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The COR program represents a partnership between WorkSafeBC, health and safety associations, and the employers they represent. The COR program recognizes and rewards employers who demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety by having successful health and safety management systems.
The COR program is a voluntary program designed to assist employers with creating and managing systems that promote health and safety in the workplace and return to work for injured workers. In return, WorkSafeBC provides employers with financial incentives of rebates of up to 15% on their base rate, industry-recognized certification, and a quality assurance framework for continuous improvement.
Certifying partners are health and safety associations recognized and funded by WorkSafeBC and supported by industry as having in-depth industry knowledge used to promote and develop workplace health and safety. In order for employers to be eligible for the COR program, they must be registered with a certifying partner.
In order to successfully complete the COR program, employers will need to:
B.C.'s manufacturing industries produce a wide variety of products, including aircraft parts, computers, foods, and other products that directly support the rest of our Province's key sectors.
Manufacturing played a key role in B.C.'s economy in 2007, generating 10.5 percent of the Province's total gross domestic product and providing employment for about 9 percent of the total workforce. This sector includes approximately:
Between 2003 and 2007, injured workers in the manufacturing sector accounted for:
Currently, the main workplace health and safety issues facing this sector are: musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), injuries related to inadequate or absent safeguarding, and falls. The percentage of all accepted time-loss claims each type of injury represented from 2003-2007 is as follows:
Thirty percent of all young worker claims in B.C. occurred in the manufacturing sector. In 2007, young workers accounted for 17 percent of the STD/LTD/Fatal (SLF) claims and 13 percent of the serious injury claims in the Manufacturing sector.
WorkSafeBC has reviewed both historical incidents and claims statistics and has identified four industries that have a greater risk of injuries and fatalities, when compared to other industry sectors. These higher hazard industries are: Construction, Forestry, Health care, and Manufacturing.
The MHRS is WorkSafeBC's multi-year prevention program for the manufacturing industry, and will involve concentrating time and resources to identified areas within the sector. This includes an increased focus on serious injuries, return-to-work programs, claims management, and duration reduction. The overall goal of the MRHS is to effect change and reduce injury, illness, disease, and death within the Manufacturing industry.
The MHRS focuses on industries within manufacturing that have a greater risk of serious injuries and fatalities than other sectors in the industry. WorkSafeBC looks at all factors of the industry, including individual Classification Units (CUs), sub‐sectors, employers, workers, and injury types in order to direct its efforts where it will be most effective.
The MHRS will focus on injury prevention activities for a specific group of CUs within the overall sector where 67% of all manufacturing-related lost time injuries occurred.
The 2009 MHRS will focus on the following 8 Manufacturing sector CUs:
In addition, 295 employer locations were chosen for the compliance section of the MHRS. These employer locations accounted for 31 percent of all the STD/LTD/Fatal (SLF) claims accepted in 2007. Compliance, however, is just one of the components of the high risk strategy.
For more information on, see WorkSafeBC's Manufacturing Safety at Work web page.