Scottish COVID-19 Public Inquiry Establishment

Scottish Ministers have announced that a Scottish public inquiry will be established this year to consider Scotland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.     

An Aims and Principles paper was published on 24 August that forms the basis of the stakeholder engagement, which will shape the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. It is available online at here.   

Scotland’s Climate Week

Scotland’s Climate Week is an annual event, which started in 2016, to help raise awareness of the global climate emergency and celebrate Scotland’s leadership in taking action against climate change.

This year Scotland's Climate Week will mark six weeks to go until the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Are you considering your options for university? Have you ever thought about a career as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO)?

Wherever they work, EHOs have the same goal - to improve, protect and maintain public health.  Watch this short video where Professor Jason Leitch talks about the profession and the exciting variety of career options available.  

Scottish Government publish Out of Home Action Plan to help food industry tackle obesity

The Scottish Government have published their ‘Out of Home Action (OOH) Plan which outlines steps to work closely with the food industry to help tackle obesity by providing healthier food and drink choices for people. 

The Plan includes proposals for a code of practice for healthier children’s menus and a commitment to a consultation on mandatory calorie labelling. 

Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Scottish building regulations set minimum standards applicable to new buildings and to new work to existing buildings.

The Scottish Government’s recent draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out their vision for decarbonising heat and reducing energy demand across all buildings in Scotland, setting out the scale of the investment opportunity and supporting our green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Report 2021-2022

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, liver disease and lung disease. In 2020, these diseases were responsible for more than 40,000 deaths in Scotland - that's 62% of all deaths.

Analysis suggests that one in five of these deaths are preventable through public health action. Reducing the consumption of health harming products, like alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food and drink, is one of the key ways to reduce the number of lives lost to, and affected by, NCDs. 

COVID Recovery consultation

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation seeking the public’s views on legislative reform to support Scotland’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Covid recovery: justice system, health and public services reform consultation sets out a range of proposals, including whether some beneficial temporary provisions made under Scottish and UK coronavirus legislation and due to expire in March 2022 should be maintained.

Are you ready to make the most of COP26?

It is the biggest event of its kind ever to be held in Scotland, but what does COP26 mean for you and your business? And are you in a position to make the most of it?

Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service has put together informative articles and an interesting series of FREE lunchtime training webinars over the next three months to help your business take something positive from the event.

‘Food allergies can be life threatening. Food Standards Scotland are here to support you prepare for the new food labelling laws

New legislation, which will require food businesses in Scotland to include the product name and full ingredients list, on food sold prepacked for direct sale (PPDS), comes into force on October 1st 2021, in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

Businesses must include the name of the food and the ingredients list with any of the 14 allergens required to be declared by law emphasised within it, if they are ingredients of the food. 

Gas Safety Week is coming in September

Gas Safety Week (GSW) 2021 is to take place 13-19 September. Coordinated by Gas Safe Register, is the gas industry’s eleventh annual awareness event.

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