ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
The delivery of the Environmental Health Service in Scotland lies primarily with Scotland’s local authorities. The local authority Environmental Health workforce includes Environmental Health Officers, Food Safety Officers (FSOs), Technical Officers and a range of other technical and scientific support staff.
Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are public health professionals, educated to degree level and professionally qualified. Their primary objective is to improve and protect the health of Scotland’s people.
Many EHOs work in local authority Environmental Health Service and many work in other settings, including government agencies, the third sector and private organisations.
REHIS Registered Course Presenters work from Approved Training Centres to improve and protect health in Scotland through the delivery of community training courses leading to nationally recognised REHIS qualifications. Presenters of REHIS courses (food hygiene, food and health, HACCP, infection control, and occupational health and safety) are rightly considered to be part of the wider environmental health workforce and the preventative education they deliver contributes to reducing the disease burden in society.
REHIS, EHOs and the wider environmental health workforce work in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including: Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, Food Standards Scotland, Health and Safety Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, International Federation of Environmental Health, Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland, University of the West of Scotland.