This may seem like a strange question at first, but there are more similarities between the characters in Hundred Acre Wood and health and safety than you might think. To mark Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January, we wanted to take a closer look at our namesake to see what we could learn from its inhabitants.
Let’s consider the characters of Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh; dependable, easy-going and a friend to everyone. Christopher Robin; a sensible boy with a voice of reason. Eeyore; a depressed soul with a woeful attitude. Tigger; enthusiastic, lively and full of fun. Rabbit; a perfectionist who always follows rules. Piglet; an obedient character who loves order and decency.
But what’s this got to do with your organisation, and in particular, health and safety?
Chances are you can relate these characters to your members of staff. Your MD probably resembles Christopher Robin, you’ll more than likely have at least one negative employee who can’t see the...
Smart business owners know that if they look after their people, their company thrives, but how do you look after the wellbeing of employees? At Hundred Acre, we consider people first. We can help you understand the health implications of your workplace and work with you to develop bespoke improvement strategies, tailored to your business.
A healthy, happy, motivated workforce is the key to a profitable business, but with an average person spending more than 40 hours a week at work, it can be difficult to keep morale high. When morale drops, mental and emotional health suffers, which leads to accidents, injuries and sickness, which any business can ill-afford.
By putting health and wellbeing at the top of your agenda, you show your staff how valued they are, which automatically boosts morale. There are certain responsibilities companies have to adhere to such as providing drinking water, rest and welfare facilities, but there’s so much more that can be done.
If you want the best health and safety management advice, the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) is a great place to look for support. The register only lists consultants who’ve met set standards within their professional bodies, so you’ll find plenty of highly trained and skilled health and safety experts listed, including Bridget Gilmour from Hundred Acre.
The register was set up in response to the government’s Common Sense, Common Safety report in 2010 to help businesses across the UK find health and safety management advice. Realising the benefits the register could bring to businesses nationwide, Bridget joined OSHCR when it was established as she is a chartered member of IOSH.
Knowing your health and safety advice comes from a member of OSCHR can give you plenty of reassurance. As well as being bound by their professional body’s code of conduct, consultants are committed to providing sensible and proportional advice, such as:
Welcome to the new website for Hundred Acre.
Since Hundred Acre was incorporated in 2008 things have kept changing and evolving. This new website is part of that. We like to think our website is a little bit different and that’s because we’re different. When we talk about health and safety, we really do mean health as much as safety. Our mission is for everyone to go home at the end of the day in the same physical, mental and emotional state as they arrived.
Throughout the site you’ll find information about us and our services and this blog will be our way of keeping you informed about all-things health and safety. News, views, thoughts and opinions from our Hundred Acre world and beyond.
Although we hope you find this information useful, we truly believe the best way to see how we can help is to get in touch. Peace of mind is not far away.
Hundred Acre founder, Bridget Gilmour, is delighted to launch the new website: "The last six and a half years have been...