Dr Harry Burns Recipient of the REHIS Meritorious Endeavours in Environmental Health Award for 2008

Dr Burns was presented with a specially engraved quaich and a certificate in recognition of his pioneering work linking the effects of the environment to human health in Scotland at the Institute's Annual Awards Ceremony in Edinburgh recently.

New President installed

Colin Wallace has taken over the reins of the REHIS Presidency for the next year from outgoing President Robert Howe. The handover of the chain of office took place at the Institute's Annual General Meeting on 20th November in Edinburgh.

REHIS Journal - Autumn edition

The Autumn 2008 edition of Environmental Health Scotland,the REHIS Journal,can be accessed on the members area. Members will receive their copies of the Journal in the next seven to ten days.

Statutory Nuisance - New and Enhanced Provisions-Procedural Guidance Implementation Seminar

The Scottish Government, in conjunction with Environmental Protection UK - Scottish Division and REHIS, have joined together to present this topical and dynamic awareness seminar for Environmental Health Officers.
The aim of the seminar is to explain the new Nuisance provisions scheduled to be commenced by Part 9 of the Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008 on 26th January 2009.
This is a free event supported by Scottish Government/Environmental Protection UK - Scottish Division/REHIS

REHIS Food and Health and Safety Update Courses

FSA & REHIS FOOD UPDATE COURSE(for local authorities only): 17 NOVEMBER 2008
REHIS HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE COURSE(for local authorities and health and safety advisors): 18 NOVEMBER 2008
On 17 November the Institute has once again teamed up with the FSA Scotland to provide an affordable update course on food related matters. The FSA Scotland has agreed to provide a number of updates on their work and there will be other speakers from local authority, HPS and academia.

Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Policy.

Departmental Lecture and Discussion

This event will be held at the Department of Civil Engineering,David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability,University of Strathclyde on Thursday 9 October 2008 in the John Anderson Building Room K325 from 16:00 pm to 18:00 pm

Speaker - Evan Williams BA Dip Mgmt MEnvS FRSA

Brisbane Charter

One of the important outcomes from the 10th World Congress on Environmental Health was the drafting of the Brisbane Environmental Health Charter. Towards the closing of the Congress delegates signed an in principle agreement to develop and implement the Charter. As the host organisation, Environmental Health Australia (EHA), agreed to undertake a consultation process to complete the draft for presentation to the IFEH. Members are invited to provide comment on the attached draft to Dr Jim Smith, National President of EHA by 30 September.

New date for Southern Centre AGM

Members please note that the Southern Centre AGM and CPD seminar will now take place on Monday 22 September. The venue, timings and seminar programme remain the same. Novotel, 181 Pitt Street, Glasgow from 11.45am to 2.00pm. Full details from Martin MacNiven. Tel: 01236 812772.


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.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

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