For those responsible for the delivery of training to security workers, here's the Canadian Safety Association's new national standard for OHS Training. The private security industry has no work to do it's been done for us.
CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health and Safety Training
Providing adequate training to employees is a critical element of risk management and can help promote health & safety on the job. Each year, many organizations in Canada make significant investments in providing safety training to workers yet often have difficulty ensuring that it meets their needs.
Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by
previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so
that he is never taken by surprise.
Question: Who is responsible for ensuring that
security officers are appropriately vetted and trained for emergencies?
Ultimately, the property owner (possessor).
There is no wiggle room on this. It is
the same in the U.S. and Canada
the bombing in Boston been prevented?
At my age, I have the experience to understand the phrase "what goes around, comes around." This discussion, to one degree or another, has been going on since the 70/80's and probably before that. And, yes, policing costs were a major topic of concern back then. Those costs concerns were addressed/reduced by civilianizing sections of the police organizations such as; records, communications, admin, etc higher paid position - and of course, popularized by CIS TV programs.
I think this information should be of interest/value to anyone that oversees security worker, whether as a client, employer or supervisor. In my opinion, it's an important document and will go along way in assisting organization achieve OHS due diligence. I've quoted the CSA's own description of the new Standard. American readers can refer to ANSI Z490-1.
Security workers must start taking responsibility for their own health & safey. You must not settle for OHS complacency.
If you are a security worker, bring it to your employers and supervisors attention.
Once you've read the incident, read my next 2 blogs for what the employer should do. Note: the due diligence self evaluation will encompass much more; including, Lone Worker protection.
About 4 days ago a security officer in Nanaimo BC, while working alone, a security officer interrupted a B&E in progress during the very early hours of the morning. He suffered non life-threatening injuries, fortunately, and is resting at home as I write. The fact that the injuries sustained were non life-threatening can only be attributed to LUCK, it could have been so much worse.
Accident or Injury
Checklist for Analyzing Viability of
a Due Diligence Defense
Fill out this questionnaire after an
accident involving a serious injury or fatality. The purpose of the
questionnaire is to help you evaluate your risks of liability in the event you
are charged with an OHS violation in connection with the accident by
determining the availability of a due diligence defence.
Definition: Due diligence means
making reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the laws and prevent
The Canadian Law of Workplace
Every Canadian jurisdiction requires
employers to safeguard workers against workplace violence. They just don't do
it all the same way. Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan list specific steps. Federal
Labour law says employers must take "prescribed steps" to guard
against violence in the workplace without describing what those steps are. The
other provinces and territories interpret their General Duty Clauses-the
provision requiring employers to take reasonable steps to guard against
foreseeable risks-as covering the risk of workplace violence.
On a daily basis, I deal with security company owners who lament their llow "bottom-line" revenue. They refuse to spend money on the safety training they are required to deliver to their workers.
"I can't train or have a health & safety committee because I can't increase my billing rate to cover all I need to do. If I increase my billing the client will look for another security contractor."
In the UK the SIA took the following approach - it's a "buyer beware approach:""When the SIA was established in 2003, we conducted a broad examination of the entire industry.
I'm not against security workers making arrests or using appropriate force. What I am against is the lack of training delivered to security workers to exercise the aforementioned.
To those that are responsible for the delivery of UofF training (employers/clients), to meet the test of due diligence, that your training objectives include: job/task hazard analysis, a site specific risk assessment, documented training objectives, working alone or in isolation, supervision, workplace violence policy and procedures, workers right to refuse unsafe work, and a myriad of other requirements.