REHIS News

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.

Food Standards Scotland launch consultation on the implementation of improved allergen labelling

Food Standards Scotland has launched a consultation on the implementation of improved allergen labelling on food sold prepacked for direct sale. i.e. food that is packed before being offered for sale by the same food business to the final consumer. e.g. sandwiches placed into packaging by the food business and sold from the same premises.

COVID Diary- Tim Lush

Tim Lush, Environmental Health Officer at Glasgow City Council, has been working on the Contact Tracing team for NHS Test and Protect. His contribution gives an insight into the role of contact tracing which is becoming more difficult with rise in cases but also increasingly important in combating the pandemic.

1.         Describe your work before the pandemic? 

COVID Diary- Lisa McCann

Lisa McCann, Service Manager - Environmental Health (Food & Workplace Safety), Fife Council and President of REHIS Council, discusses how both her roles have adapted and how she hopes that positive changes made with hygiene continues into the future.

1.         Describe your work before the pandemic? 

World Environmental Health Day 26 September 2020

World Environmental Health Day was launched by the IFEH Council at its meeting in Indonesia on the 26 September 2011. Every year since 2011 this date has been earmarked to celebrate as World Environmental Health Day with a particular theme, celebrating an environmental health issue Worldwide. 

Clean Air Day 2020- 8 October

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. 

However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020, will be rolled out slightly differently and has been updated so more of the campaign is virtual.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s address on Coronavirus measures and additional resources for Environmental Health Officers

The First Minister (FM) has announced further coronavirus measures and also additional resources for additional Environmental Health Officers at her coronavirus (COVID-19) update speech on 22 September 2020.

The FM stated that the Scottish Government will be providing resources for additional Environmental Health Officers in order for local authorities to significantly step up inspection and enforcement in the hospitality trade to ensure compliance with rules in the sector.

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