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FIRST IN SCOTLAND FOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS SCHEME

The first scheme in Scotland to use NASA technology to monitor vehicle emissions has been launched.

The Vehicle Emissions Partnership, which is made up of West Lothian, East Lothian, Midlothian and Falkirk councils, aims to reduce harmful vehicle emissions by educating drivers about the impact their cars have on of air pollution.

They have undertaken a pilot scheme using state-of the-art remote detection Emissions Detecting and Reporting (EDAR) technology in sites in Edinburgh, Broxburn in West Lothian and are assisting with set up in Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire.

CANADA RECALLS GIN DUE TO UNSAFE ALCOHOL CONTENT LEVELS

Bottles of gin have been recalled across Canada after a batch was found to contain nearly twice the amount of advertised alcohol.

Officials said the 1.14 litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin should have had 40% alcohol content by volume when the actual figure was 77%.

They stated the problem had been traced back to the production line when one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve 40% alcohol content by volume. This resulted in the affected batch having alcohol content by volume of 77%.

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.

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