The Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR™) Program is an occupational health and safety certification program for small Yukon employers (less than 10 employees). Aimed at reducing the human and financial costs of workplace accidents and injuries, the SECOR™ Program helps companies develop and maintain company-wide safety programs and introduce standardized safety training.
SECOR™ helps Yukon employers understand territorial occupational health and safety legislation and regulations, including employer and worker rights and responsibilities. Understanding these rights and obligations helps industries avoid liability, while also ensuring regulatory due diligence.
Yukon companies are continuously faced with competitive issues, such as declining markets, intense competition, and escalating operating costs. The SECOR™ Program is a tool companies can use to reduce costs, improve profitability, and further professionalize their industry.
The SECOR™ Program is offered in partnership between Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY) and the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB). The program is administered by the NSNY and is available to all Yukon employers with less than 10 employees.
Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR™) Process
The below courses require 4.5 days of training. The company owner/senior manager should be the person taking the training, however if this is not possible then the employee taking the training on behalf of the company must be full time (regular or permanent) Yukon site employee. An employee is deemed to be full-time (regular or permanent) when he/she is employed in a continuous capacity for the COR company. This individual's name must appear on the company's payroll and be covered by the firm's WCB account.
The training must be held by person(s) who are working full time on the Yukon site operations (i.e. the company's internal auditor cannot be living/working outside of the Territory, they must be dedicated to the Yukon operations and managing COR/internal audits from Yukon). Please contact NSNY for further information if required.
- Principles of Health & Safety Management (PHSM)- A one-day course designed to help the company develop and implement a health & safety program.
- Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE)- A two-day course designed to help the supervisors understand their health & safety roles and responsibilities. The course covers legislation, inspections, investigations and training (safety meetings, etc.). Note: See additional information on supervisors below.
- Basics of Worker's Compensation and Intro to RTW- A half-day course which looks at the history of workers’ compensation, introduces the concept of RTW and its Importance, and provides the legal and policy frameworks that guide and support RTW. Note: the Basics of Worker's Compensation and Intro to RTW course must be taken as a pre-requisite to the Large and Small Business RTW training. NSNY also offers a 2 hour refresher RTW course for all participants looking to re-certify once their training has expired.
- Return to Work Training (RTW) for Small Business- A one-day course designed for Yukon workplaces with less than 20 employees. Participants will explore the legal responsibilities of RTW unique to workplaces with less than 20 employees. The course will also cover making the case for RTW; the duty to accommodate; choosing the job; RTW plan development; monitoring; adjusting and problem solving; RTW programs, making the connection to ongoing resources and RTW program evaluation
For More information on the implementation of RTW into COR™/SECOR™, please see this letter to employers.
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Best Practice is that all supervisors take the LSE training, however the current requirement is that 50% or more supervisors hold valid LSE certificates.
A supervisor is anyone who directs work activities over others, and may include workers who self delegate on a daily basis (for example working alone). Supervisors who direct work over new/young workers, and/or who supervise high hazard class work activities should be considered first by the company as to who should attend the Leadership for Safety Excellence course. Senior supervisors/managers are also recommended to be considered first for this training, as they hold a higher responsibility to the health & safety of all workers under their supervision.
Private course bookings are available at the NSNY location or off-site. Contact the Training Coordinator if you are interested in a private course booking.
On completion of the required training, you will develop your company health and safety manual and submit it to NSNY for review. NSNY offers sample policies and template forms to assist you in creating your safety manual. If you need additional help developing your manual, please contact us. Once NSNY has reviewed and determined that your company health and safety manual meets the minimum standards for a COR health and safety program, your company will be issued a 180-day Temporary Letter of Certification (TLC) that can be used to meet tender requirements. During this time your company must implement your company health and safety program.
Once your company feels they are ready, arrangements for the certifying external audit must be made. Keep in mind that these arrangements can take from two to four weeks depending on audit load, availability of auditors, work season activities, etc. Please note that there is a cost associated with undergoing your external audit, and is a seperate agreement made between the company being audited and the auditor.
The external audit should take approximately 2 to 5 days to complete, for a company with up to 30 employees, depending on location of the active work site(s) in relation to Whitehorse. Once the audit is completed and the close out meeting (between the auditor and the company) has been held, the audit document must be forwarded by the company to NSNY for review.
NSNY forwards a request for certification to the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board for issuance of the Certificate of Recognition. The whole process for audit review could take six to eight weeks to complete.
Maintaining SECOR™ Certification
Once certification is achieved, SECOR™ is maintained by keeping all training certifications valid and through the combined annual documentation review submission and external progress audits. The following maintenance schedules are in place:
Year 1: Certifying External Audit
- The company will submit their health & safety manual for review and approval to the NSNY, complete the required SECOR™ training courses. Once this step has been completed, the company will be issued with a SECOR™ Temporary Letter of Certification (TLC).
- The company will then undergo their certifying external audit.
- Upon successful completion, the company will be issued with a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition. The certificate is valid for 3 years. The date of issue of the certificate becomes the company’s anniversary date.
Years 2-3: Annual Documentation Review Submission - Continuous Improvement
- An annual documentation review must be submitted by the company to the NSNY for review and approval prior to the designated anniversary date for year 2 and 3.
- Upon approval by the NSNY of the annual documentation submission, the company will be issued with a one-year Letter of Good Standing (LoGS)
Year 4: Recertifying External Audit
- The end of the third year marks the completion of the SECOR™ cycle. Continued participation in SECOR™ requires the Employer to complete a re-certifying external audit.
- Upon successful completion of the re-certifying external audit, the company will be granted certification and will begin a new 3 year cycle.
The annual documentation submissions and audits must be completed and submitted to the NSNY prior to the anniversary date of initial certification.
The Annual Documentation Review Submissions shall consist of a sampling of the following completed documentation:
- Hazard Assessments
- Site Inspections
- Tailgate/Toobox Meetings
- Preventative Maintenance Records
- Completed Investigation
- Audit Action Plan progress
- Emergency Response Plan(s)
- Completed Orientations (if applicable)
- Year End Summary Report (optional)
For more detail on the submission requirements, please see the SECOR Annual Documentation Review Submission Form