Implementation of Public Health Act - Update

The Scottish Government Public Health Act Implementation Team reports that Ministers have approved the accelerated implementation of some key provisions of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. Parts 3, 4, 5, 6 (and relevant parts of Part 10) will now commence on 1st October 2009. The decision to accelerate the implementation was taken in the light of the current influenza AH1N1 outbreak and the possibility of a second wave later in the year.

HPS and SAC re-issue E. coli O157 advice

Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Agricultural College have re-issued their E. coli O157 advice to help rural residents and visitors reduce the risk of E. coli O157 infection from countryside exposures. Full information is available on the HPS website at Footnote: Information on E.

Joint Symposium - Healthy Routes to Profit

HEALTH is paramount to the success of the food and drink industry. As a result, the 2009 joint REHIS/Scottish Food and Drink Federation(SFDF)/Institute of Food Science and Technology(IFST) symposium 'Healthy Routes to Profit' has been organised for the food industry, educational and training organisations and local authority environmental health service. This is the 7th joint symposium run by the Institute, SFDF and IFST. The event attracts representatives from all parts of the food and drink industry, government and its agencies and the enforcement community.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the REHIS Annual Conference!

There are still a few places available at the REHIS Annual Conference. The conference is the principal Environmental Health and Public Health event to take place in Scotland. The programme this year is built round the theme of Environmental Health-more than regulation.
It is being held in Ayr at the Western House Hotel this year from 13th to 14th May. For more information contact the REHIS office on 0131 225 6999.
For a booking form see the attached document.

MSc Environmental Health Event

The University of Strathclyde Department of Civil Engineering and the David Livingston Centre for Sustainability are holding an MSc recruitment evening on Wednesday 6th May 2009, which will include information on the REHIS accredited MSc Environmental Health degree course. Full information is contained in the attached flyer.

Date for your diary : REHIS Southern Centre Lunchtime Seminar

Local Air Quality Management

Monday 27 April 2009
12.00 noon to 2.00pm

Novotel, 181 Pitt Street, Glasgow

Buffet lunch will be served at 2.00pm

Full details to follow

Ministerial launch for Infection Control Course

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, launched the REHIS Elementary Control of Infection Course at Dundee College on Monday (16 March). This new short course is aimed at care staff employed in non-NHS care premises such as homes for the elderly and nurseries. The syllabus is designed to provide candidates with the under-pinning knowledge to enable them to develop the following core competencies:
•a knowledge of the hazards
•a knowledge of the risks
•an ability to assess risks
•an understanding of how to break the chain of infection

Further action to reduce smoking in Scotland

Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health and Sport, has announced measures aimed at protecting future generations from the devastating health effects of smoking. In legislation published yesterday cigarette vending machines and tobacco displays in shops are set to be consigned to history in Scotland as part of radical measures designed to reduce child smoking.

REHIS Conference 2009 - 'Environmental Health - more than regulation'

The REHIS Annual Conference is the principal Environmental Health event to take place in Scotland. It provides an opportunity to reflect on current and future approaches to protecting and improving the health of the Scottish people and to renew friendships and make new ones. The Conference is being held in Ayr this year and I look forward to welcoming you.
Colin Wallace, President

February e-Newsletter

The February edition of the REHIS e-Newsletter 'News for Public Health Professionals' has been uploaded to this website and is accessible from the dedicated portal to the left of this news item. If you wish to feature an environmental health or public health initiative, event or activity in the e-Newsletter please contact Tom Bell, Chief Executive on 0131 225 6999 or

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