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Small Business Showcase – Summer 2022

Baig Security is excited to announce that we will be hosting our second online Small Business Showcase. After receiving amazing feedback from our last event, we could not be more happy to share these news.

When?

The Small Business Showcase will take place from Monday, August 22 to Saturday, August 27, 2022. It will last a total of 5 days filled with fun events, games, surprises and valuable information about the security field and Baig Secured!

Add to your calendar!

Attached above is a visual calendar breaking down how the event will take place.

See you there!

This will be an event filled with various amounts of valuable information and an opportunity for everyone to network and showcase their business! You do not want to miss out.

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Small Business Showcase

Hi there! Baig Security is a security guard company in Ontario looking to run an online event to promote local small businesses on July 7th from 2pm-5pm. 

You’d be given a chance to talk about your business, what you do, and network with potential clients and other business owners. It’s free to sign your business up, all we ask is you promote the event on your socials and invite your network. 

For all businesses that attend they will be automatically enrolled in a raffle for a 50 dollar amazon card. 

Interested? 

Incentive

In order to have the highest attendance possible, we plan on having a raffle for businesses that attend and participate to win a 50 dollar amazon gift card. This creates an incentive for businesses to want to partake in the event and advertise the event.

For attendees, we plan on having around three 10 dollar gift cards that are up for raffle.

Hosting

July 7th at 2-5pm on Microsoft Teams

Value for businesses:

There are various positives that come from this event for the businesses attending, including networking opportunities, getting to meet potential clients, opportunities for growth, and increasing brand awareness. Opening oneself up to networking opportunities provides as a way to build connections with others in similar or related professions that can assist their company discover new clients, partners, and develop. Increasing brand awareness is important as it influences customers’ judgments while deciding between rival businesses.

Value for attendees:

For attendees, being present at the event allows them to support local businesses, receive offers or coupons from the attending businesses, the possibility of prizes, and webinars from local business influencers. Supporting local businesses demonstrates that attendees care about and are involved in the community’s well-being and future. Local businesses are more accountable to their communities and have a lesser carbon impact than larger corporations, which is excellent for the environment. Attending webinars from local business influencers allows attendees to learn about various topics that are often not taught in schools or elsewhere, like taxes 101 for small business or how to promote a business.

How to promote:

We are planning on promoting through various platforms including linkedin, our website, and instagram. We also plan to include advertising the event in the newsletter. Through having the involved business and influencers promote on their socials and reach out to their networks, we are going to be able to reach a bigger audience.

Interested? Businesses sign up below


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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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Security Guards: Expectations Vs Reality

We interviewed two security guards about their experience in the security industry

The first person we interviewed is RyanJohn Staples, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Ryan’s Linkedin. He has 4 years of security Guard and loss prevention investigations experience. When asked what led him to become a security guard, RyanJohn said:

“Got asked to start as a doorman with a bar once I turned 19 then within a year became head of security for a couple of years and started with a few companies’s not long after.”

We also asked him what he thought a security guard would be like and he said: “From first starting off at the local bar I expected it to be slow some nights and full of incidents and issues on other nights. All in all, I find as long as you treat people with respect no matter the incident and remain calm you will have great days. I always tell people new to security to absolutely never take anything personally and always be professional as we are the ones to defuse any issues that may occur.”

According to RyanJohn nothing for him changed in terms of expectations and reality while working in the security industry. We also asked RyanJohn if he could change anything what would it be his response was “More in-person training courses would be a bonus. I am always looking to learn new things to better myself, gain more knowledge.” 

Another question that was asked is how has covid affected his work.

He said “ Gave me more opportunities and more jobs.” 

If there was anything that could change about being a security guard RyanJohn said he would prefer more in-person training as he is always looking to learn and gain more knowledge.

Another guest we interviewed was Damien Rickus, you can check him out on LinkedIn here: Damien’s Linkedin. His background experience is in the Armed forces and he has also been  Security Officer. One of the questions we asked Damien is about what led him to become a security guard as we wanted to learn more about what inspired him to become one.

He said  “It is a good career path when you become self employed as you can be earning £20 up, the main reason is that I can gain so many qualifications and have access to similar career paths through the same courses.” Another question that was asked was what did he think working as a security guard will be like and he said “I thought that security guards be under pressure from employers and that there would be something happening every day”

How did that differ from reality?

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“There’s not much happening every day in the sense of this is serious, I learnt that the main thing is to be vigilant to deter crime and help the community but keeping everyone safe due to the fact that security guards are trained in first aid, fire safety and security, this means we are ready to tackle a multitude of problems.”

Damien also answered our question related to how covid affected his work and said “Covid has shut down a lot of venues meaning work has not been available however once everything opened back up there are more jobs for security than the country has guards.”

With his experience as a security officer and working in the armed forces, we wanted to find out if he could change anything about being a security guard what it would be and he said “I would change the pay rate as security and safety are essentials in the world if the pay increased the number of trained guards would increase making the nation a safer place to be.”

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What’s it like being a security guard?

We interviewed three security guards about their experiences on the job. 

The first guard we interviewed was Chris Ballantyne. He’s had 3 years working in health care security after graduating from the Protection, Security and Investigations from Georgian College. 

What led you to become a security guard?

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“I wanted to become a security guard in order to build an excellent foundation and reputation for a further career in law enforcement. Working in a hospital, we work alongside law enforcement almost daily, building rapport as well as getting a brief sneak peek into their procedures.”

Check out Chris on Linkedin

When asked What do you like about the job? Chris said, “Knowing I’m building my knowledge and resumé base for my next career, the people are awesome, and it’s not the same thing every day, always a little different.”  

Chris says that working as a security guard, he found he dislikes, “Unfortunately the pay, sadly in New Brunswick security is a tad underpaid, even when calculating cost of living factors percentage-wise, it’s still low in my opinion, but many careers are lower paid in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.”

Next, we interviewed Damien Rickus, who has been working as a security guard since March 2021.

Damien became a security guard because being a security guard was one of the three career paths I chose when leaving secondary as there can be a lot of progression within the security business from a static guard up to close protection and going from employee to employee self-employed into a business owner.

When asked, “What are some misconceptions people have about security guards? “Damien said:

“The biggest misconception people have about security guards is that we are lazy and have no clue of what is happening around us; this is untrue as a security guard needs to be fully alert at all times also we have a multitude of tasks and training in which we need to complete in order to keep every person as safe as possible.”

Check out Damien on Linkedin

How many hours do you work as a security guard?

The majority of shifts are 12 hours; however, you can work a 15 hour shift if your company lets you do so; signing the opt-out agreement is the best thing to do as you can then work 5 days out of 7, making for a total minimum of 60 hours in a week.

How much do you make as a security guard? Do you feel it’s fair to pay?

Chris says, “$16.50/hr. I feel it’s low compared to where I used to live, which was about $10/hr more. The hospital there and here are similar in size (the one I currently work at is technically bigger by bed count), thus serving a similarly sized community.’

Damien has similar views stating, “The majority of pay for security staff is around £10 per hour; I believe this to be unfair as there ate costs that we security personnel have to endure to qualify and get our badges”.

What are some of your responsibilities?

Chris, who works in healthcare security, says his responsibilities are:

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Maintaining secure entrances (Locking doors, making sure windows and doors are closed, not damaged and functioning as intended. Maintain parking lot standards (written warnings, counts of spots). Assist staff with upset or possibly violent patients, visitors etc.

Whereas Damien says, “The responsibilities of a security can include, first aid, patrols, access and egress control, CCTV monitoring, key keeping, some receptionist responsibilities (if working in a gatehouse), spotting potential threats.”

Phillip Brigante is currently working as a security officer who previously worked as a security police officer in the air force. His military training is what led him to become a security guard. One thing he enjoys about the job is being able to help people and find there’s nothing he dislikes about the position. He shares Chris and Damien’s views on the common misconception of being a security guard is that they are seen as rent-a-cops. 

Check out Phillip on his Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-brigante-a174aa20b/

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What’s it like to work in the Security Industry?

We interviewed four different security professionals to find out firsthand what it’s like to work in the security industry? 

Featuring Gerry Markee, RyanJohn Staples, David P Bradney, and Cole Nethercott. 

We had the first question: What are your views on the security industry?

Gerry Markee is a retired Security Trainer, Union Executive and Steward. He was employed in Hospitals and Museums for over 40 years. Gerry worked in Health and Safety and as a consultant in Security Legislation that updated the Security industry legislation. 

When asked about his views on the security industry, Gerry said, “Disappointment. Despite legal changes demanding better training, employers and governments will always fight to keep wages and costs as low as possible, creating, for the most part, a job ghetto. Management is often incompetent, anti-labour, and not above breaking laws due to serious ethical failings”.

David P Bradney is retired as a Colonel after 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in 2017. He worked as a combat veteran with deployments to Somalia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition, I participated in numerous Theater Security Deployments and diplomatic missions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, East Africa, and South America. David has been the Central Region Vice President for Gardaworld security services in the US since 2017, where he led and managed branch teams delivering security services across ten (10) states from Texas to South Dakota.

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Davids’s experience in both the Security and the Military means he has amounted a lot of knowledge over the years. He said that the trends he noticed are, “The industry will continue to experience steady growth across the world, but hybrid solutions are becoming more necessary due to rising costs in labour and growing statutory and regulatory restrictions.

Check out David on LinkedIn

The number of security providers will continue to contract because of mergers and acquisitions. This M&A activity is so prevalent now because most smaller providers are unable to compete in terms of cost and resources with the largest companies even at the regional level.”.

How do you feel covid has affected the security industry?

Cole Nethercott is an experienced security professional of 3+ years with a demonstrated history of working as a security guard within the industry. When asked how he felt COVID-19 had affected the security industry, he said,

“I feel that it has been good for the industry; as Security, we need to be able to adapt to situations and adapt quickly. I feel like security guards, and companies have done that and have done it well to the best of their abilities. I feel that we have more of a role in the day to day operations and actually have a voice with our clients now more than before”

Check out Cole on his LinkedIn

I would like to see better training for the security industry, higher standards, and better relations with LEO’s; an example, in Ontario, Canada, the security course to receive your security license is only 40 hours, I’d like to see that become maybe a month, going over items more in-depth such as fire response and fire panel operations, basics of computer and CCTV operations (hands-on), better medical training rather than just the basic emergency level, hands-on radio operations (I’ve trained too many guards that don’t know how to use a radio or even turn it on, I understand there is a starting point for everyone for the knowledge base, but that should be covered in the security course). I feel that there should have been more awareness brought about security guards being part of the frontline at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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How do security guards impact workplace safety?

RyanJohn Staples is a Security Guard with four-plus years of experience and a demonstrated history working in the security and investigations industry. 

Ryan’s views on how a security guard impacts workplace safety are,

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“Security guards promote a safe workplace for everyone, and it brings peace of mind to others as we’re usually the first contact before police are called upon for assistance if an incident occurs.”.

Check out Ryan on his Linkedin

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What are the best first aid courses?

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Is Basic First Aid Important?

First aid training is definitely an essential part of the workplace. Every business should have their employee’s first aid trained. Accidents can happen fast. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation could save someone’s life. Basic first aid training will let you stay calm and decide how to help. This could make a big difference for the injured.

Online Versus In Person

First of all, before we even get to answering the question, did you know there are different requirements based on where you live for first aid training?

If you are looking to get certified whether it’s in basic first aid training or CPR, make sure that the certificate is recognized by your local government. As well, If you’d like to be certified as having first aid training, most first aid training courses require an in-person component to receive a certificate.

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Why?

There is usually a required in-person session to cpr aid training because it gives you hands-on experience with CPR and safe responses. This also provides the instructor with a chance to see you in action and correct any mistakes. In an online format, they can’t offer feedback. Completing an online course shows you understand first aid in theory but not necessarily in practice.

Options

There are lots of first aid courses available online. However, here’s a quick list of your options:

The Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross provides First Aid and CPR programs. Check out the link below to learn more about their training programs.

First Aid Tips and Resources – Canadian Red Cross

Treat and prevent injuries. Learn first aid and CPR. Download the official First Aid app. Get Red Cross advice, tips and resources to keep your family safe…

https://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources

They also teach practical first aid tips and offer a free first aid app.

First Aid App

The official Canadian Red Cross First Aid app puts lifesaving advice in your hands.

https://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-app

  • First aid for free

Anyone can take this training online and learn more about lifesaving first aid. We provide this first aid training for no charge.

  • First aid for you

https://firstaid4u.ca/online-safety-training/

  • NSC

First Aid Online Training

https://www.nsc.org/safety-training/first-aid/online-training

  • First Aid safety training

https://firstaidsafetytraining.ca/resources/ – has lots of specialized first aid courses

  • Baig Security

https://www.baigsecurity.com/training – our own training course

Keep in mind,

Online first aid courses give you a theoretical understanding of what to look for in an emergency situation. However, it does not prepare you for the practical side of rendering aid.

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How to become a licensed private investigator?

First things first, are you eligible to become a private investigator?

Who can become an investigator?

To be eligible for a private investigator licence in Ontario, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a clean criminal record

What type of investigator do you want to be?

This is an important next step to starting a P.I career. You might be surprised to know that they do more than just discover affairs! There is a wealth of different career paths you can take as a licensed investigator. 

Different Private Investigator Paths

The following are some of the career paths that come with working as a private investigator:

Personal family investigations

A family investigation generally involves working with divorced people and child custody. 

DIVORCE & CHILD CUSTODY 

Crimes against persons

Child custody investigations

Cyber extortion and bribery

Art and jewelry theft

Attorney legal support

Litigation support

Genealogy, probate and estate

Lost and unclaimed assets

Workers compensation fraud

Corporate crisis management

Workplace drug trafficking

Fraud and forgery investigations

Brand protection

Manufacturing and industrial theft

You can also specialize in surveillance, fraud, motor vehicle investigations, insurance and cyber forensics.

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Steps required to be licensed as a private investigator

Basic training course

Check out our Private Investigator Training course. This specialized 50hr online course meets and exceeds the syllabus requirements of the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. It is delivered 100% online and has been updated recently to reflect any changes in relevant legislation. Upon sign up, our Private Investigator students receive a comprehensive practice test to complete at their own pace to further prepare them for the provincial exam.

As a licensed private investigator in Ontario you will have to deal with challenging situations and will require proficient training to be able to handle them. We offer a comprehensive private investigator program that is aligned with the Ontario Ministry’s 50hr syllabus and meets Ministry requirements. Our curriculum will also give you all the practical tools and training you need to be successful.

Licensing exam

Apply for a private investigator licence

Once you’ve successfully completed your private investigator training course you will need to apply for your license. Once you receive it you can start practicing as a private investigator. 

What is the cost of obtaining a private investigator licence?

The cost varies based off of course provider, our course is $229.

Interested in learning more about our training courses? Go to this link www.baigsecurity.com/training for more information.

Why should you get a first aid license?

NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFICATION

Did you know, according to the Red Cross, despite forty percent of Canadians being in a situation where they or someone else needed emergency care, only eighteen percent of Canadians are first aid certified? 

IT IS EASY TO LEARN

With detailed courses and well-trained instructors, first aid training is easier than it’s ever been! However, that’s not to say that completing a training course to receive your certificate is going to take little to no work on your part. You still have to make sure you understand the material, pass the tests, and self discipline. 

YOUR EMPLOYER REQUIRES IT

Another good reason is if first aid qualification is something your employer requires! If you work in or as first responders, education, medical, or as a lifeguard or corrections worker, you will need a certificate for completing a first aid training course. 

BE PREPARED AS A PARENT

Lastly, if you are a parent or guardian, understanding how to administer first aid is crucial. If your or someone else’s child chokes on their food, or falls and hits their head, you need to be able to stay calm, assess the situation and deliver first aid. Taking a first aid/CPR course is the best way to learn how to do this. 

Here is a brief example of what a first aid course can cover: 

HOW TO TREAT BROKEN BONES

Have you or someone you know broke a bone? If you encounter someone who has and needs help until the paramedics arrive, first aid training can teach you how to do this. It’s important to treat the injury as best as possible, which is why if you don’t have first aid training, you could actually do more harm than good. Treatment might be as simple as immobilizing or supporting the limb to assist reduce the pain and stop further injury.

TYPES OF BREAKS

Did you know there are different ways you can break a bone? A fracture is when there’s an opportunity or crack during a bone, and it can either be considered open or closed. A closed fracture is when the skin remains intact and therefore the bone isn’t protruding, while an open fracture is when the skin is broken. 

SYMPTOMS OF A BROKEN BONE

Broken bones can have many signs and symptoms, for example:

Pain to the affected area that gets worse once you move it

Numbness within the injured area

Bluish colouring, swelling, or deformity

Bone protruding through the skin

Heavy bleeding

An easy method to spot the symptoms is to use SLIPS:

S stands for: swelling, bruising

L stands for: loss of use of the limb

I stands for: irregularity, deformation

P stands for: pain, tenderness at the location

S stands for: shock

In a first aid course you will not only learn to spot a break but also how to treat one. For example using the RICE method:

R – rest

I – ice

C – compress

E – elevate

Remember, as a primary aider, you’ll help them from getting worse but you can’t fix them, that’s up to the paramedics. Make certain to follow the right procedures and call. The earlier the injury/wound can receive medical help the better the chance of a full recovery.If you are interested in learning more about our first aid and cpr certification course, click here for more information first aid training