REHIS News

GLASGOW TO INTRODUCE SCOTLAND’S FIRST LOW EMISSION ZONE BY 2018

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that work is already underway to implement the country’s first low emission zone (LEZ).

Glasgow City Council is partnering with the Scottish Government to prepare the LEZ design and proposals that will improve air quality in Glasgow.

NEW ADVICE ON EATING RUNNY EGGS

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has published revised advice to consumers on eating raw or lightly cooked eggs.

Young children, pregnant woman and the elderly can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of practice.

GLASGOW CITY CENTRE COMMERCIAL WASTE PILOT TO BE ROLLED OUT ACROSS CITY

Glasgow City Council‘s pilot project to tackle issues around commercial waste in the city centre is to be rolled out in phases across the Glasgow over the next 17 months.

The pilot project began on April 3 in eight city centre locations with the primary aim of substantially reducing the adverse impact of the then current waste collection practices in parts of the city centre to enhance the appearance of the area and make a visit more pleasant.

FIRST REHIS TRAINING COURSE FOR COWAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL DEEMED SUCCESSFUL

REHIS is delighted to announce that one of its newest centres, Cowal Community Hospital has successfully delivered its first REHIS training course.

Candidates working throughout the Isle of Bute locality undertook the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course on 30 August in Rothesay on the beautiful Isle of Bute.

TICK AND LYME DISEASE SYMPOSIUM

Tick and Lyme disease symposium
Christine M Morrison, Chartered EHO, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

NHS Western Isles and the Scottish Health Protection Network held a symposium on Tick and Lyme disease at Sgoil Lionacleit, Isle of Benbecula on 11 August 2017. Over sixty delegates from a number of different organisations attended, in person and across nine videoconference sites.

SOFT DRINKS INDUSTRY TO STOP SALES OF SUGARY DRINKS IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THE EU

The European soft drinks industry, represented by UNESDA, has announced that it will voluntarily cease sales of drinks containing added sugars in secondary schools across the EU.

The new voluntary move expands on the existing decade young policy of banning soft drinks from primary schools and will impact around 50,000 secondary schools and more than 40 million young people.

FOOD HYGIENE RATINGS TO BE MADE MANDATORY IN ENGLAND, LGA SAYS

All food premises in England should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

The body that represents councils in England says the move should be made as part when EU laws governing food safety are converted into UK law after Brexit.

Businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are already legally required to display their rating. However, in Scotland and England, businesses do not have to display the rating they have been awarded.

UK CHICKEN SUPPLIER CAUGHT TAMPERING WITH FOOD-SAFETY RECORDS

An investigation run by the Guardian and ITV News found a supplier of chicken to Britain’s supermarkets had been altering food-safety records.

The investigation involved placing undercover reporters in a 2 Sisters Food Group factory in West Bromwich for 12 days. Their allegations were published on September 28 and captured evidence of:

ACTING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WORK IN SCOTLAND

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) hosted its conference in Glasgow on the 13th September with the aim of strengthening the partnership approach across Scotland’s health and safety system.

The conference was supported by the Scottish Government, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Healthy Working Lives (HWL), Scottish Hazards, Scottish Chamber of Safety and others, the event sought ideas and commitments from attendees as to the part that they and their organisations could play to improve health, safety and work.

E-CIGS DEFINITELY LESS HARMFUL THAN SMOKING

Key stakeholders in tobacco and health in Scotland have agreed for the first time that using e-cigarettes is definitely less harmful than smoking tobacco. Based on the current evidence, the consensus is also clear that using e-cigarettes while still smoking (dual use) does not provide health benefits. NHS Health Scotland led the consensus with over 20 partners in the NHS, Scottish Government, third sector and academia. Its aim is to clarify any confusion around the harms and benefits of using e-cigarettes.

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