Embracing Health and Safety

health and safety Nov 24, 2016

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...

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A Day to Remember: Armistice Day

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2016

Armistice Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in all wars. It’s also a day to honour the new generation of veterans who need our support.

This year, The Royal British Legion launched their poppy appeal with the tag line Live On: To the Memory of the Fallen and the Future of the Living. Just as it’s important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we couldn’t agree more with this sentiment at Hundred Acre.

Earlier this year, Bridget Gilmour, the founder and director of Hundred Acre, took some time to reflect on Somme100; 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. Having visited the area of Northern France a few years ago, Bridget reflects: “The Battle of the Somme wounded and killed over a million men, and the first day of the battle remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. Considering the time we’re now in, as these significant anniversaries occur it seems right and proper that we now not only remember...

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It’s all Change at the IOSH AGM

November 1st 2016 marked yet another truly amazing day in Hundred Acre’s history. In September, we told you that Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, was awarded the prestigious position of Vice President of IOSH, now almost two months later, Bridget’s new role will begin.

Yesterday, the IOSH AGM took place and those in key roles were formally changed over. Bridget, of course, was officially appointed as Vice President, as well as Michelle Muxworthy. They will join existing VPs Declan Gibney, Liz Skelton, Vincent Ho and Andrew Sharman. Graham Parker will also be appointed as the next IOSH President.

“For a number of years a variety of people around IOSH have asked me to step up and consider another role.” Explains Bridget. “This year I decided to do something about it, so I applied to become a Vice President and well, the rest is history!

“I’m honoured and humbled that IOSH council members voted for me...

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Adventures in Hundred Acre Wood

winnie the pooh Oct 26, 2016

To honour 90 years of the wonderful world of our namesake, Hundred Acre, we decided to go on an adventure fit for a storyline in one of A.A. Milne’s books.

Just 30 miles south of London lies Ashdown Forest; the place in which Hundred Acre Wood was created. We were joined by Piglet and Pooh who wanted to visit a few of their favourite places and take some time to reflect. Here’s their story.

Piglet and Pooh’s Day of Fun

Piglet and Pooh were so excited to play pooh sticks again that even the long walk didn’t dampen their spirits.

When they got to Pooh Sticks Bridge, they eagerly collected sticks and began to play. Thankfully they did remember the last rule of pooh sticks; falling in the water is SAD (silly and daft.)

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Pooh and Piglet kept their eyes peeled for Heffalumps and Woozles along the way…

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… but although they didn’t find any, they did see lots of wonderful giant oak trees.

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Sadly, they didn’t find the North Pole again,...

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90 Years and Counting: Time to Celebrate

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2016

2016 has been a year of celebrations for Hundred Acre, and October is no exception. To coincide with a very special day in our world, we’re marking the occasion with a trip to an amazing place that has brought happiness to millions of people across the world.

On 14th October 1926, A.A. Milne’s much-loved bear, Winnie the Pooh, was introduced to the world as his first adventure was published. It’s no secret that our company name derives from Winnie the Pooh, as founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, openly admits in a recent podcast.

“I wanted to find a company name that I liked,” explains Bridget. “Hundred Acre is very personal to me as it’s where Piglet lives, and Piglet was my nickname growing up. Once I realised that my safe place could become everyone else’s safe place, I knew what I needed to call my company.”

To celebrate 90 years of Winnie the Pooh and the place he and his friends call home, we’re visiting Ashdown...

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CSSE Professional Development Conference 2015

csse Sep 24, 2016

Everyone has milestones of the year they look forward to, the events that are added to a diary from one year to the next. The CSSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) is one of those highlights of the year for Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour. The annual trip to Canada to be amongst the foremost health and safety professionals in the world and be inspired is simply too great an opportunity to miss.

Having just returned from the 2015 conference, Bridget is keen to talk about the week, despite the jetlag: “I always meet so many inspirational people at conference; both speakers and delegates. Sharing stories as health and safety professionals always interests and inspires me, and I never stop learning from them.”

The CSSE PDC is about so much more than talking though. From Sunday to Wednesday, delegates attend keynotes, workshops and presentations, learning about new topics, development of standards, hearing stories...

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Bridget becomes an IOSH Vice President

On Wednesday 7th September, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, was awarded the prestigious position of Vice President of IOSH, voted for by members of the IOSH Council.

“I’m in shock.” Explains Bridget. “I’m truly honoured to have been selected by the IOSH Council to undertake a Vice Presidents position for the next three years. When I decided to put myself forward, I thought my chances of being appointed were slim as I was not already a member of the IOSH Council, but it felt right to apply.

“The reality of achieving Vice President status is a truly amazing feeling. I can’t thank the council enough for selecting me to carry out such an important role for the Institution. I’m incredibly proud to join newly appointed Michelle Muxworthy, and existing VPs, Declan Gibney, Liz Skelton, Vincent Ho and Andrew Sharman to support the Presidential Team.”

As well as congratulating Michelle on her successful...

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Plan Do Check Act

health and safety Sep 01, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The bank holiday weekend has been and gone, school holidays are nearly over and many of you are busy preparing for the new school year, buying uniforms and labelling numerous items of clothing.

Having enjoyed the summer holiday and spending time with your family, it will soon be back to business as usual as the daily routine sets in. It’s a process most families go through, but it’s also one that could easily be mirrored in business.

Although it’s not the start of a new school year for us at Hundred Acre, September is the start of our new financial year. As our financial year finishes in August, we’ve recently spent time making sure 2015/16 has been can be closed off and preparing for our next year in business.

Just like preparing for your children to go back to school or moving into a new financial year, this is a perfect time to take a look at all the health and safety procedures you have in place and consider what needs...

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Home is where the Heart is

working from home Aug 04, 2016

Many people work from home these days, but whether you’re employed, freelancing or running your own business, health and safety legislation is applicable.

Sadly, many homeworkers don’t actually realise health and safety applies to them. Although most homeworkers will set up a workstation, the likelihood is many of them won’t set theirs up correctly. Incorrect posture at your desk can cause irreversible damage and untold problems for the rest of your life, so why risk it?

While we encourage each and every one of you to be aware of your working position, employers do have a responsibility to look after their staff wherever they’re working. They have to consider lone working, the equipment they provide, electrical safety, as well as workstations and display screen equipment (DSE.)

“I’ve completed so many DSE assessments in workplaces where the set up was not as it should be.” Explains Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour....

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Working Outside this Summer

With the temperatures soaring across the UK this week, it seems a very apt time to be talking about the effects working outside in high temperatures during summer months can have on employees. All too often, employers and staff don’t consider the risks of being exposed to the sun, UV rays or high temperatures, so we’re making it our mission to educate as many people as possible this summer.

It’s true that blue skies and sunshine brighten any day for most of us. Whether against the crispest snow or a field of sunflowers, it seems to make people feel happier and smile more. However, working in the heat of summer is not quite the same as spending time outside with the family, whether camping, enjoying picnics, spending days out, or just relaxing at home in your garden.

Safety is about considering hazards, managing risk and having your procedures in place to control all you can, and the weather should play a large part in considerations all the time, not...

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