REHIS News

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.

MSPs urged to act on sunbed cancer threat

REHIS has called on MSPs to support the proposed Private Member's Bill to regulate sunbed salons. Details of the Bill have been put out to consultation prior to formal tabling in the Scottish Parliament, by Ken Macintosh, Labour MSP for Eastwood. The Institute is currently carrying out a survey of the use of sunbeds throughout Scotland and problems which arise through their use. See press release

Roadshows underway

The inaugural REHIS Roadshow was hosted by South Ayrshire Council at the impressive County Buildings, Ayr on Wednesday 26 April.

Delegates heard presentations from Tom Bell, Chief Executive; Val Cameron, Director of Professional Development; and Graham Walker, Director of Training.

Smoke-Free first month 'Outstanding Success'

Although no official nationwide statistics are yet available, it appears to have been well received by owners of premises, their staff and their customers.

Initial reports from EHOs suggest that, both in the commercial sector and among the public, there has been overwhelming compliance, with only a handful of minor issues.

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