It’s that time of year, our annual trip to Canada, this year to Winnipeg.
Anyone who has read this blog before knows that the CSSE PDC is an event we love and that it holds the most special place in our heart. Once again, it did not disappoint.
In his opening keynote, Mike Downie spoke of the power of a story. He said “It’s never too late to start a new story. It might be the most important chapter.” Well this chapter was a pretty good one. Sharing time, dinners, learnings, lessons, hugs – believe it that throughout these five days at least one of those is never far away.
It wasn’t the first time our world had been to Winnipeg, the first was as part of a trip in 2007, stepping off the Canadian trans Canada train for just a few minutes for some air. This visit though allowed opportunity to explore and there was only one priority. Assiniboine Park is a short ride from downtown. In the centre of the park is a statue dedicated to a very...
September always feels notably different to August; September feels like new start. The summer holidays are over; a new school year has begun and there’s been a definite change of weather.
September isn’t the start of a new school year for us at Hundred Acre, but it is the start of our new financial year. As our year changes, we take time to make sure the last year can be closed off and we look ahead to our new 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 where you’re at in your business. With so much going on in the year, it’s always good to use some times as a marker, to check and refresh. Most business systems, including health and safety management systems, need to follow a cycle to be successfully implemented. Whether your business follows the OHSAS 18001, HS(G)65, ISO 45001 or any other standards, they all follow the same...
It’s the end of August which means it’s the end of our Hundred Acre year – Year 11 in our Hundred Acre world. The last working day of the month and as we have done every year of our blog, it’s time to reflect on all that has happened.
This year has had so many amazing moments to cherish but is also a year that has taught me the most. There is very little in my world that was here as I entered year eleven, and the reality is, that’s why it is so good now.
September started as it does every year, with conference time. I presented at the CSSE PDC in Niagara Falls. Last year more than ever, being at CSSE really did feel like I was at home. It’s almost time to go “home” for a visit again and I can’t wait to be at the next PDC in Winnipeg.
Through the Autumn, client work continued to fill my days and around it I started to really invest in me. This last year...
We really aren’t sure where it has gone but another year of adventures has passed.
This weekend we are off to reflect, to celebrate, to raise our overflowing glasses to us and to all who support us.
We will share our reflections another time so for now – where’s the cake? x
The main image of this blog was from our special tenth birthday celebrations last year, we love it so much we couldn’t resist sharing it again.
As health and safety consultants the recent HSE paper “Understanding the impact of business to business health and safety rules” has made interesting reading. Our initial focus has been the parts on external resources and the impact they have on business.
The paper considers where the rules come from and the impact they have. It also considers the burden there is on businesses. In our Hundred Acre world we are fully aware that there is a huge amount involved in running a business. There are the parts we know, the parts we learn and the parts we have external support to help us to manage. That’s exactly where consultants like us fit with helping clients to understand what they don’t know about health and safety.
One item the report quotes as a source of burden is as follows,
‘The overall value of third-party advice to duty holders can be compromised where a segment of the market delivers advice that is neither tailored to the user nor (in some...
We never quite know what weather summer brings in the UK, this time of year though is a very apt time to be talking about the effects working outside can have.
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 least at this time of year. We know we can...
July – how did that happen? So much has happened but how can it now be the second half of 2019? Reflection is something Bridget loves to do and the first half of 2019 needs lots of reflection…
At the start of the year, Bridget set some new goals for her year:
Looking back, those goals have all manifested in her world and come true.
There have been some dramatic changes in Bridget’s world over the last six months. Some changes in clients, moving away from some of the long-standing roles she has held and creating some new circles. All of which have bought a new calm.
Serenity was a dream and it is only hindsight that highlights a change. Some environments were in fact creating turmoil in her Hundred Acre world. Being surrounded by less toxicity and negativity has bought a different balance, serenity is being achieved.
To live within your means can mean many different things to different people. When...
Those of you who frequently read this blog will know we post about a number of different things relating to our Hundred Acre world, which naturally include topics around safety and health and not always in the traditional sense.
We also post personal pieces too, and as World Wellbeing Week draws to a close, we were drawn to writing another personal piece about the impact of bullying and this time the importance of putting wellbeing first.
Bullying doesn’t just happen to children and young people in school, at college or in clubs; it happens in workplaces and families across the world. It doesn’t come in any specific form, though from what we can tell as we keep sharing and talking, it happens far too frequently. If you’re repeatedly ignored or excluded, overlooked or blocked for roles and opportunities, intimidated or picked on whether in private or in front of others, given impossible deadlines, criticised, shouted at or demeaned, the chances are it’s...
It’s been a while since we talked about what we do in our Hundred Acre world, so we thought we’d refresh your memory. Hopefully you’ll know that we’re an occupational safety and health consultancy, but chances are that you probably don’t know how that transpires into the services we offer.
First and foremost, Hundred Acre is our safe place. It has been since 2008, and our vision is to make it everyone’s safe place. By spending time with your key personnel and truly understanding your business, we’re able to deliver bespoke, flexible health and safety solutions that fulfil your legal obligations and ensure everyone returns home from work in the same physical and mental state as they arrived.
“The knowledge and passion of the trainer helped me learn much more than I anticipated and has made me question things within my role. “
– IOSH Managing Safely Delegate
Training is our favourite part of the job and an area...
A note from Bridget Gilmour, our Founder and Director…
It’s my birthday today. A landmark day for anyone, but for me, this year is different. It’s a time for real celebration, a time for reflection on the journey I’ve taken (and goodness what a journey it’s been) and a time to look forward to the future. I’m going to share my story and the realisations that led me to start living unapologetically, authentically me in every area of life.
Earlier this year, I went to a retreat in Bali, organised by Mel Wells. It was something I’d always wanted to experience but previously my diary had not allowed it. I booked on after attending a summit that Mel ran, and in that moment it was announced I just knew that I needed to go, it was time to invest in me. The dates aligned perfectly to my diary, so I did it. It was honestly the best gift I’ve ever given myself. Bali was the ideal place for a complete timeout. On that retreat, with the time...