Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Small Business Week

This may be small business week, but it’s huge for Winnipeg businesses. With over 19 events scheduled in Winnipeg alone there is a lot of great information available for businesses. Having support in our community from The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, The World Trade Centre, and BDC to name a few help starting, building, and growing a business in Manitoba an easier task.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a guest on The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Bold Radio show. What made the show interesting and fun to do was the other two guests. Donavan Robinson the owner of Vantage Studio’s, and Nathan Alexander the owner of Scribbles Printing are really interesting guys that had some great ideas, and experiences to share.

I have said many times in many places that Winnipeg is a great place to do business. I’m fortunate to have the support I need to get ahead in the world. These supports are available to anyone wanting to follow their dream of owning a company, supporting their staff members, and strengthening the local economy in a very direct way. Take advantage of this week’s events, I’ll probably see you at a couple.

There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bison Welcomes Sam Bater To The Herd

We all know that a business is almost a living thing with growth expansion, and the challenges that we in business always face.  Our operations division is no exception to that and as we grow, we need to introduce people that can facilitate that growth.

I’m pleased to announce the addition of Sam Bater to the Herd as Operations Manager! Sam brings over 30 years of experience in the fire alarm industry with him, most of it at a senior management level. Sam has worked with many people in the fire protection industry, and also related industries such as the electrical industry. He has a proven track record, with a reputation for getting projects done in both a timely and cost effective manner. These are just a couple of the things that our customers expect from us, and they deserve them.

Sam has a great sense of community and is always looking to connect with old friends, or to meet the new people that are always joining the Winnipeg business community. Please feel free to give him a call, or connect with Sam through email, his inbox is always open.

There is protection within the herd!

Sam Bater

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Requirements for COR

Just like most other COR requirements, your Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) should ensure that your business returns to “normal” working operations as soon as possible after an emergency. When it comes to your COR Audit, you must be able to verify through documentation (policies and procedures), worksite observations and employee interviews that it contains critical elements such as:

Written response plans for emergencies that can realistically be expected in your workplace such as:

  1. Fire and  / or explosion
  2. Medical and traumatic injuries
  3. Chemical spills
  4. Fall rescue
  5. Confined space rescue
  6. Severe weather etc.

Fire Response Planning; you must have a written fire response plan which may be included in the emergency response plan, or developed separately. The correct class and type of extinguishers must be sufficiently marked and visible in all work areas. The auditor will review documentation (on files and on tags) for fire extinguisher recharge, purchases or inspections conducted. Fire extinguishers should be inspected and recorded monthly. Extinguishers should be subjected to maintenance every 12 months.

Worker Training; Your EPP must include evidence that workers understand their responsibilities and have been:

  1. Orientated to the EPP
  2. Trained on emergency equipment and procedures such as fire extinguishers

EPP Testing; You must have records to verify that your company’s emergency plans have been tested including what corrective actions were taken to correct deficiencies.

 Other requirements include ensuring that:

  1. employees have adequate means to contact emergency personnel
  2. emergency phone numbers have are posted or are readily available at each work location
  3. first aid facilities are adequate for the size/type of operation in accordance with Legislation
  4. first aiders are identified to all employees on site
  5. there is a means of transporting an injured worker available at all times

For help with your Fire Response Planning and Fire Extinguisher Training contact us at info@bisonfire.com, or on our website www.bisonfire.com  

For help with written policies and procedures and help establishing or maintaining COR, contact the professionals at 1LifeWorkplaceSafety.com

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Bison Launches Cerberus Pro

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I know I‘ve been posting a fair amount over the last number of months about the new Siemens Cerberus Pro fire alarm panel, and the incredible devices that come with it. Today we had an official launch for Winnipeg’s electrical engineering community. I have to say I was impressed with the presentation by Bill Lane of Siemens Canada.

The Cerberus Pro fire alarm panels come in 2 configurations and an annunciator panel. These are just a few of the high points these panel can deliver;

  • Two new control panels the FC924 with 252 devices, and the FC922 with 504 devices. Both are networkable, have optional releasing modules, and 2 NAC’s expandable to 4. Each panel will allow efficient system maintenance thanks to remote analysis and evaluation.
  • Auto Configuration for instant fire detection capability.
  • Remote evaluation and diagnostics for increased service efficiency.
  • Clear text display support intuitive, stress-free operation in case of an event.
  • Reliable detection without false alarms due to 20+ selectable detection profiles, unique forward and backward light scattering technology, and redundant sensors with one detector portfolio to cover all applications from clean to dirty. “No False Alarm Guarantee” on all addressable ASA detectors.
  • Flexible, scalable fire protection system can be adapted to new conditions and expanded at a later point in time.
  • ASA detectors are selectable as multi-criteria fire, heat, smoke, and CO life safety detectors.

These panels will be able to service the small to medium sized projects coming up over the next few years, and Bill let slip that they will have voice capability added sometime in 2014! If you want to know more about these great panels you can contact Jasen Campbell in our office. He’ll be glad to answer any questions, or send any additional information you might want.

There is protection within the herd!



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