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...
Watching the pictures from Paris last night I hoped it wasn’t real. Waking up and checking today my heart broke.
Remembering the fires at Windsor Castle, York Minster, the Cutty Sark, twice at the Glasgow School of Art and with the eyes of the world on Paris, I understand why questions are being asked about renovations of buildings this morning.
Whatever the cause, so much has been lost. Whether it was preventable, writing this I don’t really care. It has sadly happened. What I do care about though is what can we can do to make sure it stops here. I don’t want to think more iconic places I love will be lost.
Seeing the outpouring of grief and the support for something beautiful we have lost I also wish we had the same outpouring for so much damage we are causing the world around us every single day.
Whether fire or another cause, we all really must look after the world we love and every single part of it. I’m not a specialist when it comes to fire,...
This week has not been an average one in our Hundred Acre world. After training on Monday Bridget got on a train and headed for Paris.
On Wednesday the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability,CSHS’s, 4th Human Capital workshop was held at L’Oreal’s headquarters in Paris. Bridget attended as part of the CSSE’s Sustainability Committee.
The day was filled with presentations, discussions and workshops. Speakers from Google, Nike, BNP Paribas, CIPD, GRI and a whole host of others spoke alongside CSSE, ASSP and IOSHabout their perspectives of the topic.
From Bridget, “I am so thrilled I was able to attend this event. It has been amazing to be here. Having been a part of the CSSE committee since it was formed, the conversation today has been on a different level to anything I have been part of before.
Human capital is all about people but it’s not just about employees. It’s anyone a company has responsibility for. Think the gig economy and...
Wherever you are in the world and whether you watch the news or not – it’s hard to not be exposed to some of the truly heart-breaking and unimaginable events that have been occurring around the globe in recent weeks.
Suicides, natural disasters and one significant event that has hit us hard here in Hundred Acre. We were devastated by the news from New Zealand. We aren’t really sure why it hit us so hard, but one thing has stood out. As we have joined with our international friends in grieving the overwhelming and heartbreakingly unnecessary loss, we’ve been reminded what a true, great leader looks like in Jacinda Ardern. Ardern is leading her nation through its darkest days and has done so showing incredible rawness, empathy, understanding and unwavering support. How inspiring and assuring to see a world leader with such integrity, an incredible amount emotional intelligence and humbling compassion. Three less commonly recognised but, in our opinion,...
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....
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 must adhere to such as providing drinking water, rest and welfare facilities, but there’s so much more that can be done.
Whether you are someone who thinks January was a long month or like us you can’t quite believe where it has gone. January has indeed gone, and a new month is here.
Photo: A stunning looking day in London – Bridget on the terrace with Dr Karen McDonnell, from RoSPA and Past President of IOSH, and Michelle Muxworthy, a fellow VP.
Throughout January and as sat writing this the sprinklings of snow have reminded us it is winter as without them it might not have been clear. Just like the weather, work has been a complete mixture too. Client days mixed in with time to review our systems and processes. Dealing with requests including lots of training that are filling the diary for the coming months along with more client days and adventures that you know we will share when they happen.
January also meant the start of volunteering for Bridget Gilmour for both IOSH and CSSE in a number of ways, though a couple of events have stood out.
For three years now as part of her role as...
In 2008 when the decision was made to set up in business an equally hard decision was what it would be called. Little did our Founder and Director Bridget Gilmour know when the name was chosen the impact it would have on her life and we all now know as her Hundred Acre world.
Every year on author A A Milnes birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh day celebrates the world that inspired our name. A perfect time to sit, enjoy a smackerel of something, and ponder….
More than ever before we are inspired by the characters and the magic they bought generations. Created for A A Milnes son Christopher Robin these characters are so much more than children’s characters. The books and the more recent films have shown even more magic with the different sides to all of their personalities that we refer to in so much in our world. This is definitely something we will be looking into more to keep learning.
It’s more than just the personalities. There are so many lessons we can all learn....
We are frequently asked about what we do and why we do it, not everyone understands health and safety and occasionally some don’t want to. We understand that so for this blog we thought we would go back to the start.
Putting it simply, we work with clients to look after their people. We can hear Bridget saying “It is not acceptable for someone to not get home safely at the end of each day. There is absolutely no reason why every father, mother, son and daughter shouldn’t make it home at the end of the day in the same, if not better, physical and mental state as they arrive.”
Traditionally health and safety companies have focused on the ‘S’. We recognise there is an ‘H’ too. As it was said to us recently ‘it’s more than just hard hats and checklists!’ We have a feeling that quote will be used quite a lot in the future.
One of our favourite things people say about what we do is that we are passionate. We have already...
Since this blog started New Year has been a time for reflection. This year the prospect of writing this weighed heavy, that was until our Founder and Director Bridget Gilmour started to type. This year has been an interesting one. Politics has taken over our world. We have no idea what the future holds and there have been challenges beyond belief.
Over to Bridget….
“Even sat talking with friends as Christmas drew close many commented that my year had not been good. I knew what they meant! Some challenges take over when you are going through them and looking back at the year it felt the same.
Yet sitting to ponder, reflect and type – letting negativity take a back seat – oh wow… 2018 – you have actually been the most amazing year! This year has been a year of change, a year of adventures, and most importantly a year of being truer and more authentic than ever.
Professionally I keep growing. In September I presented the IOSH No Time To Lose...