The annual liaison meeting with the Environmental Health Association of Ireland was hosted in Edinburgh in August. Professor Kofi Aidoo, REHIS President, chaired the meeting. Discussions covered a wide range of topics of mutual interest including organisational developments and updates, educational and training developments both professional and community, public health alcohol legislation in Ireland and the Irish EHO contribution, smoking areas in licensed premises, and the use of lobbying and media/social media in effective public health advocacy.
The President and Board of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) invite you to get in touch with Environmental Health colleagues across the globe by subscribing to the Federation’s Special Interest Groups – a great way to access over 50,000 environmental health/public health professionals and to exchange views and information on issues of interest to you! Full information is available at the IFEH website - http://www.ifeh.org/sig/.
Professor Kofi Aidoo, the Institute’s President, will lead a group of global experts providing independent advice to the United Nations (UN) on food contaminants that could cause cancer. Kofi has served on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, which is administered jointly by the UN and the WHO, for a number of years. Follow the link below for the full story - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/?id=136884
The Environmental Health Manifesto for Scotland explains what Environmental Health is, its importance to the continued protection of Scotland’s public health both now and in the future and describes how Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and the wider environmental health workforce can help policy makers achieve their objectives. It also sets out four challenges facing the profession and the wider Scottish public.
The REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum will be presented at the Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow on 27 and 28 April this year.The Institute’s President, Professor Kofi Aidoo, will host the event at the University where he has been an active teaching and research academic for many years.The Forum programme can be downloaded here and booking for one or both days are welcome.
REHIS and FSS sign Statement of Intent to work together in an effective and coherent partnership to improve public health, food safety and standards in Scotland. Click on the link to learn more - Statement of Intent
WITNESS FAMILIARISATION COURSE Cited to court? Will I be able to cope? Learn how to be an effective witness Location: The Court Room, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife FK10 4BE Date: Friday 19 February 2016. 09:00 – 17:00 The course will be of relevance to all Environmental Health Officers, Food Safety Officers, Enforcement Officers, Technical Officers, etc who may have to give evidence as witnesses in their professional capacity in a criminal court or at a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
The 2016 WCEH will be held between 3 and 6 May and will feature plenary sessions, symposia, oral communications, poster presentations organised in thematic sessions, focus group discussions, Invited addresses, exhibitions and local field visits.
Tom Bell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, was ‘greatly honoured’ to be awarded Honorary Membership by Environmental Health Association of Ireland and he was present at the Association’s Annual Awards Evening in Dublin on 4 December to receive his certificate of Honorary Membership.
Speaking after the presentation Tom offered his sincere thanks to the Association for the award and for the warmth of the reception he and his wife Angela received on the night.
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