The Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) has announced a significant milestone in occupational health and safety with more than 10,000 active firms achieving Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification across Canada.
The COR program, promoted and regulated by CFCSA, is recognized as the national standard for an occupational safety and health management system in Canadian construction.
“The achievement of this milestone underscores the remarkable progress that the Canadian construction industry has made in embracing safety as a core value. It also emphasizes the determination of firms to prioritize the well-being of their workforce,” the CFCSA said in a news release. “As a result, workplaces across the country have become safer, and the lives and health of workers have been significantly improved.”
The achievement of the 10,000-certification milestone demonstrates the commitment of employers, employees and safety professionals across Canada to maintaining accredited standard of safety within their organizations.
COR certification involves evaluations of an organization’s health and safety management system. It encompasses hazard identification, risk assessment and effective control measures, ensuring that Canadian firms are equipped to handle the unique challenges of the construction industry.
COR reduces injury rates
A key finding of the CFCSA’s commitment to COR certification is that firms holding this accreditation experience an average 18 per cent lower injury rates compared to non-certified firms. This statistic is supported by comprehensive research papers and auditing.
The research has examined the effectiveness of COR certification in enhancing workplace safety and its direct impact on injury rates. The findings underscore the value of investing in COR certification and its substantial contribution to the overall well-being of construction industry workers.
The CFCSA invites firms in construction and related industries to explore the benefits of COR certification and join the more than 10,000 organizations that are committed to health and safety by visiting CFCSA.ca