To COR, or not to COR…

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION (COR) is a registered Trademark of the Alberta Construction Safety Association)

If you read our blog from October of last year, you know that practical data science is our jam!

We have done a lot of research and are very excited to share some of our results with you. Our goal is to make sure that you are not only educated, but also entertained. January is always full of goals – trust us, we are more likely to commit to this one than the diets we are all on right now…

Just so you have some background, previous leading research by the University of British Columbia (UBC) Partnership for Work, Health and Safety was the first to study the effectiveness of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in injury reduction across several industries. We don’t want to bore you with all of the details, but this study covered the construction, forestry, oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries in BC and Alberta.

The latest study done in BC revealed that COR-certified firms experienced, on average, an 11% decrease in the serious injury rate between 2003 and 2016 compared to their non-certified peers. The effect of COR program was more pronounced in some industries where it resulted in a serious injury rate reduction as high as 37%.

Inspired by UBC’s findings and motivated to shed more light on the potential effectiveness of the COR program, EHS Analytics partnered with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) to delve into the data specifically in the Saskatchewan Construction industry. We were curious to discover what would come out of an analysis of the COR™ program and the effectiveness of it on small, medium and large companies in this industry.

In a series of blog posts to come, we will discuss our findings looking at a wide spectrum of COR™ outcomes…

Using the COR audit results and WCB claims data provided by SCSA, we studied the effectiveness of the COR program in three subsectors of Saskatchewan construction industry: trades, residential, and commercial/industrial.

In a series of blog posts to come, we will discuss our findings looking at a wide spectrum of COR outcomes using the following questions for guidance:

  • To what extent can COR help reduce injury rates?
  • What businesses benefit the most from COR?
  • Is COR associated with a safety ROI?
  • How can COR help firms in their transition to growth?
  • Are there certain elements of COR that drive safety culture?
  • Are there certain elements in the COR audit questionnaire that can form the basis of safety leading indicators?

Now that we have you on the edge of your seats, be sure to stay tuned to see our results!