REHIS News

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.

Odour Improvement Plan Training Seminar

Over 60 delegates from local authorities, Scottish Water, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Executive and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) operators attended the Odour Improvement Plan Training Seminar in Stirling last week.
This event, held in partnership with the Scottish Odour Steering Group, updated delegates on the current legal requirements regarding odour from waste water treatment works and the future developments in this field. The afternoon workshops allowed delegates to assess and discuss a variety of sample Odour Improvement Plans.

Highfield named the Doncaster Business Of The Year.

Congratulations to Highfield for winning this prestigious award. The award goes to the most outstanding organisation that has best demonstrated excellence in delivering results through sound leadership, policy and strategy and people involvement using effective systems, delivering the needs and expectations of all stakeholders, customers and the community alike.

Guilty verdict at REHIS Law Enforcement course

The annual REHIS Law Enforcement Course was presented last weekend at the Police College, Tulliallan.
Forty-three professionals from different backgrounds, including Environmental Health Officers, Technical Officers, Trading Standards Officers, Fish Health Inspectors and Fire Safety Managers attended this residential event.

Successful Skin Piercing Seminar for Enforcers and the Industry

Seventy-five Environmental Health professionals, from thirty one local authorities across Scotland, came together in Edinburgh for a training seminar on the new skin piercing legislation.The seminar was organised in partnership with Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Executive Health Department.Delegates gained an update on the amended legislation and a practical insight into skin piercing from representatives from the body piercing, tattooing and sterilisation industry.

Scots tattoo, piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis operators unaware they are breaking the law

Many providers of tattooing, skin piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis services across Scotland may be unaware they are committing a criminal offence by operating without a licence. The warning comes as Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) from throughout Scotland attend the first training seminar on enforcing licensing laws in such premises.

REVIEW OF THE SCOTTISH DIET ACTION PLAN

REHIS is a member of The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Food and was represented by Graham Walker, Director of Training, at the latest meeting which was held in the Parliament on 7 February.
The main item on the Agenda was Theme 1 of the Scottish Diet Action Plan Review.
In support of this item five short presentations were given including one by Professor Tim Lang who chaired the Review Panel.

Family Food - Report on the Expenditure & Food Survey

Family Food is the source of detailed statistical information on purchased quantities, expenditure and nutrient intakes derived from both household and eating out food and drink. Data is collected for a sample of households in the United Kingdom using self-reported diaries of all purchases, including food eaten out, over a two week period. Where possible quantities are recorded in the diaries but otherwise estimated. Energy and nutrient intakes are calculated using standard profiles for each of some 500 types of food.

FIRST SMOKE-FREE CASE CONVICTION

A shopkeeper in Falkirk has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of offences under the smoke-free legislation. Vincent McFadden, a timber merchant, was found guilty of failing to display the required signs, despite having been given them previously. McFadden, who has a timber shop in Dalderse Avenue, Falkirk, became abusive and threatening when Smoking Enforcement Officers approached him about his non-compliance.

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