2024 COR/SECOR updates

2024 COR updates

Effective January 1, 2024, COR employers are no longer required to have a COR-certified auditor on staff. Instead, employers may choose to use third-party consultant auditors annually for COR maintenance and re-certification years. Auditors must keep up with their certification if they fall under the following scenarios:

  • Conducting COR maintenance (internal) audits for their organization.
  • Participating in the COR Peer Auditor Program.
  • They are an approved ACSA consultant auditor.

As long as one full-time employee, or combination of employees, holds the four minimum required courses and does not fall under any of the scenarios mentioned above, that individual may not have to hold active auditor certification.

Why are we doing this?
The ACSA has recognized the barriers this may have caused our members who wish to use third-party ACSA-approved consultant auditors. This change aims to eliminate the barrier of hiring an auditor in these specific situations, including having an individual employed to maintain annual active auditor certification.

2024 SECOR updates

SECOR Action Plans

Starting 2024, employers who hold SECOR certification may be eligible to perform formal SECOR Action Plans as a maintenance option vs. submitting a full SECOR evaluation for review.

Why are we doing this?

COR members have had the option to perform Action Plans since 2016 and have seen overall success. Action Plans offer members an alternative way to maintain certification. Action plans allow members a way to make their health and safety programs better by implementing suggestions for improvements from their previous evaluations and safety objectives that may be outside of their normal audit scopes. 

Your ACSA is proud to be able to provide this as an option now for SECOR holders. Please refer to our Action Plan process.

First Aid/CPR requirements

First Aid/CPR is removed from the minimum training requirement for SECOR. 

Why are we doing this? 

First Aid is already a requirement under OHS. The SECOR evaluation also has an element dedicated to Emergency Response. This streamlines the evaluation process and removes any potential barriers during submission.

2024 COR Temporary Letter of Certification (TLC) updates

The COR TLC minimum training requirements has been reduced. The two courses required to be eligible to submit a TLC are:

  • Principles of Health and Safety Management (PHSM)
  • Legislation Awareness (LEG)

Why are we doing this?

The purpose of the TLC is to ensure that the members safety management system has the fundamental components to meet COR requirements. Your ACSA want to ensure that members invest their time and resources on items that will have a direct benefit in the process, while maintaining the same level of quality at the end. Successful members who achieve a TLC can then work on the other remaining course requirements within the 6-month window for full COR certification.

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