COVID-19's Effects on the Security Industry in Alberta

 July 23, 2022    Alberta Security Hub Staff

COVID-19 is still a major topic after more than 2 years. We will fill you in on everything you need to know about it's impact on security guards in Alberta.

*This page will be updated with new information and changes as they become available.*

Do I have to wear a mask?

In Alberta, mask mandates were lifted on June 14, 2022, however certain security companies may have their own mask requirements and policies for guards.

Facial Hair:

Recently, there has been some controversy in Ontario about facial hair and the use of masks by security guards due to cultural reasons. One of the strategies from the Government of Alberta to improve mask fit is "Keeping facial hair and beards shaved or short." Be aware that this might be required to work for certain security guard employers.

Do I have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

All mandatory public health restrictions including the vaccine mandate in Alberta were lifted on June 14, 2022. Just like mask mandates, employers have the choice of continuing to mandate that all of their employees be fully vaccinated.

Make sure to check with potential security guard employers to see whether or not they still require their guards to wear masks, be fully vaccinated, provide a negative COVID-19 test or to be informed of any further conditions or requirements.

Are Online Courses Still Being Offered?

Because of the pandemic, online learning has been a popular choice for getting access to similar learning material used in-person without the risk of coming in direct contact with someone who may have the virus. Those interested in becoming a security guard can continue to complete the course online:

The ABST course & exam:

The ABST course and exam are offered online, learn more by clicking here.

Online WHMIS Certification:

WHMIS or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System training is recommended and may be required by some security guard employers. Additionally, WHMIS training can also be a valuable asset in future career opportunities. Students enrolled in our course can click here to find out more about our recommended online WHMIS training course.

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