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What is a GAP Analysis?

Posted in: Claims Costs,Safety,WCB Law,WCB Premium Reduction,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on July 21, 2016

In management literature, gap analysis involves the comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance. If an organization does not make the best use of current resources, or forgoes investment in capital or technology, it may produce or perform below its potential.*

In reference to the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Alberta, gap analysis is used to evaluate an employer’s current Health and Safety Management System practices. Gap Analysis will help an employer by highlighting areas that are compliant with standards and identifying areas that need improvement in meeting the requirements to earn or renew a COR.

Becoming a Partner in the PIR program indicates that your organization has chosen to take a leadership role in workplace health and safety, however there are no financial benefits to being a Partner unless you have a COR. Upon obtaining and maintaining a COR, a Partner becomes eligible for potential rebates.

Whether you are interested in participating in PIR to obtain a COR, have had organizational changes and need to know where you stand in terms of meeting requirements to retain or renew a COR or are just preparing for a COR Audit, a Gap Analysis is a time-efficient and cost-effective way to determine where you stand now, and what you need to do to get to where you need to be. A COR Audit is conducted by a qualified auditor who has been approved by a PIR Certifying Partner. PIR Certifying Partners come from all economic sectors and can recommend an appropriate auditor that understands your organization’s needs. A list of PIR Certifying Partners is available on the WCB Alberta website.

A Gap Analysis will provide recommendations to bring your health and safety management system up to code. A Gap Analysis consultant should:

  • Provide a detailed report comparing your organization to the requirements of the COR audit tool
  • Outline their findings
  • Identify areas in need of improvement
  • Recommend necessary changes to meet standards and
  • Work with you to achieve all necessary requirements for a COR

*Source: Wikipedia

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