REHIS News

REHIS and the Scottish Prison Service

The Scottish Prison Service has made a huge financial investment at its HMP Edinburgh facility with the construction of a new production kitchen and a new training kitchen. Along with many other Scottish Prisons, HMP Edinburgh is an Approved Training Centre delivering REHIS courses on a regular basis for inmates and prison catering staff.

REHIS Newsletter launched!

The REHIS Newsletter was launched on the website today and features short articles on news, initiatives, events and other activities which promote environmental and public health across Scotland. The newsletter, which will be produced on a monthly basis, will highlight the work of all public health professionals and their contribution to the improvement and protection of the health of the people of Scotland. Click on the News for Public Health Professionals portal on the REHIS home page to access the April 2007 edition of the newsletter.

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Report: The Urban Environment

This, the 26th Report of the Royal Commission published in March 2007, examines the environment within urban areas and the wider environmental impacts of towns and cities, and considers the relationship between the urban environment and human health and wellbeing. A summary of the findings of the Report follows.

Enforcement Resource Summit

The summit, held at Dunkeld on Wednesday 28 March 2007, organised by the Institute and hosted by the Food Standards Agency Scotland, was convened to facilitate an open discussion between partners, stakeholders and interested groups with a view to drafting a strategy, vision and action plan for future public/environmental health enforcement in Scotland.

15th Annual Public Health Forum

Last week we were pleased to welcome the 15th Annual Public Health Forum to Edinburgh. This event, organised by the UK Public Health Association, is the largest multi-disciplinary Public Health conference in the UK. The conference allows public health professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to come together, share experience and learn from each other. Key conference themes were health inequalities, sustainable development, anti-health forces and locally decided issues, such as public health economics.

New HACCP for Caterers Course launched!

This new course is aimed at those responsible for the development and maintenance of a permanent food safety management procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles. The syllabus aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding required to introduce CookSafe a HACCP based food safety assurance system into a catering business. CookSafe is designed to assist catering businesses understand and implement a HACCP based system

SCOT - The Scottish Coalition on Tobacco Manifesto

Smoking Still Kills - The Scottish Coalition is dedicated to tobacco control and presents this manifesto outlining the next steps Scotland needs to take to reduce the harm caused by smoking.
REHIS is an active member of the coalition.

Environmental Health Officers survey declares smoke-free initiative an outstanding success

A REHIS survey has found that the Scottish ban has been an overwhelming success. Since its introduction on 26th March 2006, Scots Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) have conducted more than 55,000 inspections of premises, resulting in just one prosecution for a breach of the regulations.

Ban on Smoking in Public Places A Great Success!

A questionnaire, recently sent out to all REHIS members and seeking their views on the ban on smoking in public places which was introduced on 26 March last year, has produced some interesting findings. See attached document for more information.

Changes to the CPD Scheme for EHO Members

At the March meeting of the REHIS Council it was agreed that all CPD scheme participants who are EHOs will, as from 2008, be required to submit corroborative evidence of CPD activities along with their record cards. CPD record cards can be downloaded from the members area of the REHIS website and are also available from the REHIS office. EHO members requiring further information should contact Val Cameron or Jennifer Watkins at the REHIS office.

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