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BURDEN OF DISEASE ANALYSIS SHOWS WHAT WE ARE LIVING WITH AND DYING FROM IN SCOTLAND

Researchers from NHS Health Scotland and the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland have published new analysis of Scotland’s health. The publication shows the extent to which different diseases affect Scotland’s health and life expectancy.

HEALTH AND SAFETY ORGANISATIONS SEND OPEN LETTER TO PM FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

REHIS have shown support for an open letter signed by more than 70 organisations and individuals from the UK’s safety and health profession urging the prime minster to halt deregulation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

NATIONAL CONCERNS PROMPT HIGHLAND CHECKS ON UV TANNING EQUIPMENT

The Highland Council, one of several local authorities in Scotland which license UV tanning salons, will be conducting an audit on all licensed premises in Highland to verify compliance with EU safety standards regarding the output of ultra violet (UV) radiation.

Environmental Health Officers have become increasingly aware of concerns nationally whereby the UV bulb strength in many cases have been found to exceed the standard for such equipment.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCOTLAND-THE JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND - SUMMER 2017

Environmental Health Scotland-The Journal of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland - Summer 2017

Contents

The Chief Executive’s View

Annual Environmental Health Forum 2017

President’s Welcome

Implementing Health and Safety in the Wholesale/Retail Sector

Presidents of the Institute

IFEH News

Examinations and Professional Standards Committee

Annual Environmental Health Forum -Round-up

“MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH INCIDENTS” GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

The NHS has published a document “Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS Led Incident Management Teams”, which provides generic guidance in preparing for and managing public health incidents in collaboration with partners, especially local authorities (LA).

The guidance which was first published in 2003 and then revised in 2011 and now in 2017 has taken into account changes in legislation and also been informed by reviewing evidence from previous events such as Outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Lothian in 2012.

MOSSMORRAN FLARING - SEPA INVESTIGATION

On 21 June, NHS Fife convened a meeting with Health Protection Scotland, SEPA and Fife Council to agree an action plan in light of concerns over flaring at Mossmorran.

There have been a considerable number of complaints from the community following prolonged flaring from the complex, which is operated by Shell and Exxon Mobil.

SEPA regulates the environmental aspects of these sites under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, and both Operators hold licences which control conditions relating to flaring.

ALGAL AND SHELLFISH TOXINS WARNING

Monitoring by Environmental Health at Argyll and Bute Council has found raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in Loch Melfort and Seil Sound. It means shellfish have toxins levels above the legally permitted levels for harvest and members of the public are asked not to harvest them.

The naturally occurring toxins accumulate in molluscs such as mussels, oysters, cockles and razor clams. When levels breach statutory limits, harvesting of affected species is prohibited.

NEW GUIDE PUBLISHED BY SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE CHILDCARE SETTINGS

A new guide to enhance the design of childcare provision across Scotland is now available for local authorities, private and third sector providers.

"Space to Grow - Design guidance for early learning and childcare and out of school care settings” is a result of a lot of hard work by, and positive collaboration between, the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Futures Trust, local authorities and Scottish Government.

JUNK FOOD ADVERTS BANNED ON MEDIA AIMED AT CHILDREN

On the 1 July, new advertising regulations came into force banning adverts for foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) on all children’s media.

The new regulations, announced last December after a consultation, mean that adverts that directly or indirectly promote HFSS products cannot appear in media including websites, social media and paper media aimed at children under 16, or where children under 16 make up at least 25% of the audience.

FAECAL BACTERIA FOUND IN ICE FROM MAJOR COFFEE CHAINS

A BBC Watchdog investigation of iced water from the three major coffee chains Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero found faecal coliform bacteria in samples.

An undercover investigation revealed that iced water obtained from high street outlets Caffè Nero, Starbucks and Costa Coffee all contained faecal coliform bacteria, with a positive test found for seven out of 10 samples from Costa and three out of 10 samples from the other two chains. Cleanliness of tables, trays and high chairs at the chains was also tested at 30 branches.

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