What is a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition or SECOR and could it help my company growth?

At Safety Evolution (SE) we get many people contacting us about becoming SECOR certified. The typical phone call we receive sounds a lot like this: “I’ve got an opportunity for a contract, but the organization asked if we had SECOR. I’ve done some reading on it, but I don’t quite understand how I get it. Can you give me SECOR?”

Here are some answers that will help you through the process.

What is SECOR?

SECOR is an acronym that stands for Small Employer Certificate of Recognition To qualify for SECOR you must have less than the specific number of employees based on your provincial guidelines, as an example in Alberta if you have less than 10 employees you can qualify for SECOR. SECOR is awarded to employers who have developed and successfully implemented a health and safety program that meets specific provincial standards. That’s right…implemented is the key word here. You can have an outstanding health and safety manual but if you never use it, or do not follow the program you will not achieve and maintain SECOR.

So why should you get SECOR for your business?

There are many reasons why employers want to get their company SECOR but typically what we hear are:

  • We are expanding and want to improve our programs and lower our WCB rates.
  • I am required to have SECOR to bid on a project.
  • I have been offered a contract, but I am required to have SECOR.

SECOR for your business is not a requirement however it is becoming much more prevalent for larger organizations, municipalities etc. to require a company to have achieved it to qualify for the bidding process. SECOR shows that they take the health and wellbeing of their employees seriously.

Some of the benefits to achieving and maintaining a Small Employer Certificate of Recognition for your business are:

Employee Satisfaction

Shows potential employees that you take their health and safety seriously and want to put the systems in place and provide them with the tools to go home safe every day

Reduction in incident rates

With a complete health and safety management system in place, you will have the tools to ensure your employees are properly trained to conduct the tasks that you require.

Improved worker productivity

A safe and happy employee that has the tools and training to complete their work means jobs get done on time and right the first time without having to worry about rework.

Lower WCB Premiums

As you grow your business, WCB premiums can be quite expensive. As a member of an industry partner and holder of your certificate of recognition, you can qualify for up to a 40% discount on your WCB premiums. (dependent on the province)


How do I become SECOR certified?

Achieving your SECOR can seem like a daunting task. However, this can really be simplified following these easy steps:

  1. Have a health and safety program
  2. Implement this program including:
    1. Vehicle, site, office inspections
    2. Fire extinguisher inspections
    3. Employee training and competency verification
    4. Completion of hazard assessments recognition and control for your work
    5. Having and testing an emergency response plan
    6. Incident investigations and corrections of areas where improvements are required
    7. Safety Meetings
    8. Management taking part all aspects of the health and safety program

    This list is not inclusive of all items required

  3. Having a WCB account for your company
  4. Becoming a member of an injury reduction group or certifying partner
  5. Apply for your SECOR/SECOR for your organization.
  6. Follow the steps outlined in the application to achieve your SECOR
    1. Complete the application
    2. Complete the necessary training
    3. Submit the required documents or set up the audit when applicable

If you are trying to achieve your SECOR and would like to speak to our small business support team for more information, please feel free to contact us 1-844-458-8117 or book your free consultation today.