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SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS WELCOME NEW SMOKING BAN

Notification date: 
Thursday, 8 December, 2016

Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland backs new legislation outlawing smoking in cars with anyone under 18.  See the attached press release for more information.

Environmental Health Experts Propose Transfer of Occupational Health and Safety Powers to Scotland from Westminster

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) believes priority setting for the last significant area of environmental health reserved to Westminster should be transferred to Scotland.REHIS launches environmental health ‘Manifesto’ at annual Environmental Health Forum.Professional body recommends increased education as 18,000 school children secure REHIS food hygiene qualifications in one year.The full news release is attached.

SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS CALL FOR WELSH STYLE E-CIGARETTE BAN

The leading Scottish environmental health organisation has called for the draft Scottish legislation regulating the use and promotion of e-cigarettes to be brought in line with the recently announced Public Health law in Wales.See the attached document for more information.

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CEN publishes standard on pest management services

The publication of a new European Standard for pest management services (EN 16636), which can be used to improve the quality of these services throughout Europe.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS CALL FOR E-CIGARETTE BAN IN ALL ENCLOSED PUBLIC SPACES

  • The Royal Environmental Health institute for Scotland backs Commonwealth Games e-cigarette ban and seeks wider advertising ban at event venues
  • Successful outcomes from years of antismoking campaigning and education could be lost if regulation is ignored

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SCOTLAND’S LOCAL AUTHORITY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES NOT ADEQUATELY RESOURCED

May 2013:  A survey carried out by The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) has indicated that 85% of its members believe Scotland’s local authority environmental health services are not adequately resourced.The news release is attached.

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RESPONSE TO AUDIT SCOTLAND’S 'PROTECTING CONSUMERS' REPORT FROM THE ROYAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) has welcomed Audit Scotland’s ‘Protecting Consumers’ Report, in particular matters relating to food safety and concerns expressed over food premises.See attached document for the full press release

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CONTAMINATED BEEF BURGERS HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF REALISTIC FOOD SAMPLING REGIME IN SCOTLAND

ROYAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND BELIEVES THAT THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE EATINGSee attached press release.

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ROYAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND RESPONDS TO THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO CREATE A NEW FOOD STANDARDS BODY FOR SCOTLAND

4 July 2012:  The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) welcomes the Scottish Government’s decision to create a new Scottish body for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling and meat inspection and takes this opportunity to highlight the positive contribution that Environmental Health Professionals (Environmental Health Officers and Food Safety Officers) working in Scotland’s local authorities make to the improvement and protection of public health.The complete press release is available at the link below.

FINANCIAL PRESSURES PUTTING SCOTLAND’S PUBLIC HEALTH AT RISK

  • Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland reveals continuing drop in number of environmental health and food safety professionals
  • Prominent public health experts add their concerns

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BED BUGS MAKING A COMEBACK IN LARGE NUMBERS WARN PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS

24 February 2011:  Environmental health experts have warned of a dramatic increase in incidences of bed bugs and cockroaches.

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Pennington calls for 'ring-fencing' of environmental health

Professor Hugh Pennington expresses his concerns in any future cutting back of local authority funding which may adversely affect food safety and environmental health

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Working for a tobacco-free Scotland

Today [Tuesday, 1 September], the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), in partnership with ASH Scotland is launching a new award, the Crofton Award (1) to recognise the achievement of young people in reducing tobacco and smoking-related harm in Scotland.

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MSPs receive unique Environmental Health awards

Two Members of the Scottish Parliament have received unique awards for their contributions towards improving environmental health in Scotland.
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) has recognised the efforts of Stewart Maxwell and Kenneth Macintosh by creating special Awards for Meritorious Endeavours in Environmental Health.

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Funding change threatens success of Scots smoking ban

The Institute is warning that an apparently minor change in funding for enforcement of the Smoke Free legislation represents a serious threat to its continued success.

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Environmental Health Officers survey declares smoke-free initiative an outstanding success

A Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) survey says the Scottish ban has been an overwhelming success. Since its introduction on 26th March 2006, Scots Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) have conducted more than 55,000 inspections of premises, resulting in just one prosecution for a breach of the regulations.

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Scots tattoo, piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis operators unaware they are breaking the law

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) says many providers of tattooing, skin piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis services across Scotland may be unaware they are committing a criminal offence by operating without a licence.

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New Public Health Threats Within Scope of Environmental Health Professionals

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland(REHIS)has expressed confidence in its members' role in dealing with any threat of illness pandemics,chemical and biological attacks.

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Concern for the future of Scotland's Environmental Health Services

John Stirling, President of REHIS, has warned that the environmental health profession is losing out in local government structures. He expressed his concern to delegates in his opening address at the Institute's annual conference in Glasgow's Menzies Hotel, on 22 November 2006

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Minister urged to act on sunbeds

REHIS has written to the Scottish Health Minister, Andy Kerr, urging him to take action on the regulation of sunbed parlours.

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REHIS joins junk food debate

The Institute's Vice President, Bernard Forteath, has highlighted how REHIS can assist in spreading the message about improving the diet of children. See text of press release for further details

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Scots Environmental Health staffing problems worsening

Having warned of a serious shortage of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in 2005, the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) says the situation is getting worse, rather than better.

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WHO recognises Environmental Health work

A recent report published by the World Health Organisation highlights the importance of environmental health work

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Eastern Europeans score highly in food hygiene

A new training programme approved by REHIS and the Sea Fish Industry Authority has seen 14 Eastern block food workers gain the Elementary Certificate in Food Hygiene.

The workers, from Latvia, Poland and Lithuania scored an average of 90% at Young's Bluecrest factory in Fraserburgh.

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