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
During National Food Safety Week, REHIS is highlighting the hidden number of food poisoning cases in Scotland.
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.
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
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.
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.
Martin Keeley (pictured), a Chartered Environmental Health Officer working for East Dunbartonshire Council, has won the competition open to all members to be nominated for a delegate's place at the 9th World Congress in Environmental Health being held in Dublin in June of this year. Martin will accompany the two official delegates travelling, namely the President, John Stirling and the Senior Vice President, Bernard Forteath.
A new elementary training course, organised jointly by REHIS and a company called Tactics Management, has been launched. It is designed for employers who have their workers' safety in mind.
For further details, please see the Training News
Conflict Management for employers who value their workers'personal safety. Contact details:- www.tactics management.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Thomas at TM - 07977 113506 Dot at TM - 07717 241468 or phone Graham Walker,Director of Training - 0131 225 5444.
The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Slovakian. If you require papers for your Course please indicate the number you require on the Course Registration Form.For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 225 5444.
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