REHIS News – March 2024

  • 26 March 2024

The Institute became aware very recently of the University of West of Scotland’s (UWS) decision not to accept first year entrants (2024/25) to the BSc Hons in Environmental Health with Professional Practice course. In light of this concerning news, the Institute requested an urgent meeting with the University which was held on Tuesday 5 March […]

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ASH Scotland

  • 26 March 2024

Our President, Lynn Crothers and Past President, David Duffy were delighted to attend a very successful event at the Scottish Parliament recently to mark 50 years of ASH Scotland.  The parliamentary reception was hosted by Jackie Baillie, MSP and the Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Neil Grey addressed the members along with […]

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Five steps farmers can take to prevent on-farm poisoning

  • 26 March 2024

Food Standards Scotland is urging farmers to be aware of the causes of on-farm poisoning as herds go out to pasture. Around 675 livestock in Scotland have been restricted from the food supply chain due to lead or copper poisoning in the past four years, including over 70 deaths. Farmers can help prevent this happening […]

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Food safety inspections found to be similar across countries

  • 26 March 2024

A study has identified approaches to food safety inspections across five countries are similar however personal preferences could be responsible for some of the differences. Research identified how environmental health practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ireland perform food safety inspections. Data was collected via an online survey disseminated […]

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Littercam: Could Artificial Intelligence help councils solve littering?

  • 25 March 2024

A new technology called Littercam turns normal CCTV cameras into ones capable of identifying littering. It’s one of the most common crimes in the UK and although it’s a nationwide problem and the vast majority of offenders go unidentified. Now, local authorities are turning to AI to help with the crisis. A new technology called Littercam, which […]

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Scotland ‘Worst in Europe’ for Risky Cosmetic Fillers

  • 24 March 2024

Healthcare professionals, including members of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), have raised concerns about the lack of regulation in the aesthetics industry, particularly in Scotland. BACN Honorary Members, Jackie Partridge and Francis Turner Traill, spoke to BBC Journalist Georgina Hayes to warn that unqualified individuals are administering cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers, leading […]

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Transforming our food environment: a spotlight on promotions

  • 24 March 2024

Public Health Scotland and Food Standards Scotland have produced briefing paper that explores the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt and describes the impact of these promotions on our health. The briefing highlights that Scotland is far from meeting its healthy eating goals and the direct impact this has on the health […]

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Chicken sandwiches linked to listeria hospital deaths, inquest concludes

  • 24 March 2024

Two women died after eating chicken mayonnaise sandwiches suspected of containing listeria at Manchester Royal Infirmary, an inquest heard. The findings follow a five-day joint inquest at Manchester Coroner’s Court. Retired Jamaican nurse Beverley Sowah, 57, and mother-of-five Enid Heap, 84, were given them on successive days while patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2019. […]

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Consultation on draft regulations to implement a ban on single-use vapes

  • 22 March 2024

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on the proposed legislation for the ban on the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland which is due to come into effect on 1 April 2025. The ban on single-use vapes is being taken forward using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This approach has […]

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No Smoking Day

  • 13 March 2024

Today (Wednesday 13 March 2024) marks No Smoking Day. This year’s focus is encouraging people to quit smoking and win in four major aspects of life: ASH Scotland also want to raise awareness about the free NHS service available to everyone in Scotland to help with quit. Quit Your Way can provide emotional support, recommend […]

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