REHIS News

Elementary Food Hygiene Examination in Slovakian

The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Slovakian. If you require papers for your Course please indicate the number you require on the Course Registration Form.For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 225 5444.

Elementary Food Hygiene Examination in Russian

The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Russian. If you require papers for your Course please indicate the number you require on the Course Registration Form.For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 225 5444.

New Control of Noise at Work Regulations

Over 1 million employees in Great Britain are exposed to levels of noise which put their hearing at risk. Employers must:- Assess the risks to employees from noise at work; Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks; Provide employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods; Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded; Provide employees with information, instruction and training; Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.

REHIS Qualifications Booklet

A wide range of REHIS certified courses are available on the subjects of food and health and safety.This booklet gives a brief outline of the qualifications available.

REHIS echoes 'softly softly' call on Smoking Ban

The President of REHIS, John Stirling, echoed the call from the First Minister, Jack McConnell for a 'softly, softly' approach towards the ban in its early days. John Stirling, the President of the Institute issued a statement agreeing that a fair and reasonable approach would be the order of the day, but that persistent offenders could expect to be punished. (See full press release)

New MSc course in Glasgow

Strathclyde University have announced that they will be offering an MSc in Environmental Health from September 2006. This will be a one year full-time course which will provide the underpinning academic knowledge which will allow the student to go onto train as an Environmental Health Officer. This course would be ideal for applicants with a life science degree. To become an Environmental Health Officer the student also requires to complete the usual 48 weeks of practical training with a Scottish Local Authority before sitting the REHIS
professional examination.

'Consistency' the word in Smoking Ban enforcement

One hundred enforcement officers from all over Scotland attended a training seminar on the Smoking Ban. Held in Stirling, by REHIS, the purpose was to encourage a fair and consistent approach to implementing the ban by Scotland's 32 Councils. Further training is to be held in the near future for newly-recruited officers.

University College Dublin Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship to work on a project entitled Enhancing human health through improved water quality. Specifically the successful applicant will work on the development of a Microbial Risk Assessment model to monitor the dispersion, transport and potential human exposure to waterborne hazards including viruses and bacteria. The project is conducted in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway and is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Development Plan under the ERTDI programme.

Cypriot EHOs twin with REHIS

The Association of Public Health Inspectors of Cyprus (APHIC) and REHIS have signed a 'twinning' agreement leading to closer co-operation on international Environmental Health matters. The invitation to twin came from Cyprus last year with the suggestion that the relationship be formalised. A delegation, led by the President, John Stirling, travelled to Cyprus for the signing ceremony, which was held in Nicosia on 24 February, in the presence of the Cypriot Government Health Minister.

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