While we’ve been writing this blog, we’ve always focused on there being no reason for anyone not to make it home in the same state as they arrived to work in. More recently however, inspired by hearing it ourselves, we’ve also thought about the fact that they could arrive home in a better state.
During our years in the occupational safety and health world, the focus has traditionally been on safety though more recently, health has become a big part of the discussions too. In order to improve our health and achieve a better state, we need to consider the mental side of health too, as well as the physical.
Mental health is not a topic many people want to talk about; it’s something that people hide from, avoid and often joke about. Over the last few weeks, mental health has been in the media for numerous reasons and we’re really happy it’s now being talked about so openly. From the Heads Together campaign and the London Marathon, to the sad story...
Have you ever been to an awards ceremony or conference where plaudits have been given to companies for their sustainability achievements? Have you ever noticed that those companies winning projects have sometimes not considered people, or that some might have been hurt or worse as part of those projects? We have, and it always makes us think.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is something that impacts us on a local and global scale, but what exactly does it mean? The Oxford English Dictionary defines sustainability as:
“The avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.”
We can understand why this leads people to think sustainability is all about environmental and ecological factors, but one of the biggest natural resources is often forgotten about; people.
Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, shares her frustration. “Companies and organisation across the globe seem to forget we, as people,...
Do your employees and colleagues understand the importance of near miss reporting? With Near Miss Day just around the corner, we thought it was an ideal time to discuss the importance of having solid reporting procedures in place.
It’s a sad truth that accidents in the workplace happen, but many of them can easily be avoided with a little forethought. Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, explains. “Most people understand the importance of investigating an accident. When someone has been hurt it’s always important to understand what happened, what could be done differently and what changes can be made from identifying the root causes to prevent it from happening again. The problem is, when you wait for accidents to happen before making changes, someone will have been hurt, or potentially, far worse.
“Investigating all near misses is incredibly important, though it’s often overlooked. By having robust reporting procedures in place,...
A fundamental part of managing occupational safety and health is to consider risks, which is why you might be familiar with the term risk assessment. In this blog post, we’ll help you understand more about risk assessments and how to apply them in your business.
We understand many people don’t know where to start when it comes to managing health and safety; they think of it as a minefield. Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, explains: “We don’t know what we don’t know, but when it comes to occupational health and safety, not knowing can potentially cause life-threatening situations. That’s why it’s critical to understand how to identify hazards and evaluate their risk.”
What is a Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is a systematic review of all aspects of your work and business, which identifies hazards and considers the risk associated with them. They exist to protect those involved in your business, and to...
“I’m struggling to believe that it’s been three months since I became an IOSH VP at the Networks Conference last November.” Says Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “I thought three months into the role would be a good time to update everyone on what I’ve been doing.”
“Shortly after the Networks Conference, I attended an induction day at The Grange, led by IOSH CEO, Bev Messinger. I knew a lot about The Grange, the people who work there and all that IOSH does as I’ve been a member for 19 years, though it was great to visit and hear what’s going on at the heart of the institution from its key members of staff.”
“In December, I formed part of the judging panel for the Safety Groups UK Alan Butler and Maurice Adamson Awards. The judging panel met at RoSPA in Birmingham to read through all the entries, and I have to say some of them were fascinating! I...
No one thinks twice about getting help when they break a bone, have a fever or are physically unwell, yet many people are reluctant to talk about mental health issues.
The term “mental health” covers a whole raft of different issues, including lack of sleep, anger, depression, stress, PTSD, panic attacks, eating problems and loneliness, to name but a few. The concerns we all face can be very personal, or they may relate to others and relationships both in or out of work. Whatever the situation, issue or cause, we need to take action as the impact from one area of a person’s life to another can be huge.
We’re delighted to see 2017 has started with so many people thinking about, discussing and raising awareness of mental health issues. IOSH, the government and the IOD are all talking about mental health, which can only be a good thing, especially as this Samaritans report shows suicide numbers are continuing to increase.
The Duke and Duchess of...
Today’s the day we all celebrate the world that we at Hundred Acre love; it’s Winnie The Pooh Day. On this day last year, we talked about the correlations between the characters in A.A. Milne’s much-loved stories and company employees. It soon became our most popular blog post, so we thought we’d continue the theme this year and take inspiration from some of our favourite Winnie The Pooh quotes.
“There’s so much inspiration we can take from Winnie The Pooh quotes for many aspects of our lives.” Explains Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “We’re focusing on linking these quotes to occupational safety and health in this blog post, but we won’t be surprised if you link them to other aspects of your life as well while you’re reading.”
Organisation and Teamwork
Ensuring a safe workplace requires organisation and teamwork, after all safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the...
“It’s been quite a year.” Explains Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “A year that has been punctuated throughout with some significant incidents, which have led to the loss of lives alongside the loss of many well-known faces. It’s a constant reminder that life is short and every day is a blessing to live to the full.
“While many are on holiday this week, I’m sat finishing off the last client days and work of the year. While I do, I can’t help but reflect and ponder a year that has left me with so many reasons to smile. Achieving my Fellowship, becoming VP of IOSH, completing my D of E Diamond challenge and finding a new hobby I’ve loved while doing it, a Hundred Acre adventure and many more reasons too.
“While I might have lots of events that have made me smile, I couldn’t do all of this alone. I have the privilege of working with some wonderful clients and I get to train fantastic delegates on...
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for joy and happiness, when memories are made and laughter is heard everywhere you go. Although this is true for most of us, not everyone has such a lovely time.
Sadly, December is recognised as one of the most dangerous times of the year as we see accident numbers increase significantly year on year, both at home and in work. We would hate your Christmas memories to be tarred by disaster this year, so we’ve compiled our guide to Christmas safety. Our tips are easy to carry out and can potentially be lifesaving.
Test your smoke alarm
Before you do anything this Christmas, test your smoke alarms. With Christmas feasts being prepared and candles being lit, it is crucial that you check your smoke alarm is in full working order.
Place Christmas decorations and cards away from fires and other sources of heat, such as candles, radiators and any burning scents you may have. Remember to keep Christmas...
We love what we do in our Hundred Acre world, though we often meet people who don’t share the same thoughts. For a long time, health and safety has had a bad press and has been promoted by the media as something that stops people having fun. Think “elf and safety”, “safety killjoys” etc. We’ve heard it all.
Thankfully, we’re surrounded by like-minded people at Hundred Acre. People like us, who embrace the world in which we work and are really trying to change the perception of health and safety, and rebrand what we do. It’s encouraging to us that so many people are considering things like sustainability and initiatives such as Safety Differently.
We decided to write about embracing health and safety now as we’ve noticed it’s been used as a new kind of excuse over the last few weeks. We often hear health and safety being used an excuse for many things, especially on the run up to Christmas, however train companies, prisons...