University College Dublin Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship to work on a project entitled Enhancing human health through improved water quality. Specifically the successful applicant will work on the development of a Microbial Risk Assessment model to monitor the dispersion, transport and potential human exposure to waterborne hazards including viruses and bacteria. The project is conducted in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway and is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Development Plan under the ERTDI programme.

Cypriot EHOs twin with REHIS

The Association of Public Health Inspectors of Cyprus (APHIC) and REHIS have signed a 'twinning' agreement leading to closer co-operation on international Environmental Health matters. The invitation to twin came from Cyprus last year with the suggestion that the relationship be formalised. A delegation, led by the President, John Stirling, travelled to Cyprus for the signing ceremony, which was held in Nicosia on 24 February, in the presence of the Cypriot Government Health Minister.

Christine Green's presentation on food allergens and allergies

Food allergies will soon be an additional subject to be covered during all the REHIS Food Hygiene Courses.The relevant Handbooks will all include the necessary information to allow presenters to include the subject in their presentations and we will be producing a couple of new acetates/slides for future Presenter's Resource Packs.Christine's presentation will give you information about the law and food allergens and intolerances.

'Urgent Action' needed in Environmental Health

Dr David Old has completed his two-year independent report commissioned by REHIS on the Environmental Health profession in Scotland. His Project Steering Group (PSG) recommends five priority actions and says that everyone concerned must act with urgency.

The five priority actions are listed below. For the full report and appendices, see the Members' Library.

England adopts Smoking Ban

The House of Commons has voted for a full ban on smoking in enclosed public places in England, similar to the measures which will apply in Scotland from next month. Although the ban in England is not likely to take effect until 2007, it was welcomed by the President of REHIS, John Stilrling, who said "This is a welcome move which helps to lay out a level playing field across the UK and will minimise confusion for businesses and members of the public"

Glasgow cracks down on Noise

A major awareness campaign tackling anti-social noise pollution in Glasgow has being launched by Glasgow City Council. The “Anti social noise pollution - noise, nuisance or nightmare” message is being delivered via a £125,000 advertising campaign. “Anti social noise pollution - noise, nuisance or nightmare” is being used throughout the campaign and illustrates the various noise nuisances from barking dogs, playing loud music, shouting and drilling.

Peter Midgeley's Presentation on the New Food Hygiene Law

This is a copy of the presentation given by Peter at the One Day Trainers' Update Course in Dundee on the 8th February 2006

Links to references to Food Hygiene Legislation

These are web links to references about Food Hygiene Legislation. From the html file right click on the hyperlink and select 'save target as'. This captures the documents as pdf files very quickly.

Dinner nets benefit for Malawi

Donations and the proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner raised the sum of £358. This has been presented to Tracy Morse (née Thomson), a Scottish EHO working on a project with orphans near Blantyre, Malawi. Tracy said 'This is great news. With this money I can buy mosquito nets for 100 orphans and 100 vulnerable individuals and also for the volunteers who assist at the centre (there are 30 of them that help out on a rota). It would make a big difference to
those families especially as we are in the malaria season now.

New Healthy Food Course launched in Dundee

In the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, a wide range of food providers - such as schools, residential homes and community centres - will be taught at REHIS food-safety training centres around Scotland, how to improve the nutritional value of meals. The course has been devised in conjunction with NHS Health Scotland, The Scottish Executive, Food Standards Agency Scotland, the Scottish Community Diet Project and the Scottish Healthy Choices Award Scheme.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

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