SECOR Audits

SDS has assisted many of its clients in achieving a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR), which is a program for employers with no more than 10 employees.

The SECOR program is a streamlined version of COR which takes into account the size of an employer. A SECOR is awarded for meeting established standards for a Health and Safety Management System.

Achieving and maintaining SECOR has significant benefits for employers:

  • Reduced injuries in the workplace

  • Financial incentives through WCB

  • More opportunities to bid on projects

  • Increased financial bottom line as proven in studies


To achieve a SECOR, the employer’s Health and Safety Management System must be reviewed through a certification audit. Once certification is achieved, maintenance audits must be performed every year and re-certification audits every three years. Audits are conducted by certified auditors using approved audit instruments that cover the basic elements of Health and Safety Management. To achieve a passing mark, the overall audit score must be 80% or greater and no less than 50% in any one element.

A SECOR is issued jointly by Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) and by a certifying partner.  SDS has certified external auditors for the following certifying partners:

  • ENFORM (Safety Association for Canada’s Upstream Oil and Gas Industry)

  •  Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP)

  • Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)

  • Alberta Safety Council (ASC)

  • Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)

  • Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA)

A SECOR is valid for three years providing that all maintenance requirements are met.  To maintain a SECOR, an employer is required to have a maintenance audit conducted within the first year after the SECOR was issued and again within the second year.

Since 1991, SDS has provided health and safety auditing services in western Canada. SDS Consulting has a wealth of onsite auditing experience. This experience has taught SDS that Health and Safety Management System auditing must be about identifing and recognizing both the opportunities for improvement and the achievement of both the company and employees. SDS works hard for its client through professionalism, competency, and quality. SDS has built a reputation as the go-to provider “when you need it done right”.

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