REHIS News

Food and Health Trainers' Seminar

A successful REHIS Trainers Seminar took place in Dundee College on the 12th March.The event was aimed at REHIS Food and Health Trainers and proved to be a popular event with 45 delegates attending.The seminar provided an up-date on many developments in the areas of food,nutrition and health.Delegates included representatives from commercial training companies, local authorities, colleges/universities, schools, the NHS and HM Prison Service.Speakers incuded representatives from the Food Standards Agency Scotland,Baxter's of Speyside,the Scottish Government,the World Cancer Research Fund,Co

Twenty-fifth Annual Conference - Environmental Health and Sustainable Communities

The REHIS Annual Conference is the principal Environmental Health and Public Health event to take place in Scotland. It provides a time to reflect on current and future approaches to protecting and improving the health of the Scottish people,to renew friendships and make new ones. The Conference is being held in Edinburgh at the Menzies Belford Hotel this year from 17th to 18th April.
For more information and a booking form see the attached document.

Food Standards Agency - Deadline approaching for postgrad applications

The Agency is reminding would-be applicants that the closing date for applying for its postgraduate research training scholarships (advertised last autumn) is 29 February 2008.
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REHIS Conference 2008

The REHIS Annual Conference is the principal Environmental Health and Public Health event to take place in Scotland. It provides a time 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 Edinburgh this year and I look
forward to welcoming you.
Robert Howe, President

Roadshows for REHIS Trainers a great success

A series of roadshows for REHIS Trainers presented over the last two weeks in Dundee,Aberdeen,Glasgow and Falkirk have been hailed a great success by all who were involved.

Reducing number of EHOs in Scottish local authorities a concern

Tom Bell the REHIS Chief Executive expressed concern that the number of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) employed by Scottish local authorities continues to decline. Tom was giving evidence to the Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 January during a session convened to consider the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill. Tom advised the committee that the number of EHO posts in Scotland had dropped from around 800 in 1990 to below 500 in 2006 (the last year for which REHIS has statistics).

Progress on Sunbed Control

Ken Macintosh MSP (pictured) yesterday stated that he had secured agreement from Scottish Government ministers to allow amendments to the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill currently going through Parliament.

The Government is minded to allowing the Bill to being amended at Stage 2, which would bring in controls on unstaffed sunbed parlours and restrict use to over 18s only. Having to provide customer information would also be a requirement.

Season's Greetings

The President, members of Council and members of staff at REHIS wish everyone in the Scottish and international environmental health community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The International Federation of Environmental Health

The International Federation of Environmental Health- 10th World Congress, hosted by the Australian Institute of Environmental Health, will be held in Brisbane between 11 and 16 May 2008. The Congress theme will be - Environmental Health, a Sustainable Future - 20 Years On. Full details are available on the IFEH website www.ifeh2008.org.

National Hand Hygiene Campaign - Project Update

This Update is being issued to all Project Stakeholders to provide a summary of the activities which have been taken forward by the HPS Project Team. Since being launched on 12th January 2007 the Campaign has undertaken a number of activities aimed at reducing avoidable illness amongst patients,staff and the general public. The Update is attached.

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