REHIS News

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

REHIS urges Scots to stop poisoning themselves

During National Food Safety Week, REHIS is highlighting the hidden number of food poisoning cases in Scotland.

New figures show more Sunbeds - and more complaints

A newly-published survey of all 32 Scottish Councils has shown that there are now more tanning outlets in Scotland than ever before, with an increasing number of complaints. With the number of cases of skin cancer on the increase, REHIS is calling for strong legislation to control these establishments.

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