Living by our Values

values Oct 18, 2017

We often hear the word “values” being bandied around in business these days, so this World Values Day, we thought we’d explain why they matter to us and how we live by them in our Hundred Acre world.

As the World Values Day website explains:

“Values are the things that are important to us. [. . .] They are deeply held principles that guide our choices and behaviours and influence our emotions. Values are the core of who we are. They are our motivators, our drivers, the passion in our hearts and the reason why we do the things we do.”

By understanding and then assigning values to a business, you give the company an identity and employees a guide of social conduct to work to. To truly embed values in business practices, all staff members, supply chains and sub-contractors need to create habits and behaviours that bring the values to life. The same principles as to embed safety into a company too.

Some companies have mission statements or company visions...

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Smiles all Round this World Smile Day

mental health Oct 05, 2017

Today is World Smile Day and it’s got us thinking: do we ever really know what’s going on in other people’s worlds? We log onto our favourite social media sites and see our friends, family and colleagues all having a wonderful time, and we’re happy for them because we believe that’s true.

In reality, many people paint an online picture of their lives that isn’t necessarily a true reflection of the life they live. Instead, they show a snapshot of a moment they want to capture and share with everyone, which often portrays a lifestyle they aspire to have, rather than the life they actually lead.

This perceived reality can be very damaging to a person’s mental health. Even an incredibly happy, fulfilled individual can feel somewhat inadequate in areas of their life after a quick look online. Some social media, coupled with frequent reports of untimely deaths of people many of us look up to, and the heart-breaking statistics of suicide, can have...

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So many People to Thank!

csse Sep 22, 2017

After another amazing and truly inspiring CSSE Professional Development Conference (PDC), Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, couldn’t wait to tell us all about it.

“The entrance to Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park looked stunning from my hotel room window every morning. I imagine many people wouldn’t understand why I only managed to walk around the parks harbour Vancouver Harbour - BCRSP’s 40th anniversary cruisewall once, but my time was limited thanks to the fantastic sessions planned by this year’s PDC planning committee. The content of these sessions were so engaging that it was really difficult to decide which of the 40+ to attend.

“Being at the CSSE PDC has been an integral part of my year since I first attended in 2008. Many people know the significance of that week in Quebec City on my Hundred Acre world and this last year’s visit, my 9th PDC, has also been exceptional. There are so many highlights to recall and it’s going to take quite a time to...

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CSSE Professional Development Conference 2017 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

csse Sep 21, 2017

In a fast moving and ever-changing world, few things are constant. For ten years though, one thing has been firmly set in our calendar: the CSSE conference. We’re just home from this year’s conference feeling inspired and motivated, if a little bit jet-lagged!

From the opening ceremony to the closing words and everything in between, this year’s CSSE PDC was a fantastic success, and a place where many memories were made.

“Wherever you are on your personal journey, the key messages or learnings you take away from a conference will vary.” Explains Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “What’s important is taking time to consider, apply, reflect and discuss what you’ve heard and learnt. This year, I’ve done that by the bucketful.”

Returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia, completed a full circle for Bridget. When the CSSE conference was last held in Halifax, it was 2010 and our Hundred Acre world was very different....

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IOSH Vice President: A Reflection of Bridget’s First Year

“September marks a year since I presented to the IOSH Council” explains Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, “and much to my surprise, I was successful in being selected as one of the vice presidents of IOSH for the next three years. While it’s not quite a year since I took up the position in November 2016, it feels like a good time to reflect.

“At this council meeting, I’ll be on the other side of the process. I’ll be part of making the decision as all of council watch those who’ve put themselves forward for joining the presidential team present to us. 

“As a vice president, you’re very much an influential member of IOSH and being part of the presidential team has been the true highlight of my year. Many people focus on the individual role of president of IOSH, though this is a team of nine working together to increase awareness and improve occupational safety and health standards...

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Improving Workstation Health

Uncategorized Sep 07, 2017

We’re used to answering questions and comments about office safety being a low risk environment to work in, here in our Hundred Acre world. While we agree that working in an office doesn’t have the same level of risk as a traditionally high risk environment, there are areas that shouldn’t be ignored.

One of the main risks for office-based personnel is using display screen equipment. There aren’t many of us who don’t use a computer for at least some of our workday, and while an average workstation has changed quite dramatically since the introduction of the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, the requirements for them haven’t.

Call centres and offices are often considered to be modern day sweat shops, with employees often chained to their desks as their roles are predominantly computer-based. Whether the member of staff is based in the office or working remotely, employers have the same requirements. The equipment they...

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Tropic at Hundred Acre

tropic Aug 29, 2017

There’s a new corner in our Hundred Acre world and we’re incredibly excited about it. We’ve been talking, planning and generally falling in love with it, so we thought we’d share what it’s all about with you.

You all know Hundred Acre is a health and safety consultancy and we love working with our clients to look after their staff and make sure everyone gets home at the end of the day. Our founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, is most definitely a safety engineer through and through, but she’s also quite possible the girliest engineer we know. She makes no secret of enjoying time out, spa days, being pampered and the odd glass of something lovely; just like we all should, she makes time to recharge her batteries.

That being said, it’s probably not too surprising that Bridget has fallen in love with Tropic Skincare products. Tropic’s brand and beliefs are all about pure, honest and effective products. Their thinking around innovation,...

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Protect Yourself and Cover Up this Summer

The weather has been glorious in the UK recently; beautiful bright blue skies with the occasional light cloud passing through. Fast forward a couple of weeks to the summer holidays and typically the great British weather turns to skies full of light grey clouds, occasional rainfall and plenty of wind.

Thankfully this doesn’t put most of us off from going outside and enjoying all there is to offer. We love hearing people talk about their upcoming camping trips, days out, family picnics and barbecues, and seeing how these activities make them smile and feel happy.

It’s not just our outdoor leisure pursuits we need to consider protection for this summer, but our thousands upon thousands of workers who spend most of their hours outside, whatever the weather. Although it might sound lovely to work outside when the weather’s nice, it does come with some significant health risks as IOSH’s No Time To Lose campaign explains.

Did you know that 80% of the radiation...

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Collaborating with The Health Kick

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2017

Here at Hundred Acre, we’re always thinking about health as well as safety, and that’s why we’ve recently teamed up with The Health Kick. The Health Kick, run by personal trainer and nutritionist, Louise Mercieca, considers health, nutrition and fitness at work and at home, so there’s a natural link between our companies.

The Health Kick takes a holistic approach to fitness and nutrition, helping us be fit, strong and healthy as a way of life, rather than a temporary fix. Their body composition analysis considers specifics about nutrition and fitness tailored to your needs, which Louise turns into an exercise and nutrition plan to fit in with busy lifestyles.

Louise has always been keen on exercise and interested in food, but over the last few years she’s become more astonished and fascinated by the crucially important yet often overlooked role that food has on our overall health. Louise doesn’t advocate diets or short-term solutions. Instead, she...

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

hundred acre Jun 29, 2017

Can you believe the first half of 2017 is drawing to a close? We’re struggling to get our heads around it here in our Hundred Acre world, though looking back, we’ve packed a lot into the first six months.

So far, 2017 has been amazing. We’ve been working with new and established clients, developing and implementing safety management systems and delivering training courses. We’ve also been answering and supporting as many organisations as we can with their questions, as well as building relationships with other like minded businesses, some of which we’ll be talking about soon.

Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, has continued to love what she does and has really embraced her role as VP of IOSH. Needless to say there have been a few adventures along the way for Bridget so far this year, and she’s looking forward to more as 2017 progresses!

As the calendar turns to July this weekend, we’ll be thinking of our ASSE...

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