VICTORI — The Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) recently announced it has hit a significant milestone with attainment of over 10,000 active Certificate of Recognition (COR®) certified firms across the nation.
The COR program is promoted and regulated by CFCSA and is recognized as the national standard for an occupational health and safety management system in the Canadian construction industry.
“The achievement of this milestone demonstrates the commitment of employers, employees and safety professionals across the country to maintaining an accredited standard of safety within their organizations,” a CFCSA release said.
COR certification involves evaluation of an organization’s health and safety management system, including hazard identification, risk assessment and effective control measures. The release stated that firms holding COR accreditation experienced an average of 18 per cent lower injury rates compared to non-certified firms.
“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. As a result, workplaces across the country have become safer, and the lives and health of workers have been significantly improved,” the release said.
CFCSA is an umbrella organization of provincial and territorial construction safety associations. The 13 members are:
- Alberta Construction Safety Association
- ASP Construction – Quebec
- BC Construction Safety Alliance
- Construction Safety Association of Manitoba
- Construction Safety Nova Scotia
- Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan
- Infrastructure Health & Safety Association
- Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
- New Brunswick Construction Safety Association
- Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Safety Association
- Northern Safety Association
- Northern Safety Network Yukon
- Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association