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Blood Drive: BAIG Security x Onyx Cleaning Solutions

BAIG Security is partnering with Onyx Custom Cleaning Solutions and the Canadian Blood foundation in the month of December for a blood drive.

Onyx Custom Cleaning Solutions has events running through the entire month of December called December Day of Giving.

We will be hosting our blood drive on December 10 and December 12 in Burlington and Hamilton.

Make a difference this holiday season, donate blood and save lives.

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why is it important to Donate Blood?

When you donate blood, it is used for patients in need of blood for surgery, blood transfusions, and cancer.

“Donating blood saves lives.”

Dr. Robert DeSimone, director of transfusion medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Benefits of Donating Blood

  • You receive a Free Health Screening. Like a mini-physical checkup.
  • You will find out if you have Healthy Heart and Vascular System. This lowers the risk of heart attacks.
  • A Happier, Longer Life
  • One blood donation can save up to three live.
  • You feel good. Knowing you have helped someone links to having positive health outcomes.

Blood Donation Tips

Here are some tips recommended by a doctor if you plan to give blood:

  • Drink plenty of water. This is to keep you hydrated and prevent you from feeling light-headed after.
  • Eat well before you donate. This is to ensure after donating you feel like yourself.
  • Exercise before donating blood, not afterward. This is to prevent you from feeling dizzy.
  • Take iron tablets. This is to boost production of iron and prevent from iron deficiency after donation.

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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Want more information on the security services we offer at

BAIG Security?

For all questions, concerns or to request a quote, click the link below or visit our contact page.

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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.

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

Want to find out more information about Baig Security services?

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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 info@baigsecurity or request a quote on our website at www.baigsecurity.com 

Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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October 28: Security Networking Event

Join us on October 28, 2022 at 4pm on Instagram Live for our Security Networking Event.

Security Networking with THIS IS SECURITY and Striker Tactical Systems.
We will be discussing topics on the security industry and innovations.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Join us to learn more about what we are doing as industry experts and more about each company.

THIS IS SECURITY is network and system of strong individuals and companies in the security and investigations industry. They aide recruiting staff, turnover solutions, and providing a safe working environment for immigrants and international students in the security field.

https://www.instagram.com/security.networking101/

Striker Tactical Systems is offers security development courses, safeguard exercise and self defence fitness programs for individuals in the security field.

https://www.instagram.com/strikertacticalsystems/

You don’t want to miss this one. Come ready to get your questions and concerns clarified.

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Let us help you secure your business, people and assets.

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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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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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Security Considerations for Businesses

When it comes to your company’s security, who do you trust? Security is a serious concern for any business owners, young professionals, and entrepreneurs. This blog post will discuss some of the main reasons why finding a good security firm is so important for your company’s future success. Security is like insurance, you won’t know when you need it until you need it, so don’t be cheap on it.

What are some things you can do to make your security acquisition better? We’ll start by addressing your business’s current needs, from video surveillance to full trained staff, you should assess what parts of your work are required to be protected. Do you need insurance for high-end assets? Like a Jewelry store, Do you have a restaurant or a bar that requires human intervention to protect your patrons? Think about exactly what is your priority to keep secure, will give you pointers on what services are worth getting.

Security Guards

So you’re hiring security guards? We can help! There are a few things you want to keep in mind when looking for your first guard. You are putting a lot on the line when you decide to open your doors, and while generating more revenue is important, nothing is more valuable than your own life and those of your employees. While many people might not realize it, there are countless dangers that both you and your employees may face in the workplace. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for business owners to find the right security company for their needs. 

First and foremost, you will want to make sure that the guard is of good moral character- their job is to protect you, after all. You also want to make sure they have experience with the specific type of event or space that you need them for. Remember! Security guards are still representing your company, find people that are able to do their job diligently and responsibly, quick wits and a cold head go a long way when an emergency arises! Finally, always ask for references from past clients and do your research before making any decisions!

Insurance companies

Now if you’re looking to get some insurance you might also keep in mind what security measures need to be put in place in order to keep your assets in maximum security. Do you need alarms? 24/7 surveillance and video recording? Are your workers in a high-risk environment? Keeping all these considerations in mind, insurance helps you keep your peace of mind and allows you to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Certifications and Training

Nothing says safety more than having staff that is properly trained and knows the correct skills. When a worker doesn’t know how to operate a tool or machinery, lacks the experience and the awareness of their workplace, they can become a liability or a security concern for you. That’s why having properly trained staff is a must. Either a First Aid training, WHMIS, Etc. Proper licenses for vehicles or activities, all these staff development courses must be, as a business owner, something for you to consider. Yes, accidents are never fully preventable, but foresight is king when determining who are your best candidates for your work. Either if you’re considering in-house training, outsourcing, or Online training, getting your staff to optimal skill is a top safety priority.

With all this information at hand, you should be able to make the most optimal decision for your business, And the best decision is Baig Security.