COR and SAFE Companies Certifications lead to lower work injury rates


COR and SAFE Companies Certifications lead to lower work injury rates!

The University of British Columbia (UBC) recently provided an update to a study they conducted in 2015 on whether COR Certification is associated with lower injury rates.

In the study, UBC used a control group of non-COR certified firms and compared “matched” COR certified firms similar in size, industry sub-sector and classification unit base rate to evaluate the differences between:


·         non-COR  and “matched” COR firms before COR certification date, and

·         non-COR  and “matched” COR firms after COR certification date.


The results indicated that across all industry sectors there was an average 12% decrease for COR certified companies compared to their “matched” non-COR firms in short term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD) and fatality rate between 2003 and 2016.

In forestry, there was a 24% decrease in those measurements for the same timeframe.

For serious injuries in forestry, the results were even better. Across all industry sectors, COR firms had an 11% reduction in Serious Injury rates. In forestry, there was a 24% reduction in Serious Injury rates for COR holders.

The study also evaluated the impact on injury rates with longer term firms certified in the COR program. The study found that injury rates for COR certified companies continued to drop over time the longer they were certified in the program.  In forestry, COR and SAFE certificate holder’s STD, LTD and fatality rates reduced by 30% in 2009-2012 and 27% in 2013-2016, and Serious Injury rates reduced by 25% and 40% for the same time periods.

 For more information, please refer to:

COR Research Brief 2019

 PWHS COR Impact Evaluation March 2019



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