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WCB Certificate of Recognition

Park Derochie has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB) and Alberta Human Resources and Employment for our success in the 2003 Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) Program. For details on the program, please see below.

What is PIR?

An excerpt from the WCB brochure entitled "Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) Program": Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) is designed to encourage injury prevention and the development of effective workplace health, safety and disability management systems. PIR is a voluntary program that operates through the combined efforts of the Workers’ Compensation Board - Alberta, Alberta Human Resources and Employment, industry partners, safety associations, employers and labour groups. PIR is also a component of Alberta Human Resources and Employment’s "Partnerships" initiative. This initiative is based on the concept that when employers and workers build effective health and safety systems, the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and illnesses can be reduced.

What is a Certificate of Recognition (COR)?

From the same WCB brochure entitled "Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) Program": A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is essential to WCB’s PIR program and a key component of Alberta Human Resources and Employment’s Partnerships program. The COR is issued to employers who have successfully implemented a basic workplace health and safety management system. The components of a workplace health and safety management system will vary depending on the nature and scope of individual businesses, but to be effective the following elements are considered essential:

  • Company policy and management commitment
  • Worker qualifications, orientation and training
  • Hazard identification
  • Hazard control
  • Ongoing inspections
  • Emergency response
  • Incident investigation
  • Program administration

Once an employer has developed and implemented their workplace health and safety management system, it must be independently audited. Audits are coordinated through a Certifying Partner appropriate to their industry. The Certifying Partner then reviews the audit for compliance with quality standards. If the audit meets all of the standards, the Certifying Partner, in conjunction with Alberta Human Resources and Employment, will issue a COR to the employer. Once a COR has been issued, it is valid for a three year period as long as all maintenance requirements are met. The employer is responsible for completing internal audits for each of the next two years. When the COR expires after three years, another external audit must be conducted to renew the COR.

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