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COMPANY MANAGER FACES JAIL AFTER HEALTH AND SAFETY FAILINGS

A company manager has been warned he faces jail after a worker tripped over a broken pallet and fell into a moving sawblade, slicing off three of his fingers.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard the G&D Pallets saw room in Dundee was in an "appalling state" when Michael Rice was injured. The sheriff went onto describe this as "one of the worst management failures I've ever seen".

VIBES - SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 LAUNCH

VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards 2017 launch

Businesses in Scotland of all sizes and sectors are urged to enter the accredited environmental awards scheme VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.

The VIBES Awards recognise businesses which have shown commitment, action and achievement in their aims to improve their environmental performance, enhance the competitiveness of their business and support wider goals of sustainable development.

The 2017 nine categories are:

SCOTTISH PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK: AN UPDATE (2014-2017)

Established in 2006, the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) continues to deliver its major remit to undertake projects of national priority, eliminate unnecessary duplication in public health effort within NHS Boards, and facilitate leadership, engagement and communication throughout the public health community in Scotland.

PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED, FREE-TO-ORDER COMMUNICATION PACKS FOR SCOTTISH SMES

Resource Efficient Scotland provides lots of free support to help businesses use less energy, water and materials-saving money.

One of the quickest ways for any business to become resource efficient is to simply motivate staff to use less. That is why Resource Efficient Scotland has designed a great range of posters, stickers, thermometers and other communication materials to help businesses encourage their staff to become more resource efficient.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANIFESTO FOR SCOTLAND

Protecting Scotland’s environment for life, work and travel

The Environmental Health Manifesto for Scotland explains what Environmental Health is, its importance to the continued protection of Scotland’s public health both now and in the future and describes how Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and the wider environmental health workforce can help policy makers achieve their objectives. It also sets out four challenges facing the profession and the wider Scottish public.

NEW RULES FOR PURCHASE AND SUPPLY OF VAPOUR PRODUCTS

From 1 April, under the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016, new rules apply to the sale and purchase of tobacco and nicotine vapour products - known as NVPs or e-cigarettes.

These legislative changes mean that:

LOCH WATER LEVELS REDUCED TO CONTROL BLUE GREEN ALGAE IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

On the 22 March, South Lanarkshire Council, announced that they are working in collaboration with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), to begin temporarily lowering the water levels at the loch at James Hamilton Heritage Park in order to control blue green algae.

Reducing the depth of the loch by no more than 600mm will allow work to be carried out to control the blue green algae at the Park.

The lowering of the water will be for only a few weeks and will then be allowed to refill naturally.

BNF HEALTHY EATING WEEK 2017

This year's BNF Healthy Eating Week will run from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The Week is open to all UK schools, universities and organisations wishing to take part.

Registration only takes a few minutes and is a great way to show your support for, and raise the profile of, healthy, active lifestyles. It also means you will be the first to hear about our exciting plans for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 and have access to some fantastic, exclusive resources to help you plan activities for your Week.

E.COLI O157 OUTBREAK LINKED TO DUNSYRE BLUE CHEESE REPORT PUBLISHED

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) has published the E. coli O157 outbreak report on behalf of the Incident Management Team (IMT) which was established to investigate the national outbreak in summer 2016.

The report confirms that a total of 26 cases of the same strain of E. coli O157 were identified in the outbreak between July and mid-September 2016. This comprised of 24 primary cases and two secondary cases. 17 of the cases required admission to hospital and a three year old child died

GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR TRAMPOLINE PARK OPERATORS PUBLISHED

A guidance document for trampoline park operators has been published by the BSI. The guidance specifies requirements for the construction of indoor trampoline parks that are made up of interconnected trampolines being used for non-competitive leisure activities.

The guidance is aimed for trampoline park operators, designers, manufacturers and installers and also for safety inspections and enforcement bodies such as the Health & Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, RoSPA and other third party auditors

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