REHIS News

Guilty verdict at REHIS Law Enforcement course

The annual REHIS Law Enforcement Course was presented last weekend at the Police College, Tulliallan.
Forty-three professionals from different backgrounds, including Environmental Health Officers, Technical Officers, Trading Standards Officers, Fish Health Inspectors and Fire Safety Managers attended this residential event.

Successful Skin Piercing Seminar for Enforcers and the Industry

Seventy-five Environmental Health professionals, from thirty one local authorities across Scotland, came together in Edinburgh for a training seminar on the new skin piercing legislation.The seminar was organised in partnership with Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Executive Health Department.Delegates gained an update on the amended legislation and a practical insight into skin piercing from representatives from the body piercing, tattooing and sterilisation industry.

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

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. The warning comes as Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) from throughout Scotland attend the first training seminar on enforcing licensing laws in such premises.

REVIEW OF THE SCOTTISH DIET ACTION PLAN

REHIS is a member of The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Food and was represented by Graham Walker, Director of Training, at the latest meeting which was held in the Parliament on 7 February.
The main item on the Agenda was Theme 1 of the Scottish Diet Action Plan Review.
In support of this item five short presentations were given including one by Professor Tim Lang who chaired the Review Panel.

Family Food - Report on the Expenditure & Food Survey

Family Food is the source of detailed statistical information on purchased quantities, expenditure and nutrient intakes derived from both household and eating out food and drink. Data is collected for a sample of households in the United Kingdom using self-reported diaries of all purchases, including food eaten out, over a two week period. Where possible quantities are recorded in the diaries but otherwise estimated. Energy and nutrient intakes are calculated using standard profiles for each of some 500 types of food.

FIRST SMOKE-FREE CASE CONVICTION

A shopkeeper in Falkirk has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of offences under the smoke-free legislation. Vincent McFadden, a timber merchant, was found guilty of failing to display the required signs, despite having been given them previously. McFadden, who has a timber shop in Dalderse Avenue, Falkirk, became abusive and threatening when Smoking Enforcement Officers approached him about his non-compliance.

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.

A CELEBRATION OF THE SUCCESSES OF THE SCOTTISH DIET ACTION PLAN

The event will celebrate and reflect on the implementation of the Scottish Diet Action Plan (SDAP) since 1996, as identified in the SDAP Review report. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to consider the key contributors to success in their own food and health work locally.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006 DONATION TO THE SCOTLAND CHIKWAWA (MALAWI) HEALTH INITIATIVE

Donations in lieu of gifts to speakers and chairmen and proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner have raised the sum of £615 for the Scotland Chikwawa (Malawi) Health Initiative. The money raised will be used to fund food hygiene training in the Chikwawa region in southern Malawi.
Bernard Forteath, President of REHIS, sends his thanks to all the speakers, chairmen, delegates and staff who contributed to the donation.

NEW FEATURE LAUNCHED ON REHIS WEBSITE

REHIS is delighted to announce the launch of a new feature on its homepage.

The first new feature is the addition of the 'job vacancies - opportunities in environmental health' portal on the homepage. This feature will allow access to current vacancies in the Scottish environmental health community.

Further developments are imminent - watch this space!

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