REHIS News

COVID- Diary Hazel Stevenson- The Work of the ETC-19 Group

Hazel Stevenson, Environmental Health Manager at Aberdeen City Council COVID-diary contribution accounts the incredible work carried out by Environmental Health and Trading Standards COVID-19 Expert Officers Group and also then answers questions on how her role at the local authority has changed.

The Work of the ETC-19 Group

Spot checks and inspections at schools in Scotland

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors have carried out a programme of COVID-secure school spot checks in Scotland regarding the implementation of school reopening guidance.

Scottish government propose delay smoke alarm legislation until 2022

The Scottish Government will ask parliament to delay new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by 12 months due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Legislation due to come into effect in February 2021 meant the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds would have been extended to all homes in Scotland.

Due to the practical difficulties likely to be faced by homeowners seeking to make the necessary changes to their homes, the Scottish Government will now seek to move implementation back to February 2022.

Scottish government propose delay smoke alarm legislation until 2022

The Scottish Government will ask parliament to delay new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by 12 months due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Legislation due to come into effect in February 2021 meant the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds would have been extended to all homes in Scotland.

Due to the practical difficulties likely to be faced by homeowners seeking to make the necessary changes to their homes, the Scottish Government will now seek to move implementation back to February 2022.

Food Standards Scotland opens public consultation on their draft strategy for 2021-2026

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has opened a public consultation on its proposals for its new strategy for 2021-26.

The draft strategy is titled ‘Protecting Scotland in a Changing Food Environment’, and identifies FSS’s proposed key priorities for the next five years.

COVID- Diary- Rosemary Davidson

Rosemary Davidson, Food Training Scotland discusses how training has had to adapt to be online and also talks about her contact tracing role with NHS.

1.         Describe you work before the pandemic? 

FSS issues precautionary advice on cooking processed chicken products following link to UK cases of salmonella

FSS have issued precautionary advice on cooking processed chicken products following a link to UK cases of salmonella

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) are reminding consumers to take care when handling and cooking chicken products at home.  

The move comes as both organisations are involved in a multi-agency investigation into a suspected rise in cases of salmonella linked to processed chicken products, which has resulted in two UK product recalls.

COVID- 19 - face covering regulations

On Thursday 15 October the First Minister’s statement announced that from Monday 19 October face coverings must be worn in all communal areas in indoor workplaces, where people mingle or gather (except where exemptions apply such as where measures are in place to keep persons separated).

Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas in indoor workplaces, where people mingle or gather (except where exemptions apply, such as where measures are in place to keep persons separated).

Focus Games launch new digital platform

Focus Games have launched a new digital platform ZeST to allow their games to be played as group games on Zoom, MS Teams, etc. and they have just added a version of the Food Hygiene game with a 4 month FREE trial www.zestfocus.com

Food Standards Scotland has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and their Employees

Food Standards Scotland have updated its guidance for food business operators (FBOs) and their employees on 19 October. It aims to assist all businesses in the food and drink sector in following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19.

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