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!

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# 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.

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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 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.

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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.”

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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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How to become a security guard and career checklist

How do I become a security guard? How do you get a security license? How to begin a career working at a security company?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, this comprehensive guide is for you!

Eligibility

First things first, are you even eligible to be a security guard? 

To be eligible for a career in security you must be over 18, have a clean criminal record and be a permanent resident of canada.

If you meet all these requirements you move on to the next step!

Training for a security license

Before you can start working as a security guard you need to complete a training course! There are a wide variety of security programs available, however you need to take a course that is specific to your province/territory.

For example if you want to work as a security officer in Ontario you need to take a course approved by Ontario. 

We at Baig security offer our own security training for those who are interested.

Our ontario security training  includes:

A 40 hour online training course which is divided between 33.5 hours of online study and a 1 day in class Emergency Level First Aid & CPR Level C Certificate.

Sign up today at https://www.baigsecurity.com/training.

Licensing and Exam

The Ontario Security Guard test is a written, sixty question test, in a multiple choice format. The test appointments are two hours in duration, 75 minutes of which is the allotted test completion time.

The license test costs $66.50 plus HST, which comes to a total of $75.15.

You will receive the results of your test within five days of completing it. If you don’t receive it by the end of this time, contact your test provider. The lowest passing mark is a 62% for this test.

As well, all tests must be booked in advance, regardless of if its in person or online.

For more information on the security guard licensing and exam, check out this article: https://www.baigsecurity.com/blog/what-is-the-security-guard-license-test-and-how-to-prep-for-it 

Getting a job

Now that you’ve completed your security license course, it’s time for you to have a look at local directories to find a job. 

Here is a link to the baig security job board.

https://www.baigsecurity.com/careers

With a security guard license from baig security you can work in the following sectors:

  • Airport Security
  • Mall Security
  • Close Protection
  • Night Club or Bar “bouncer”
  • Loss Prevention Security
  • Residential Concierge
  • Special Event Security
  • Mobile Patrol
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Advance in Your Career

As a security guard you are able to work in different sectors within the security industry. Here are a few examples:

  • Security Supervisor 
  • Security Officer 
  • Cyber-security specialist 
  • Armed guard 
  • Border security 
  • Private security consultant 
  • Correctional officer 
  • Fire protection specialists 
  • Private detective or investigator 
  • Policing 

This is the end of the security guard checklist. Hope this helped you!

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How difficult is security training in Canada?

So you want to be a security guard? You are looking to get into security work? If your answer is yes and you’re wondering how to get started then we are here to help you with our security training.

First things first, are you eligible to take a security guard course?

There are three things you need to be to be able to take a training course. You must be over the age of eighteen, have a clean criminal background, and can work in Canada.

Now if you have these three things then it’s time to pick a course provider.

If you are located in Ontario, Canada we recommend using https://securityguardcourse.ca/. They offer both online, standard security guard courses and an in-person CPR and Security Guard licensing course. It’s important to note that to attain a security license in Ontario, you must also complete a first aid course as well.

What will you learn in our security training course?

In Training courses you cover the following topics:

  • Licensing Process
  • Writing Security Reports
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety
  • Communication
  • Procedures
  • Emergency Response Preparation
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Canadian Legal System
  • Use of Force

Our security training offers many features to help with completing your training. Not only is it entirely self-paced (meaning you can work as fast or as slow as you need without penalties), signing up with them also gives you access to more than eighty video lessons and three hundred practice quizzes.

As well, signing up with this online course provider gives you direct access to instructors via email or live chat so if you have questions or need guidance they are available to you.

The cost

The cost to take these courses varies depending on the provider.

Security Guard Course offers two security training programs:

Ontario Security Training – First Aid not included
$99.00

Dual Package: Security Guard + Private Investigator

$325.00

Difficulty Level

It entirely depends on you. If you are good at applying yourself and handling your time, it will be much easier. If these are things you struggle with it will be a bit more difficult but you have access to a large network of support to help. This is a great opportunity for continuing education students or job seekers.

If you are interested in learning more about this training course or signing up with us, check out the link below.

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