REHIS News

LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) has established a project to review policy to drive achievement of a reduction of exposure to lead in drinking water. The project seeks to identify enablers and strengthen or introduce mechanisms with a range of stakeholders and influencers for the removal of lead service pipes and plumbing.

FOOD STANDARDS SCOTLAND REGULATORY STRATEGY PUBLISHED

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have published their Regulatory Strategy setting out the organisation’s central role in supporting and regulating the food sector in Scotland.

This is following a consultation where the FSS asked respondents for their views on the draft regulatory strategy. Respondents were broadly supportive of the proposed regulatory approach, and provided detailed views on areas of possible change highlighted in the consultation.

REHIS PUBLICATION REVIEW SURVEY

REHIS’s Environmental Health Promotion Committee is inviting members to participate in their publication review survey and submit their views regarding the Institute’s publications.

The Institute produces a number of publications.

The highest profile of these publications is the quarterly journal Environmental Health Scotland and over the past few years have also published a monthly electronic newsletter.

A variety of other documents are published on a more ad hoc basis promoting the Institute and/or environmental health more generally.

BREXIT THREATENS ENVIRONMENTAL AMBITION

The Scottish and Welsh environment ministers have pledged to work together to resist the UK Government’s attempt to take control of devolved powers.

Environment Roseanna Cunningham met with her Welsh counterpart Lesley Griffiths in Cardiff to discuss their concerns that the EU Withdrawal Bill will damage efforts to protect and enhance the environment.

EDINBURGH NAPIER RESEARCHERS REPORT ON LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION AND ILLNESS

Scientists at Edinburgh Napier have revealed that air pollution can make people more vulnerable to infection.

A team led by immunology expert Dr Peter Barlow has demonstrated for the first time that nano-sized particles found in traffic fumes can damage the immune system’s ability to kill viruses and bacteria.

While the potential link between air pollution and illness has been the subject of much debate, the work at Edinburgh Napier University is the first to show this effect and has significant human health implications.

POWERS GIVEN TO GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL TO TACKLE HOUSING IN GOVANHILL

Additional powers have been given to Glasgow City Council to tackle housing conditions in the private rented sector in Govanhill.

An application has been approved to designate a further 14 tenement blocks in Govanhill as an Enhanced Enforcement Area (EEA). It follows a previous EEA granted in the area in 2015 covering four tenement blocks.

BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS

Scotland achieved Officially Tuberculosis Free Status (OTF) in September 2009. OTF is recognition of the relatively low and stable incidence of TB found in Scottish herds. This status also provided the Scottish Government with the flexibility to design a dedicated and original TB surveillance programme for the Scottish national herd and as a result, 1 January 2012 saw the introduction of a new risk-based TB testing policy in Scotland whereby ‘low risk’ herds became exempt from four-yearly routine herd testing.

CLIMATE WEEK 2017

Organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to host events and raise awareness of the impact of climate change as part of Climate Week 2017.

Running from 18–22 September, Scotland’s Climate Week will highlight the actions people and organisations can take together to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL FINED FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY BREACHES

West Lothian Council has been fined £10,000 for health and safety failings, which left a worker with severe injuries.

The local authority pleaded guilty to a single charge under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Livingston Sheriff Court.

The court heard on 9 July 2013 a painter for the council was painting external window frames in Bathgate. The ladder he was on slid away from the wall and he fell more than four metres. The painter suffered serious injuries to his left hip and leg and eight fractures to his knee.

STEC IN SCOTLAND 2016

STEC in Scotland 2016 Health Protection Scotland (HPS) have published a surveillance report for “STEC in Scotland 2016: enhanced surveillance and reference laboratory date”. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), also known as Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC), are a group of bacteria which can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans.

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