Practicing Security for the Holiday Season

At BAIG Security, safety is our #1 priority. We will provide you with some strategic safety procedures you can implement for the safety of you and your business this holiday season.

No matter the type of business you conduct, these tips will be effective in offering security.

PROTECTINg your people/staff

One of the most important assets to your business is your staff. Everyone deserves and should work in a safe working environment under safe working conditions. To protect your staff, some strategies to put into place are:

  • Conduct a special hiring for the holiday season to have security guard(s).
  • Employees that have high risk roles and positions retrain them on best safety practices that meet the standards of the company.
  • Conduct staff training on security protocols and how best to de-escalate any potential threats they may encounter.
  • If the company chooses to go without a security guard, assign specific staff/supervisors/managers for crowd control and monitor occupancy numbers inside business. Conduct exercises to practice.
  • Implement strategic audits that focuses on internal controls.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of emergency protocols and where to go if there are any impeding threats to the business.
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Protecting assets

  • All assets are accounted for on a product list. 
  • Ensure all high value assets have security equipment attached and secured.
  • Communicate with security company about holiday predictions and expectations.
  • Install physical barriers for crowd control and monitor traffic flow.
  • Schedule and assign specific staff to have access to security systems and conduct Open and Close procedures for the business.
  • Hire security guard services for high-risk departments or site locations. 
  • Test all security systems and equipment before the holiday rush.
  • Establish and constant revision of protocols for high value items.
  • Give assigned security codes for management level staff for moving high value items.
  • Review safety plans and ensure there is an Incident Response Team available for all shifts.
  • Ensure there is a process for disposing of garbage and securing exterior bins.
  • For Closing procedures ensure security lights are left on and merchandise is removed from windows.
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cOMMUNICATION

  • Conduct safety talks prior to each shift before and during the holiday season rush.
  • Have designated areas where staff can go to check for daily message.
  • Create code words staff can use to seek security support.
  • Ensure the contact list for managers are UpToDate and readily available.
  • Have your local police department phone number in an accessible area and ask them for any plans specific to your business that can be implemented.
  • Review the security plans made by Mall management or property owner and share your security plan with them.

Having security is vital to operating your business during the holidays. Always be prepared, know your business protocols and train all staff to be vigilant, alert and how to de-escalate any potential threats to safety and security.

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5 Myths About Security Guards

Security Guards have several myths that have been associated with the profession over the years. It is important that we debunk the myths, so there is a better understanding of the important roles’ security guards play in our lives.

Here are 5 common myths about security guards:

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# 1: They must have a big physique and macho

Stereotypically, people associate security guards with a burly physique and a larger built body. However, security guards do not have a set image as there are security guards with many different physical characteristics that make them just as good to do their job well. In fact, the best types of security guards need to be quick with their thinking and their instincts, proactive and able to de-escalate all situations when needed.

Some businesses prefer a specific type of security guard, such as night clubs that fits the typical stereotype. Other businesses such as a corporate setting or those that offer residential services, may not want a security guard that fit the burly stereotype. The business owner may want a different built security guard because of the image they are trying to achieve. In all cases security guards have to be physically fit, able to use their judgment, be alert and vigilant, and provide the highest level of professionalism required to do the job. 

# 2: They do nothing or they don’t really do much

In movies and television shows many people associate the image of security guards as lazy and lethargic. Assuming security guards only sit in a booth all day watching TV and reading magazines in an uneventful and dull work environment. However, this is so far from the truth, security guards are the first line of defense before police arrive at a scene and they must investigate by taking notes and recording any incidences that happened. Security guards are the first people that the public go for directions or ask for assistance; they have to attain a high level of professionalism by providing customer service and doing so would require being knowledgeable and vigilant on the job.

# 3: No formal training needed

Security guards have to be trained with how to react in case of any emergency situation and hold to secure different types of events or site location. training involves making sure our security guards are always alert, knowledgeable and responsive to all types of situations. At Baig Security, our security guards have to go through a standard training before joining their workforce to ensure that our clients receive the best experience possible and they can focus on their other business operations.

At Baig Security, we offer a range of security courses to get your properly trained for any security job!

Click the link to find out more. Security Guard Training – Baig Security 

# 4: Security service is too expensive 

Every company needs to have well defined security solutions. The misconception is that only larger businesses have the means to hirer security services to protect them. At Baig Security, we offer competitive prices to fit every size business and satisfy the needs of your business. Whether your budget is small or large, every company benefits from security guard services at their site locations or business events.

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# 5: Security guards are meant to be intimidating

Security guards are hired to regulate different business operations to create and maintain a peaceful working environment. They ensure the safety of the employees, the business and its valuable assets.

However, they are not hired to intimidate or instill fear in any person. A security guard is there to deter any unwanted persons or suspicious activities that may pose a threat to your business. They are trained to apply their skills to solve any security problems that could potentially Occur. Security guards are put into place to provide a sense of security and safety. They should offer a level of comfort to the public to trust that the security guard is doing their job and going above and beyond to safeguard them at work.

At Baig Security, we believe in going above and beyond to promote safety. Learn more about how we are redefining security in 2022. Click the link for more information https://baigsecurity.com/2022/10/03/redefining-security-at-baig-security/

Security guards play a big role in society and their work should be respected and acknowledged.

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Muhammad Baig: President at Baig Security

Baig Security was founded by Muhammad Baig in 2020. As a Sheridan alum, Muhammad developed a passion for promoting safety and security. His academic background in Human Resource and Business Marketing led to him starting Baig Security, ensuring all his clients and employees have the best work experience and a safe work environment.

Safety is the #1 priority at Baig Security. Because safety is so important to us, we want to provide the best solutions to ensure just that for all of our clients. We have two offices in Burlington and Hamilton but we service all of Ontario.

Baig Security’s vision is to become the best security company in Canada.

An interview with Baig Security President: Muhammad Baig

Baig Security is committed to going above and beyond to provide the highest quality in security services in Ontario. Offering a range of services from commercial and residential services to monitoring port and dock to insurance and private investigation services. We provide customized solutions no matter the size of your business and to meet your needs.

At Baig, we pride ourselves with providing highly trained professional security guards who are always ready to safeguard your business, people and assets. Each client gets top notch customer service.

Since he started Baig Security, Muhammad Baig has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Under 40 Security Industry Professionals by SP&T News! The growth of Baig Security could not have been possible without the strong and dedicated teamwork of our employees and the leadership of Muhammad Baig.

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Baig Security president, Muhammad Baig

Looking to learn more about our services, what we do or have questions you need clarified? You can contact us by email at [email protected] or request a quote on our website at www.baigsecurity.com 

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7 Best Workplace Safety Blogs

Number 1: Safety Spot

https://www.safetyspot.ca/Blog.asp

The Safety Spot writes blog posts about injury, management, fall protection, human resources and much more content surrounding workplace safety. 

Check out their article on “Ways to Boost Mental Health in the Workplace.” 

Businesses often assume that their employee’s mental health isn’t something they should stick their noses into. When workers have poor mental health, it leads to poor work and productivity, leading to unsafe work procedures.

Let’s face it – work is stressful. Whether it’s taking orders at a fast-food drive-through or if you’re a parts driver for a mechanic shop. Here are a few ways employers can help boost mental health in the workplace.

Read more at https://www.safetyspot.ca/Blog.asp?id=33&title=Ways-to-Boost-Mental-Health-in-the-Workplace 

Number 2: Workforce Compliance Safety LTD.

https://workforcecompliancesafety.ca/blog/

The Workforce Compliance Safety blog is an excellent resource for Canadians. It discusses specific occupational hazardous safety legislation in different provinces and writes about other education options, how to make a safety culture in your company, and much more. 

Check out their article, “Top Five Construction Hazards & Safety Solutions.”

Health & Safety is a crucial part of operating a successful business. It’s important to remember that all companies risk accidents and injuries occurring in the workplace.

However, effective health and safety policies are crucial in high-risk workplaces like factories and building sites. Workers in the construction industry are often exposed to many types of hazards such as falls from height, being struck by factory vehicles, and suffering injuries due to operating large machinery.

Read more at https://workforcecompliancesafety.ca/construction-hazards/ 

Number 3: Work Safe for Life

https://www.worksafeforlife.ca/

Work Safe for Life is a Nova Scotian website with great blog posts about Safety Plans, Injury Prevention, Industry Safety, and much more! They have lots of checklists, resources and further reading as well. 

Check out their article, “Slips, Trips and Falls.”

You can take many simple steps to help protect you, your employees, and customers from a slip, trip or fall. We’ve compiled valuable tools to help start or continue your journey toward a workplace free of slips, trips and falls. 

Read more at https://www.worksafeforlife.ca/Home/Injury-Prevention/Protecting-yourself/Slips-Trips-Falls 

Number 4: Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law

https://www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com/blog/

The Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law website is an informative blog following updates for OHS and more legislation affecting workers in Ontario. This is a good blog for both employees and employers to be up to date on new requirements for safety and advice.

Check out their article, “Alberta bans mandatory high heels in the workplace.”

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Alberta can no longer require workers to wear footwear that may pose a health or safety risk to workers. This change was made by an amendment to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code. 

Read more at https://www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com/alberta-bans-mandatory-high-heels-in-the-workplace/ 

Number 5: OSG

https://osg.ca/blog/

OSG’s safety blog has some great listicles that give relevant tips and ways to support employees in being safe at work. This includes safety during covid and much more.

Check out this article called “8 Ways to Keep Employees Safe During Ontario’s Reopening “.

At the start of this year, Ontario moved into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. This COVID-19 variant continues to create health and safety challenges for organizations as the province moves into the next phase of reopening. Below are some strategies to help keep everyone in your workplace safe as the area continues lifting restrictions throughout the coming months. 

Read more at https://osg.ca/8-ways-to-keep-employees-safe-during-ontarios-reopening/ 

Number 6: E-safety First

https://esafetyfirst.com/blog/

E-safety first has a wide range of informative safety articles. This includes how to get forklift licenses, AODA compliance, and conflict resolution. 

Check out their blog post called “Conflict Resolution Strategies at the Workplace. “

Dynamic collaboration is encouraged daily in the workplace. Therefore some degree of conflict is inevitable. No matter what the cause is, the dispute can lead to big problems if it’s not managed effectively. Conflict can stimulate innovation and ultimately bring people closer together than separate them.

Read more at https://esafetyfirst.com/blog/conflict-resolution-strategies-at-the-workplace/ 

Number 7: Public Services Health and Safety association

The PSHSA follows the latest OHS news, research and trends across Ontario and beyond. They have everything from Abestos awareness, safety for small businesses, PTSD in the workplace and much more. 

Check out their post called “Say What? Investigating the Long-Term Impacts of Noise”

Sound is a natural part of our surroundings, but the difference between sound and noise is in the eye of the beholder, or rather, in the ears of the listener. For instance, heavy metal music can be a harmonious medley to one person and a bothersome cacophony to another person. While we may have different tastes in music or opinions of what sounds are enjoyable or unpleasant, noise is defined as unwanted sound and can be hazardous to a person’s health when exposed to levels that are too loud for too long and often enough.

Read more at https://www.pshsa.ca/blog/say-what-investigating-the-long-term-impacts-of-noise 

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8 Must-Follow Safety Tips

In this article, we rank the best tips for health and safety.

  1. Use everything properly

Many workplace accidents are caused by the misuse of machinery. Learning to use everything properly can prevent injuries in your workplace. Make sure to only use machines you are trained for and double-check that they are maintained often. 

2. Report unsafe conditions immediately 

Fix any workplace hazards ASAP. If it’s dangerous for you to remove the risk, do not attempt it by yourself. Employees must report dangerous conditions to their managers as they are legally required to provide a safe environment. So if you say something is unsafe, they have to correct it as soon as possible.

3. Wear your safety gear

Always wear the necessary PPE. An easy way to avoid an incident is to wear the proper safety gear for your workplace. This includes:

reflective, fire-retardant clothing, industrial workwear or something as simple as nonslip shoes. 

4. Keep your workplace clean.

Did you know that having a clean workspace can lead to better job satisfaction as well as keeping you free from danger. Clutter in your work area can cause you or others to trip and fall, and the mess could be hiding hazards you can’t see

5. Eat and Drink

Many workers can get distracted and forget to drink or eat meals. You should always take the time to look after yourself as dehydration or starvation can cause you to lose focus and feel faint, leading to possibly injuring yourself or others.

6. Use proper posture when sitting and lifting.

Poor posture can cause strain on your back, neck and upper body, leading to serious injury. To prevent this from happening, try to use an ergonomic desk as well as keyboards to avoid straining your wrists and arms. Remember to periodically adjust how you are sitting, keep your shoulders in line with your hips and lift with your legs when moving objects. 

7. Awareness of surroundings.

Being aware of your surroundings is an easy way to avoid workplace injuries. Here are some things to be mindful of in your environment:

Look for spills and objects on the floor that could be potential tripping hazards.

Remember to use the appropriate safety equipment for each task you are doing.

Choose items such as a forklift or wheelbarrow to help lift items if you aren’t sure you can lift it.

Keep emergency exits clear so they are accessible in an emergency.

Label hazardous materials with appropriate WHMIS signs.

Know where the first aid kits are located in the building and which staff members are trained to administer first aid if an injury occurs.

Know the emergency procedures in the event of a fire, flood or earthquake.

Only use secure, steady ladders and never use boxes or anything else as an improvised ladder.

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Test railings first before using them to make sure they are adequately secured.

And lastly, be sure to never take shortcuts.

Every worker, at one point or another, has been tempted to take a shortcut at work. Don’t forget that procedures exist to keep workers safe. It might not seem like skipping a step or two will end the world; however, not wearing safety gear may save you time, but it’s not worth facing serious injury. 

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WHMIS Training – What it is and why you need it

What is WHMIS?

You may be wondering, what is WHMIS and why do you need to get it? In this article, we will discuss the reasons you need a WHMIS certificate, and how it can help you in your chosen field. 

WHMIS training is legally required for everyone in Canada who works with or may encounter hazardous materials at work. In Ontario, WHMIS legislation applies to all workplaces except farms. There are many ways to receive training, the goal always remains the same; ensure that workers receive, understand, and use the necessary information to stay safe while working with hazardous products in the workplace.

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WHMIS safeguards the health of the workers who engage with or alongside hazardous products. It also safeguards the health of both the workplace and it’s employees. 

Any given workplace incorporates a quantity of interest in chemicals and substances. All of them have their very own set of adverse effects. They will need their own unique handling requirements to prevent problems. However, these dangerous substances are used among workers, which may cause major respiratory and other health problems. Others are also in control of materials that have got to be cleaned and disposed of in certain ways.

We interviewed Zaid Von Velten, an Environmental, Health and Safety professional to get his take on WHMIS training. 

This is what he had to say:

How can knowing WHMIS help you in daily life?

“Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is an essential tool to protect the health and safety of our workers in the workplace. Most of our workers handle or work near hazardous chemicals on the daily basis. Thus, having knowledge of WHMIS is a crucial factor in enabling you to handle chemicals safely.”

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It also gives those trained in it an understanding of how to avoid physical injury or exposure by being aware of household appliances that could cause harm, e.g. bleach. 

How does WHMIS training benefit businesses?

“By having knowledgeable and trained workers in the workplace, workers will less likely to have an accident while handling or working near hazardous materials.”

Employers must ensure that their employees are trained on hazardous products before they use them. The type and amount of training are dependent on whether a product is new to the workplace and/or newly classified as a hazardous product. By having your employees WHMIS certified you reduce your business’s liability if something should happen.

Should you include a WHMIS certification on your resume?

“Yes, It’s an important skill for most employers.”

Any certification no matter how small is always good to add to your resume as it shows your knowledge.

Does having a WHMIS certificate boost your employability?

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“Yes, in some cases. Certain employers would have WHMIS knowledge and experience as a must in their job posting.”

 In this case, it is especially important to add WHMIS certifications to resumes when applying to jobs as employers are more likely to hire someone who is already certified rather than paying for that employee to take a WHMIS course.

What sort of workplaces require WHMIS training?

“Majority of Canadian workplaces require WHMIS training.”

If a workplace has hazardous materials on-site, or has you handling them they are required to offer WHMIS or at least a form of Safety training.

Check out Baig Security’s own WHMIS training course at https://baigsecurity.com/courses/