Half Time

No not football, half time for 2021. Is it just me or has the first half of 2021 absolutely flown?

Two halves

It has definitely been split into two halves here - the quiet months and the total opposite.

Since the start of May I have spent most of my time heading to London and through that time it’s not just my world that changed.

The whole world started to open up too.

When I first headed to the station at the start of May, the platform and carriages were empty, St Pancras and the tubes too. It was a very surreal time.

This week it has been very different. The buzz is building back.

Time to Reflect

As my most recent contract ends it is a perfect time to reflect on that and also on the first half of the year. On all I have done and all I have achieved. On the lessons learned and on what can be done differently and better.

It doesn’t matter which part of my life it is. The mindset of the continual improvement cycle along with the coach in me are always working.

What about...

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Staying Safe

health and safety Apr 20, 2021

There are few constants in our world. Not least in this last year. You never know what will come next or what the future holds. Staying safe and living every moment has never been more important.

Staying safe has a different meaning for everyone. Protecting yourself, protecting loved ones and protecting all that is around you. Using different characteristics, mindset, processes and strengths from within or from all around.

Challenges

The people around you come and go. Work and clients change and push you due to their own battles and challenges and thanks to everything that happens around you each day, you grow and evolve.

Challenges to your safety come in many forms. At work, at home, personally or professionally and whatever and from wherever; and with that everyone needs somewhere to feel they are always safe.

One day at a time, taking on and fighting every battle and every challenge as they appear.

Something constant

Today marks fifteen years in my safe place.

Whatever happens,...

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Weathering the Storm

health and safety Feb 14, 2020

Last weekend Storm Ciara certainly made her presence known across the UK. One day as I was curled up safely at my desk, outside went from rain, to hail, to rain, to calm, to storm, to snow, to rain, to blue skies and back again. All in the space of a few hours!

While watching everything Ciara could throw at us, it made me think of what it’s like in the world I work in, as a H&S consultant or running a business and working for yourself. While things might not come at you with the speed of a storm, no two days are the same. I genuinely never know what is coming next. What I do know though are there are some skills I hold onto that make each day easier. 

We all need different skills, skills that generally fit into three categories.

  • We need to be technicians, we need the foundation and knowledge of the work we do so that we can even attempt to do our job. To some this is the basics when starting out and to others it’s getting every qualification there is. We keep...
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Time for a New Start

health and safety Sep 12, 2019

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...

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Working with a Health and Safety Consultant

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...

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Managing Risks with Risk Assessments

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...

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Why Hire a Consultant?

health and safety Jul 12, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the benefits of outsourcing your occupational safety and health practices would be? We understand it can be a tough decision whether to appoint a health and safety professional internally, outsource to a third party or use a mixture of both, so we thought we’d take time to share some of the benefits of hiring a consultant, like us.

The Benefits

  • An independent pair of eyes might see things a little differently
  • An interim professional can provide cover for periods of absence, such as maternity leave or long-term illness
  • Additional support to complement internal health and safety officers
  • The reassurance of knowing your workforce is in a safe pair of hands with a competent person or team.

Why appoint Hundred Acre?

At Hundred Acre, we help numerous companies comply with legislation and ensure their workforce returns home in the same physical, mental and emotional state as they arrived to work in. While some of our clients appoint us because they...

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Celebrating Safely

health and safety May 17, 2018

While final preparations are taking place in Windsor to ensure the wedding of the year goes without a hitch, people all over the country are arranging their own parties. Whether large or small, event planning takes plenty of organisation, skill and foresight to ensure it runs smoothly.

While we don’t expect additional police officers and security to be ramped up across the UK like they will be in Windsor, we do still want you to consider the safety of those coming to your events. Remember to assess the risks and put practices in place to minimise them. The HSE has a helpful incidents and emergencies section of their website you should familiarise yourself with before your event, so you’re prepared and ready to act should something go wrong. Take a look now to check if there’s anything you might have missed so far.

Remember to also consider the health implications of street parties and events. Simple measures like putting up gazebos and parasols will shade...

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The Health Jigsaw; a Confusing Puzzle or Simple Balance?

health and safety May 13, 2018

We heard the term “health jigsaw” some time ago now, and it’s really stuck with us. Health is a complex topic as it involves a number of different aspects, so it’s not surprising many of us lose focus and fall off the healthy wagon from time to time.

Thankfully, the days of health being the silent partner in the health and safety industry are long gone, in fact there’s so much going on around occupational health at the moment that it’s difficult to keep up!

The media seems to be full of different health stories these days too; diet, types of diets, diabetes, mental health, exercise, mindfulness and wellbeing… we could go on. With so much information to take on board, it’s easy to get confused, especially as information often contracts advice from other sources.

Recently, we’ve been reading The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. The book looks at four areas of your life, which Dr Chatterjee calls “pillars”;...

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The Importance of Near Miss Reporting

health and safety Mar 20, 2017

Do your employees and colleagues understand the importance of near miss reporting? With Near Miss Day just around the corner, we thought it was an ideal time to discuss the importance of having solid reporting procedures in place.

It’s a sad truth that accidents in the workplace happen, but many of them can easily be avoided with a little forethought. Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, explains. “Most people understand the importance of investigating an accident. When someone has been hurt it’s always important to understand what happened, what could be done differently and what changes can be made from identifying the root causes to prevent it from happening again. The problem is, when you wait for accidents to happen before making changes, someone will have been hurt, or potentially, far worse.

“Investigating all near misses is incredibly important, though it’s often overlooked. By having robust reporting procedures in place,...

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