Podcast: The Health and Safety Superstar

hundred acre Jul 09, 2016

Never one to shy away from a new experience, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, jumped at the chance of being interviewed for a podcast by Miss Make It Happen, Dee Atkins.

Motivational VA, Dee, loves to give businesses a voice through podcasts and felt it was time to interview someone who’s passionate about a topic that often people don’t want to discuss; health and safety. “We’re all a little bit guilty of ‘it’ll never happen to me’,” explains Dee, and she’s right. Too often businesses are reactive rather than proactive when it comes to the wellbeing and safety of their employees.

One of the first things Bridget mentions is that she’s “always been a woman in a man’s world,” which prompts the discussion about why Bridget became interested in health and safety in the first place. You’ll also find out the story behind the company name and hear just how personal the business and...

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Training with Hundred Acre

training Jul 07, 2016

Delivering training courses is a core part of what Hundred Acre does. We love training members of staff across a wide range of health and safety topics to ensure they, and their colleagues, get home healthy and safe every day.

Training is a specific requirement of health and safety legislation, so if you employ people to work for you, legally you must provide them with health and safety training related to the job they will be carrying out. But it’s about so much more than legislation; it’s about making sure your staff return home in the same physical, mental and emotional state as they arrived in.

We can make that happen. We run a variety of engaging training courses that make our delegates sit up and take note. Attendees don’t just find out what they need to do in our sessions, they also learn why. Understanding the why is what makes our training courses so successful and keeps your employees injury free.

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Reflecting on Health and Safety Week 2016

Uncategorized Jun 26, 2016

What a week Health and Safety Week 2016 was! As mentioned in our recent blog posts, we’d really been looking forward to last week for quite a while at Hundred Acre. For most of the week, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, was at ExCel London. While the weather made it challenging to get in and around ExCel, Bridget’s focus was on the events inside. Here are her thoughts on a fantastic week that really got her thinking.

“I’ve been attending the IOSH conferences since 2006,” explains Bridget “and I think on reflection this was possibly my favourite in all those years. I’m not sure if it was the content of the conference and expo or the eyes in which I saw it, but I can tell you I absolutely loved being part of it. Here are some of my highlights:

“Einstein said ‘a day without learning is a day wasted’ and I completely agree. One of the things I love about being a...

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Embracing Health and Safety Week 2016

health and safety Jun 16, 2016

Next week (20th – 24th June 2016) is one of the most exciting weeks of the year for the health and safety industry in the UK; it’s Health and Safety Week 2016.

Naturally we’re big supporters of this year’s Health and Safety Week here at Hundred Acre, just like we were last year. We love the aim of the initiative; to inspire excellence in health and safety, and we’re really looking forward to doing our bit to help inspire others.

It’s no coincidence that the week coincides with the Safety and Health Expo, and the IOSH Conference, both held at the ExcCel in London. Bridget Gilmour, the founder and director of Hundred Acre, will be attending all the sessions she can at both events and is really looking forward to meeting her peers.

Bridget explains: “These events offer a great opportunity to network with old friends and new faces. I’m eager to learn from guest speakers and those I network with, and pass all I’ve learnt on to my team...

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Special Days for Hundred Acre

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2016

Everyone has a time of the year that’s significant to them, and it’s often the case that a time can be special for many reasons. In our Hundred Acre world, June is a wonderful month.

The IOSH Annual Conference is nearly here, as well as the greatest motor race of the year, but there’s also a very special day coming up for Hundred Acre, and its significance means so much to us that we thought we’d share it with you.

This coming Monday, June 6th, is Bridget’s birthday. Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, was born on her grandma’s birthday, which makes the day even more special for her. However, if you ask Bridget about the day she’ll tell you it’s even more significant for her because it was D-Day.

On D-Day (June 6th 1944), allied forces carried out operations intended to safely secure an area of Northern France, starting with Pegasus Bridge, which you can see pictured above left.

Bridget has learnt many things about the...

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Celebrating our Year of Blogging

hundred acre May 10, 2016

On this day last year (11th May 2015), we posted our first Hundred Acre blog post. What a year it’s been! Since our welcome post, our blog has gone from strength to strength, receiving industry recognition and praise from companies worldwide.

We’re delighted that our most popular post was “What can Winnie the Pooh teach us about Health and Safety?” because it really does reflect Hundred Acre. We want everyone to understand health and safety legislation and how different personality types react to policies and procedures. It seems the analogy of comparing individuals in an organisation to the characters of Hundred Acre Wood really has helped people understand personality types in their workplace much better, which we’re thrilled to hear.

For Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, one of the most exciting blog posts was the Winnie the Pooh post as it means so much to her, though undoubtedly the “Chartered Fellowship...

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Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

rememberance days Apr 23, 2016

Every year on 28th April, people around the word recognise International Workers’ Memorial Day. Set up by trade unions and supported by health and safety practitioners, we remember those who were killed through work and renew our energies to do all we can to ensure these tragedies are not repeated.

This year, the theme of the Memorial Day is “strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions”. There is concern that workers aren’t being protected by health and safety laws so unions are working to ensure these laws are being enforced. In the last week there have also been concerns raised by unions about content of the ISO 45001 draft international standard that is due to be published later in the year.

At Hundred Acre, we live by the International Workers’ Memorial Day’s slogan to “remember the dead: fight for the living” on a daily basis. We strive to make sure everyone gets home in the same physical and mental state as they arrived to...

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Celebrating Life this Easter

health and safety Mar 23, 2016

Contrary to popular opinion, Easter isn’t about how much chocolate can be consumed and time off work; it’s about so much more than that. At Hundred Acre, we look at the bigger picture and focus on the importance of spending time with your loved ones to celebrate life.

Whether you’re religious or not, you’ll no doubt understand why the Easter period exists. Although commercialised over time, the message Easter brings is to celebrate life, which is what we strive for every day in our health and safety practices.

“Over recent weeks I have supported a couple of people following some significant incidents.” Explains Bridget, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “Some resulted in injuries and others just stopped work for a time. These incidents always hit hard and make me reflect on what I do and why. Now more then ever, the clients I work with focus on their staff when thinking about managing health and safety. While there are many positive...

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Recognition on International Women’s Day

Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, has been recognised by The HSE Recruitment Network for her work in health and safety this International Women’s Day. You can read the full interview on LinkedInhere.

“I’m delighted to be celebrating International Women’s Day today; a day that highlights the plights and achievements of women across the world.” Explains Bridget. “I feel honoured and privileged that The HSE Recruitment Network has chosen to acknowledge my career to date and I hope it inspires other women to become part of the industry I love.”

If you would like to discuss any aspect of health and safety, whether you’d like advice about being a woman in engineering or would like to enquire about health and safety for your business, please call us today on +44 (0)1933 201103 or alternatively, contact us via our contact form.

Recognising Women in Safety – The HSE Recruitment Network.

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Chartered Fellowship – The Pinnacle of my Career

“Today my world, and Hundred Acre’s world, has changed dramatically.” Explains Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “I’m delighted to tell you that I have been accepted into the Fellowship of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and have therefore become a Fellow.

“Being granted fellowship status really does mean the world to me. Chartered Fellowship is the pinnacle of the health and safety profession and therefore it’s not something that’s given lightly by our peers.

“To be considered for the interview stage, you must have completed an application that demonstrates an outstanding contribution to health and safety with plenty of proof of your involvement in practices, including active roles in professional bodies, consultative committees or working parties, the IOSH positions you have held and any voluntary practices you’ve carried out.

“The panel also look for your dedication and...

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