Dr Jim Smith, one of the Institute’s Honorary Vice-Presidents, visited the Institute’s offices in Edinburgh on 18 May this year at the start of a vocational trip around Europe.
Jim is a past President of Environmental Health Australia, an independent public health planning consultant, a public health policy adviser to local government in Australia and holds a number of academic appointments including that of Adjunct Associate Professor at La Trobe University and at Flinders University.
REHIS is delighted to announce the signing of a new joint award between the Institute and TEENS+ called Healthy You, Healthy Me.
TEENS+ (Transitional Educational, Extra Needs Support) is a full-time further education facility for young, post-school adults with severe and complex learning difficulties.
Doctors writing in the British Medical Journal Case Reports said sushi’s growing popularity in the West could be linked to a rise in parasitic infections.
A team of doctors from Portugal raised concerns after a 32-year old man was admitted to hospital complaining of pain in his abdomen just below his ribs, vomiting and had a slight fever since the previous week.
The year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum was held in Greenock on 26 and 27 April. The Forum seen public health bodies and industry coming together in the interests of “Building Better Futures” which was the theme of the event.
The event was held in the Beacon Art Centre which provided a beautiful backdrop as the room overlooked views of the Firth of Clyde.
The first day seen a fully packed day of speakers. First speaker Dr De Caestecker, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde discussed what actions are needed to tackle health inequalities.
Hepatitis A cases in Lanarkshire Update A reminder regarding the importance of good hand hygiene has come from NHS Lanarkshire’s department of public health, environmental health and other agencies as part of the investigation and management of a hepatitis A outbreak.
The number of confirmed cases has increased from nine to 42.
Most of the cases recall having consumed food produced by the baker JB Christie before mid-April, through its outlets in Airdrie and Coatbridge.
Inspections carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Aberdeen City Council found several instances of potential cross contamination at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in their main production kitchen.
According to a new assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), road traffic is by far the largest source of noise pollution in Europe, with an estimated 100 million Europeans affected by harmful levels.
The EEA briefing ‘Managing exposure to noise in Europe’ provides updated estimates of the numbers of people exposed to noise in Europe. It also provides an update on the measures being taken by EU member states in addressing noise issues.
The Scottish Ministers are consulting to gather views on draft regulations for Private Water Supplies in order deliver the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive as amended (Directive (EU) 2015/1787) for larger private water supplies. These changes need to be transposed by 27 October 2017.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland was lifted on the 30th April.
The prevention zone required bird keepers in all areas of Scotland to put in placed enhanced biosecurity measures prior to letting their birds outside, in order to reduce the risk of disease.
The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game bird will remain in force until 15 May, when a new general license will come into force.
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