Security Awareness, What You Need to Know

Security Awareness, What You Need to Know

When it comes to our family and property, we take security seriously – it’s a no-brainer. We insure our homes and make purchases such as security cameras to protect our families. If something is of great value to us, we make sure it is safe.    

Would you believe me if I told you the theft or re-routing of dangerous goods products (e.g., chemicals) could pose a serious threat to you and your family? According to Ontario’s public health agency, in Ontario alone, “there was a 38.2% increase in opioid-related deaths in the first 15 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic”. There is an expected trend increase of 50%, leading Canadian police forces to coordinate to raise awareness to many of those working in the chemical industry (handler, trucker, or manufacturer). The threat of theft of their products being used for manufacturing street drugs is real. If the demand for drugs is high, the demand for some dangerous goods will also increase. This is a threat to you, your family, and our national security. 

At ICC, we include security awareness as part of many of our training programs to help raise awareness to combat these threats. 

Here are a few tips:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments of employees;
  • Keep storage areas locked and restrict access of non-employees;
  • Keep an updated and accurate inventory, and report lost or stolen dangerous good to police;
  • Perform security spot checks (if you do this, change up the times you perform the checks); and
  • Watch for unusual purchases of your product (e.g., you don’t want to see your product on the news in a drug lab or used in a terrorist act).

I hope this was insightful and can help you take the necessary steps to mitigate any possible threats to your business.

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Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine CD (Canadian Decoration) served 22 years as a member of the Canadian Forces. Initially as an Infantry section Commander in the Princess Patricia Canadian Lite Infantry (PPCLI), he served on two peace keeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, and one combat tour in Afghanistan where his unit was awarded the Governor General Unit Citation for actions in combat. He then continued to serve as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a firefighter, where he completed a diploma in Fire Science/ Fire-fighting from Memorial University and Occupational Health and Safety diploma from the University of New Brunswick. Lastly, in his career with the Canadian Forces, he served as a member of the Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Operator (CBRN Op), part of the Canadian Special Operation Command (CANSOFCOM). Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he took a position as a Life Cycle Management of hazardous materials instructor for the logistical branch of the Department of National Defense and is knowledgeable in NFCC, CEPA 1999, IMHWR, TDGR, ICAO, IATA, IMDG, GHS and OH&S federal regulations.