REHIS News – September 2022

  • 26 September 2022

The September e-newsletter has been issued. If you subscribe to receive the e-newsletter you will have already received this. REHIS News The Institute was saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Jackie McCabe, Chief Executive was honoured to receive an invitation, on behalf of the Institute, to attend the Service […]

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Concerns over The Retained EU Law Bill

  • 25 September 2022

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, published by the House of Commons, seeks to revoke over 2,400 pieces of EU legislation that were included in the UK statute book at the end of the Brexit transition period. Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law created at the end of the transition […]

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World Environmental Health Day – 26 September 2022

  • 25 September 2022

Every year, 26 September is marked as World Environmental Health Day across the globe. World Environmental Health Day is observed to raise awareness regarding the significance of the health of our environment. The theme for the 2022 is “Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also […]

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New framework announced to tackle industrial emissions across the UK

  • 25 September 2022

Pollution caused by industrial emissions is set to be reduced and environmental performance improved under a new framework of regulation that will better protect our air, water and land. The UK’s new Best Available Techniques framework will enable regulators and industry to work together to identify and apply up to date, challenging standards when it comes to […]

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Consultation published for updated Bread and Flour regulations

  • 24 September 2022

Scotland is to be part of a UK-wide consultation on proposed amendments to the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998, which requires the addition of certain nutrients to non-wholemeal wheat flour to protect public health. The 12-week consultation, which launched on 1 September, is being led by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in […]

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AQMA in East Dunbartonshire to be revoked 

  • 22 September 2022

East Dunbartonshire Council have announced that their Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Bearsden can now be removed due to improvements made, with backing from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. The AQMA covers a 60 metre-wide corridor along the A809/A810 to the junction with Antonine Road, to the south beyond Canniesburn […]

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Smoking banned near hospital buildings

  • 20 September 2022

Patients and healthcare staff will no longer face second-hand smoke at hospital doors as a nationwide ban came into effect on Monday 5 September. The new legislation The Prohibition of Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2022 means anyone found lighting up within fifteen metres of a hospital building could face a fixed penalty notice […]

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Facemasks no longer recommended in social care

  • 20 September 2022

Social care staff and visitors are no longer being advised to wear facemasks at all times under new guidance published. The recommendation has been lifted due to a sharp drop in coronavirus infections and a reduction in severity of illness, which has been driven by Scotland’s successful vaccination programme which has so far seen more […]

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E.Coli O157 Outbreak in East Lothian Update

  • 20 September 2022

A total of 56 confirmed cases have been linked to an E.Coli O157 outbreak in East Lothian. The outbreak resulted in the closure of five nurseries, all of which have since reopened following inspections from East Lothian Council environmental health team, the Care Inspectorate and NHS Lothian Public Health team. NHS Lothian formed an Incident […]

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  • 8 September 2022

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland would like to express our deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family.

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Now’s the time to get gas checks says HSE

  • 25 August 2022

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are encouraging homeowners to get gas checks to keep homes safe. ​Recent domestic gas incidents have attracted significant media coverage. HSE is reassuring people they need to be careful but not unduly concerned. ​ ​Gas incidents can be devastating but remain extremely rare. There were 25 gas related fire and […]

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