COVID-19:  SAFE Companies and WorkSafeBC COR audit requirements for 2020

Updated November 26, 2020

As we continue to deal with COVID-19 and the rapid change of information and public health orders, the SAFE Companies team is committed to working with your company to navigate these uncertain times and provide guidance on your company's safety management system and audit requirements.

With recent restrictions from the provincial health authority, BCFSC will not require an audit for the remainder of 2020 for companies seeking to maintain or recertify SAFE Certifications only.  You will remain on the SAFE Certified list and if your SAFE Certificate is expiring in 2020, it will be extended by one year.  If you are still able to submit an audit while following provincial health guidelines, we encourage you to do so.  If you have made previous arrangements with an auditor, we encourage you to honour existing contracts with them and follow the BCFSC audit guidelines.  We will continue to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement on your safety management systems with you and your contracted auditor.

Employers who want to be eligible for the COR rebate are still expected to submit an audit for 2020, with appropriate COVID-19 safety precaustions.  This applies to recertification and maintenance auidts.  This means NO 2020 AUDIT = NO 2020 COR rebate!  Also, if your company has RTW COR certification, and you choose not to submit a full 2020 audit, WorkSafeBC will not allow you to recertify for RTW COR.

As a Certifying Partner (CP), BCFSC continues to work closely with WorkSafeBC to help administer the COR Program. The following provides information on COVID-19 as it relates to your company’s 2020 audit.

Does BCFSC have any COVID-19 related resources our company can access?
BCFSC and the Manufacturing Advisory Group (MAG) have developed industry resources and information for employers and workers.  Please visit our
COVID-19 Resource page.  For large companies wanting to do a BASE Audit, please review the Auditor Specific resources.

WorkSafeBC released a
COR program information update containing plans and methods for auditing for the rest of 2020. 

can we submit our audit?
The best way is electronically.

Alternatively, if you are unable to make an electronic copy of your documentation, then courier of mail your submission to 420 Albert Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 2V7.  Our office is currently available by appointment only for consultations or audit drop off.

Will our company receive a SAFE Certificate? 

Our normal process is to email a SAFE certificate upon successful Certification / Recertification. A paper hard copy is provided upon request or to companies without an email address.   

For those companies who request a COR certificate, WorkSafeBC has resume issuing printed COR certificates.  Both sources of certificate information whould fulfill any requirement to provide proof of certification when bidding for work.   

Our company has a safety question, who can we call?
BCFSC is open for business. However, as part of our commitment to keep our staff safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19, our offices are open by appointment only.

BCFSC staff are working remotely and are available by phone and email for any support or questions you may have.  

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