Invitation to submit abstracts for the 3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference

The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in conjunction with Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA) announce the call for abstracts for the 3rd IFEH Academic and 16th MUEHSA Scientific Conference that will take place from 9th to 11th April 2019 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda.

Cleaner Air for Scotland Governance Group joined by two new representatives

The Cleaner Air for Scotland Governance Group (CAFS) has been strengthened with specialists in health, environmental science and regulation.

The group who oversee clean air in Scotland, has been joined by two new representatives; the British Heart Foundation Scotland with interests in health, environmental science and regulation and Professor Campbell Gemmell, an expert in environmental science, policy and regulation.

Soft drinks levy comes into effect

On the 6 April 2018 the Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into effect, a key milestone for the government’s bid to tackle childhood obesity.

The tax on soft drinks, commonly referred to as the ‘Sugar Tax’, has already resulted in over 50% of manufacturers reducing the sugar content of drinks since it was announced in March 2016 – the equivalent of 45 million kg of sugar every year.

Scotland's first Low Emission Zone starts to take shape

Glasgow city council has outlined proposals for the introduction of Scotland’s first low emission zone, aimed at tackling air pollution in the city centre.

The details were discussed in an update report to the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City Policy Committee on Tuesday 20 March.  

The new zone, covering the city centre, is due to come into effect at 23.59 on 31 December 2018.

Scotland's National Chef backs Royal Environmental Health Institute Scotland's funding for 10,000 Scottish pupils to gain food safety qualification

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland’s (REHIS) funding of £50,000 is being matched by Food Standards Scotland to expand the delivery of the Elementary Food Hygiene Course. This will provide up to 10,000 secondary school pupils with the resources to complete the training in 2018.

Climate change impacts on Scotland's geology

A report assessing which of Scotland’s protected geological features are at risk from climate change was published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The report, possibly for the first time, analyses important geological and geomorphological features on all legally protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Scotland.

VIBES- Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 launch

Businesses in Scotland of all sizes and sectors are urged to enter the accredited environmental awards scheme VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.

The VIBES Awards recognise businesses which have shown commitment, action and achievement in their aims to improve their environmental performance, enhance the competitiveness of their business and support wider goals of sustainable development.

The 2018 categories are:

UK Supreme court dismisses HSE appeal

The UK Supreme court has published its judgement in the case of Health Safety Executive(HSE) v Chevron North Sea Ltd which dismissed the HSE appeal.

Scottish food and drink exports hit £6 billion a year

Overseas Scottish food and drink exports were worth approximately £6 billion in 2017 - almost £570 million more than 2016.

Food exports were valued at about £1.6 billion – a rise of 15% (£214 million) during the same period. Exports of food to Europe were worth £1.1 billion after an increase of 13%, or £125 million.

Fish and seafood accounted for the majority of food exports and were worth approximately £944 million, up 23% from last year. Scotch Whisky exports also increased by around £356 million compared to 2016.

Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said:

Annual surveillance reports published for Salmonella and Campylobacter

The annual surveillance reports for laboratory-confirmed cases o Salmonella and Campylobacter in Scotland in 2017 have been published on the Health Protection Scotland website.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

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