IHSA COR™ Podcast

The IHSA COR™ Podcast is a free podcast series from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) that seeks to provide information and resources for organizations interested in achieving and maintaining COR™ in Ontario. Each episode explores best practices, resources, and record keeping to complete and present successful COR™ audits.

Episode 27: What is COR 2020?

This episode serves as an introduction to the COR™ 2020 program in Ontario. Peter Smith, IHSA COR™ Lead Auditor, discusses the reasons why COR™ needed to be updated, who was involved in its development, why it was built the way it was, and the benefits. Peter also guides listeners through some of the changes made to this updated version of COR™.

Episode 26: Preparing for the External Audit

Sam Pitaro, Lead COR™ Auditor, brings his experience with the external audit process to this episode as he outlines what to expect during the audit as well as how to achieve a smooth and successful experience. Sam and Stacey Blea also talk about important timelines and administration associated with an external audit.

Episode 25: Preparing a Corrective Action Plan

This episode addresses the corrective action plan for the COR™ audit. Scott Needs, HSMS Consultant – COR™,  joins in to describe the purpose and mandatory features of this document within the COR™ process as well as providing tips for making this document add real value to the OHSMS for your organization.

Episode 24: Understanding your Audit Results

In this episode, Stacey Blea, HSMS Consultant – COR™, discusses what to expect during your internal audit results debrief. Sam Pitaro, Lead COR™ Auditor, provides insight into this experience and how to maximize its benefits for your organization.

Episode 23: Element 19 - Management Review

In this episode, Stacey Blea, HSMS Consultant – COR™, and Sam Pitaro, Lead COR™ Auditor, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 19: Management Review. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 22: Element 18 - Return to Work

In this episode, Stacey Blea, HSMS Consultant – COR™, and John Kelly, Lead COR™ Auditor, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 18: Return to Work. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 21: Element 17 - Workplace Violence & Harassment

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 17: Workplace Violence & Harassment. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 20: Element 16 - Joint Health & Safety Committees and Health & Safety Representatives

In this episode, Stacey Blea and David Dametto, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 16: Joint Health & Safety Committees and Health & Safety Representatives. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 19: Element 15 - First Aid

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 15: First Aid. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 18: Element 14 - Occupational Health

In this episode, Stacey Blea, HSMS Consultant – COR™, and John Kelly, Lead COR™ Auditor, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 14: Occupational Health. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 17: Element 13 - Legislation

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Scott Needs, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 13: Legislation. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 16: Element 12 - Statistics & Records

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Scott Needs, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 12: Statistics & Records. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 15: Element 11 - Emergency Preparedness

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Scott Needs, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 11: Emergency Preparedness. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 14: Element 10 - Investigations & Reporting

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Deborah Moskal, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 10: Investigations & Reporting. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 13: Element 9 - Workplace Inspections

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 9: Workplace Inspections. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 12: Element 8 - Training & Communications

In this episode, Stacey Blea and David Dametto, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 8: Training & Communications. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 11: Element 7 - Preventative Maintenance

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 7: Maintenance Tools, Equipment, Vehicles & Facilities. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 10: Element 6 - Personal Protective Equipment

In this episode, Stacey Blea and David Dametto, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 6: Personal Protective Equipment. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 9: Element 5 - Company Health & Safety Rules

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Deborah Moskal, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 5: Company Health & Safety Rules. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 8: Element 4 - Safe Work Procedures

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Deborah Moskal, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Elements 3&4: Safe Work Practices & Safe Job Procedures. Each question from these elements of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 7: Element 3 - Safe Work Practices

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Deborah Moskal, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 3: Safe Work Practices. Each question from these elements of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 6: Element 2 - Hazard Assessment, Analysis & Control

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 2: Hazard Assessment, Analysis and Control. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 5: Element 1 - Health & Safety Policy Statement

In this episode, Stacey Blea and Maren Gamble, HSMS Consultants – COR™, discuss the best way to approach your internal audit submission for Element 1: Health & Safety Policy Statement. Each question from this element of the audit tool will be reviewed for insight into intent, common issues, and tips.

Episode 4: Common Problems in a COR™ Internal Audit Submission

Lead Auditor, Peter Smith, goes over some of the common problems with COR™ Internal Audit submissions which, if avoided, could help strengthen your own submissions and make for an efficient review by the IHSA.

Episode 3: Preparing for the Internal Audit

In this episode, Stacey Blea, Health and Safety Management Systems Consultant – COR™, speaks to lead COR™ Auditor, Peter Smith, about what is involved in preparing for an internal COR™ audit. They look at what’s required in setting up for a successful internal audit including resources, training, and official documents.

Episode 2: Introducing the COR™ Team

This episode introduces IHSA’s COR™ team and looks at the various important roles each member plays in IHSA’s COR™ program. Guests include: Scott Needs, Maren Gamble, Deb Moskal, David Dametto, Peter Smith, John Kelly, and Sam Pitaro.

Episode 1: Getting Started with COR™

This conversation with Paul Casey, Vice-President of Programs and Strategic Development, and David Steinschifter, Manager of Strategic Programs, provides an overview and starting point for those interested in getting into COR™ in Ontario. Paul and David discuss the history of COR™, its proven benefits, and the impact it is having across Ontario.

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