The Council of REHIS has recognised the distinguished contribution to the field of Environmental Health made by Mike Halls by awarding him an Honorary Membership when it met on Saturday 6 September. Mike is a former President of REHIS and the IFEH and recently announced his decision to stand down from the Council at the AGM on 20 November. Congratulations Mike. Congratulations also go to Robert Howe, Keith McNamara and Tom Bell who were awarded Fellowships for their outstanding and distinctive service to the Institute.

Centre AGMs

Details of the REHIS Southern and Northern Centre AGMs have been announced. The Southern Centre AGM will be held in Glasgow on 24 September and will be followed by a Housing seminar. The Northern Centre AGM will be held in Aberdeen on Thursday 25 September and will be preceded by a seminar covering a range of topical environmental health subjects. All members of REHIS are encouraged to attend their local AGM and are very welcome to attend the free to members training seminars which include a buffet lunch. Non-members may attend the seminars for a fee of £20.00.

Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale

Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale
This is the conclusion of a World Health Organisation (WHO) report published today. The report highlights worldwide examples of the consequences of social injustice including the too close to home fact that a child born in the Glasgow suburb of Calton can expect a life 28 years shorter than another living in Lenzie only 13 kilometres away. Full details are available from the WHO website.
World Health Organisation

Major Scottish Air Quality Conference - Air Quality - Planning for the Future

New venue and Keynote Address by Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment.

Environmental Protection UK - Scottish Division (formerly NSCA Scotland) are please to host the above event on Tuesday 23 September 2008 in Glasgow.

They are happy to announce that Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment from the Scottish Parliament, will attend and give a Keynote Address.

Due to the demand for spaces at this event, they have moved the venue for this Conference to The Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The Scottish Land Remediation Conference:Policy, Practice, Profits

A Definitive Review of the Policies and Regulations driving land remediation in Scotland.
Glasgow Science Centre
24 September 2008
The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), the leading association for the land remediation sector, is utilising its unrivalled expertise and influence to host the definitive conference and exhibition
for all those involved in land remediation and development.

One Day Update Seminar for REHIS Trainers

The seminar will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 22 October.Subjects to be covered during the day will include updates on food borne disease, food allergies and intolerances, E.coli O157, Noroviruses and food handlers,HACCP and food safety training. Booking forms will be sent to REHIS Approved Training Centres in the near future. For further information please contact the REHIS office.

SEPA thanks local authorities for assistance!

The first State of Contaminated Land Report for Scotland is presently being prepared by SEPA's Martin Valenti. Martin informs REHIS that SEPA have received a 100% response and offers his sincere thanks to all Scottish local authorities for submitting their questionnaires on time.

Dates for your diary

REHIS Annual Presentation of Awards, Edinburgh, 19 November 2008 (evening event). REHIS Environmental Health Update, Edinburgh, 20 November 2008 (am). REHIS Annual General Meeting, Edinburgh, 20 November 2008 (pm). For more information on these events contact the REHIS Office.

Food Standards Agency guidance on vacuum packing

The Agency has produced guidance and a factsheet to help minimise the risk of Clostridium botulinum in vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods. The guidance is designed to assist small businesses and local authority environmental health officers assess the risks. Link to the guidance

New Publication - Public health significance of urban pests

Xavier Bonnefoy, Helge Kampen and Kevin Sweeney
ISBN 978 92 890 7188 8
This excellent handbook consisting of almost 600 pages of text, tables and colour illustrations, has just been published by WHO Europe.

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