Safety certification program for B.C. tourism/hospitality employers

VANCOUVER — B.C. tourism and hospitality employers with fewer than 20 employees can now participate in the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) that is specifically designed for them, it was announced Jan. 27.

VANCOUVER — B.C. tourism and hospitality employers with fewer than 20 employees can now participate in the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) that is specifically designed for them, it was announced Jan. 27.

B.C.’s tourism human resource association, go2HR, launched the Small Employer COR (SECOR) Program at its Occupational Health and Safety Breakfast on Jan. 26.

The COR Program is an occupational health and safety audit, certification and incentive program rewarding employers that go beyond the legal requirements by taking the ‘best practice’ approach to health and safety in the workplace. go2HR is the certifying partner responsible for coordinating the program and supporting participating employers in the B.C. tourism and hospitality industry. Participation in the COR program is voluntary.

SECOR offers similar benefits that large businesses enjoy, but with a slightly different process and audit tool that takes into account the size of the operation in order to increase small employers’ success. Employers who successfully achieve the SECOR certification are eligible for an annual financial incentive of 10 per cent of their base WorkSafeBC premiums, with the minimum eligible incentive being the lesser of $500 or 50 per cent of their actual premiums paid.

Through SECOR, small employers will develop a safety management program that keeps their employees safe, helps with recruitment and retention, and minimizes the potential costs of workplace accidents and injuries.