ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
The delivery of the Environmental Health Service in Scotland lies primarily with Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) working in Scotland’s local authorities. 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. The Environmental Health workforce in Scotland’s local authorities also includes Food Safety Officers, Contaminated Land Officers and a range of other technical and scientific support staff.
In recent years the number of opportunities for environmental health professionals to practice in government agencies and in the private sector at home and abroad have increased.
The contribution of Registered Presenters working from REHIS Approved Training Centres to improving and protecting health in Scotland through the delivery of community training courses leading to nationally recognised REHIS qualifications is immense. 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, and these include: University of the West of Scotland, University of Derby, Food Standards Scotland, Health Protection Scotland, Health and Safety Executive, International Federation of Environmental Health, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland.