'Urgent Action' needed in Environmental Health

Dr David Old has completed his two-year independent report commissioned by REHIS on the Environmental Health profession in Scotland. His Project Steering Group (PSG) recommends five priority actions and says that everyone concerned must act with urgency.

The five priority actions are listed below. For the full report and appendices, see the Members' Library.

England adopts Smoking Ban

The House of Commons has voted for a full ban on smoking in enclosed public places in England, similar to the measures which will apply in Scotland from next month. Although the ban in England is not likely to take effect until 2007, it was welcomed by the President of REHIS, John Stilrling, who said "This is a welcome move which helps to lay out a level playing field across the UK and will minimise confusion for businesses and members of the public"

Glasgow cracks down on Noise

A major awareness campaign tackling anti-social noise pollution in Glasgow has being launched by Glasgow City Council. The “Anti social noise pollution - noise, nuisance or nightmare” message is being delivered via a £125,000 advertising campaign. “Anti social noise pollution - noise, nuisance or nightmare” is being used throughout the campaign and illustrates the various noise nuisances from barking dogs, playing loud music, shouting and drilling.

Peter Midgeley's Presentation on the New Food Hygiene Law

This is a copy of the presentation given by Peter at the One Day Trainers' Update Course in Dundee on the 8th February 2006

Links to references to Food Hygiene Legislation

These are web links to references about Food Hygiene Legislation. From the html file right click on the hyperlink and select 'save target as'. This captures the documents as pdf files very quickly.

Dinner nets benefit for Malawi

Donations and the proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner raised the sum of £358. This has been presented to Tracy Morse (née Thomson), a Scottish EHO working on a project with orphans near Blantyre, Malawi. Tracy said 'This is great news. With this money I can buy mosquito nets for 100 orphans and 100 vulnerable individuals and also for the volunteers who assist at the centre (there are 30 of them that help out on a rota). It would make a big difference to
those families especially as we are in the malaria season now.

New Healthy Food Course launched in Dundee

In the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, a wide range of food providers - such as schools, residential homes and community centres - will be taught at REHIS food-safety training centres around Scotland, how to improve the nutritional value of meals. The course has been devised in conjunction with NHS Health Scotland, The Scottish Executive, Food Standards Agency Scotland, the Scottish Community Diet Project and the Scottish Healthy Choices Award Scheme.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 is one of a number of EC Regulations on the hygiene of foodstuffs which should be read in conjunction with the Food Hygiene(Scotland)Regulations 2006.This Regulation covers the general rules of hygiene for foodstuffs and the others lay down specific rules for food of animal origin.

The new Food Hygiene(Scotland)Regulations 2006

The new food hygiene laws apply in the UK from 1st January 2006. They affect all food businesses, including caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers, distributors and retailers. There are a number of new EC Regulations, which apply directly to food businesses in the UK, and also national legislation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You'll find the new Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 attached to this Training News entry.

Elementary Food Hygiene Examination in Polish

The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Polish. For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 229 2968.

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