health and safety—and truly going above and beyond to protect Ontario workers.

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