REHIS News

REHIS can help parents banish junk food

In the debate about standards of diet among Scottish children, the Institute has highlighted the Food and Health course, which gives advice on providing healthy meals and snacks on a budget.

Smoking enforcement liaison group formed

A new national liaison group has been established to deal with the subject of enforcement of the Smoke-Free initiative, with a meeting having been held in Milngavie, near Glasgow this week. It was attended by Smoking Enforcement Officers, Environmental Health Officers and Managers representing almost all of Scotland's local authorities. The delegates were addressed by Mary Cuthbert of the Scottish Executive's tobacco control unit and by Lisa Buck from Scotland's Health at Work. Evonne Tennant of the host authority, East Dunbartonshire Council chaired.

Housing (Scotland) Act 2006

This legislation was passed by the Parliament on 24 November 2005 and received Royal Assent on 5 January 2006. It builds on and repeals certain sections of the previous Housing (Scotland) Acts (HSAs) and will have a major impact on how Environmental Health Officers deal with sub-standard housing.

Private water supplies made clear

The Scottish Executive has issued a series of information letters to local authorities offering guidance on how the new Regulations should be applied. One letter clarifies the position with Private Water Supplies on Dairy Farms. They are classed as a 'commercial activity' and therefore fall to be treated as a Type A supply. For further information go to www.privatewatersupplies.gov.uk

EHO Trainee problem not improving

Graduates with environmental health degrees may celebrate their successes, but then find difficulty in finding placements with local authorities. Figures gathered by the Institute show that the lack of training places is not getting any better. See press release

Scotland Chikwawa (Malawi) Health Initiative

Readers of the Journal of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland will be aware that an appeal was launched for the above initiative in the Summer edition of 'Environmental Health Scotland'. Full details of the appeal appear here.

World Health Organisation recognises EH work

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

HSE Booklet - 5 steps to risk assessment

The guidance Five Steps to Risk Assessment has been revised and simplified to make it even easier for normal business people, not just health and safety experts, to use. It also places greater emphasis on making sure that decisions are actually put into practice.

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.

REHIS President, John Stirling, presents certificates to
Rafal Milczarek (left) and Egita Bluke (right), with Michael Sim, Youngs
Bluecrest's Technical Manager, looking on.

Volunteers wanted for international disaster response

Many environmental health staff felt after the tragedy of the Tsunami last year, that perhaps more could have been done by the environmental health community to respond and offer practical assistance. As a result, a group of EHOs from England have teamed together with a number from the Irish Republic to form a group called Environmental Health in Disasters and Emergencies (EHiDE). To find out more about how to register an interest, see attached note

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