Managing Risks with Risk Assessments

health and safety Mar 03, 2017

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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Embracing Health and Safety

health and safety Nov 24, 2016

We love what we do in our Hundred Acre world, though we often meet people who don’t share the same thoughts. For a long time, health and safety has had a bad press and has been promoted by the media as something that stops people having fun. Think “elf and safety”, “safety killjoys” etc. We’ve heard it all.

Thankfully, we’re surrounded by like-minded people at Hundred Acre. People like us, who embrace the world in which we work and are really trying to change the perception of health and safety, and rebrand what we do. It’s encouraging to us that so many people are considering things like sustainability and initiatives such as Safety Differently.

We decided to write about embracing health and safety now as we’ve noticed it’s been used as a new kind of excuse over the last few weeks. We often hear health and safety being used an excuse for many things, especially on the run up to Christmas, however train companies, prisons...

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Embracing Health and Safety

health and safety Nov 24, 2016

We love what we do in our Hundred Acre world, though we often meet people who don’t share the same thoughts. For a long time, health and safety has had a bad press and has been promoted by the media as something that stops people having fun. Think “elf and safety”, “safety killjoys” etc. We’ve heard it all.

Thankfully, we’re surrounded by like-minded people at Hundred Acre. People like us, who embrace the world in which we work and are really trying to change the perception of health and safety, and rebrand what we do. It’s encouraging to us that so many people are considering things like sustainability and initiatives such as Safety Differently.

We decided to write about embracing health and safety now as we’ve noticed it’s been used as a new kind of excuse over the last few weeks. We often hear health and safety being used an excuse for many things, especially on the run up to Christmas, however train companies, prisons...

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Plan Do Check Act

health and safety Sep 01, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The bank holiday weekend has been and gone, school holidays are nearly over and many of you are busy preparing for the new school year, buying uniforms and labelling numerous items of clothing.

Having enjoyed the summer holiday and spending time with your family, it will soon be back to business as usual as the daily routine sets in. It’s a process most families go through, but it’s also one that could easily be mirrored in business.

Although it’s not the start of a new school year for us at Hundred Acre, September is the start of our new financial year. As our financial year finishes in August, we’ve recently spent time making sure 2015/16 has been can be closed off and preparing for our next 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 all the health and safety procedures you have in place and consider what needs...

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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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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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What can Winnie the Pooh teach us about Health and Safety?

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...

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The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)

health and safety May 31, 2015

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:

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