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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The theme of this year’s World Environmental Health Day is ‘Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality.
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 (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’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.
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