Why Hire a Consultant?

health and safety Jul 12, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the benefits of outsourcing your occupational safety and health practices would be? We understand it can be a tough decision whether to appoint a health and safety professional internally, outsource to a third party or use a mixture of both, so we thought we’d take time to share some of the benefits of hiring a consultant, like us.

The Benefits

  • An independent pair of eyes might see things a little differently
  • An interim professional can provide cover for periods of absence, such as maternity leave or long-term illness
  • Additional support to complement internal health and safety officers
  • The reassurance of knowing your workforce is in a safe pair of hands with a competent person or team.

Why appoint Hundred Acre?

At Hundred Acre, we help numerous companies comply with legislation and ensure their workforce returns home in the same physical, mental and emotional state as they arrived to work in. While some of our clients appoint us because they haven’t got the resource internally, others have chosen to hire us as additional support for specific projects, or to help them work through situations that have arisen.

Whatever the case, we always start with visiting your site for a bespoke audit, where we consider your people, property and processes, as well as analysing your policies and procedures. By getting to the heart of a business, we’re able to understand the culture and suggest the health and safety services your business needs.

Our fresh pair of eyes as independent consultants always helps to highlight areas for improved safety and health efforts as Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, explains. “I always remember a client who had a good health and safety record and wanted an even better one, they just couldn’t see how to make a difference. By spending some time with their staff and asking the right questions, we came up with some steps to help improve upon their already impressive record.”

We’ve often found that companies need support on an interim basis, whether someone is away from the business for a while or they’re recruiting a new member of staff. As mentioned above in point 2, we can step in as a temporary professional, picking up from where your resource left off. We’re also happy to help support the member of staff returning or joining the company while they settle in, too.

Sometimes companies just need additional resource to help support their in-house health and safety staff, whether on a temporary or permanent basis. This can be for a number of reasons; the employee might work limited hours, they might not have the necessary expertise, or the company might need support that doesn’t warrant recruiting a full-time employee.

Whoever they employ, companies need to know there is a competent person, or people, in charge of their occupational safety and health practices. People sometimes struggle to understand what is meant by competence in our world, and we think the best way to explain it is to reference the HSE’s definition:

“Competence is the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely.”

Our competence in the field comes from years of experience, constantly working to support our clients’ workforce getting home safely and healthily every day. Bridget often says: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” While this is true of our clients when it comes to health and safety, it’s also true for us, which is why there are times we ask experts to support us in other areas and subjects where our knowledge is limited.

One of our passions at Hundred Acre is training. We love to help employees understand the environment in which they work and the risks they’re subjected to. As an external trainer, we’re able to determine the strengths and weaknesses in a workforce that they’re too close to the business to realise. It links back to having an independent pair of eyes to spot potential pitfalls in practices and procedures.

The reason some of our clients choose us over other companies is because they want to work with a local consultant, others choose us because they prefer to work with a small business, rather than a large, potentially more impersonal, firm. It’s the same reason people like to buy from small, independent shops, which is something we’ve always liked doing.

We hope this blog post has given you a few points to think about when it comes to the wellbeing of your employees. If you’re in any doubt about how we can help, please feel free to email us or call us on +44 (0)1933 201103. You can also get in touch via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our Hundred Acre world.

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