15th Annual Public Health Forum

Last week we were pleased to welcome the 15th Annual Public Health Forum to Edinburgh. This event, organised by the UK Public Health Association, is the largest multi-disciplinary Public Health conference in the UK. The conference allows public health professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to come together, share experience and learn from each other. Key conference themes were health inequalities, sustainable development, anti-health forces and locally decided issues, such as public health economics.

New HACCP for Caterers Course launched!

This new course is aimed at those responsible for the development and maintenance of a permanent food safety management procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles. The syllabus aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding required to introduce CookSafe a HACCP based food safety assurance system into a catering business. CookSafe is designed to assist catering businesses understand and implement a HACCP based system

SCOT - The Scottish Coalition on Tobacco Manifesto

Smoking Still Kills - The Scottish Coalition is dedicated to tobacco control and presents this manifesto outlining the next steps Scotland needs to take to reduce the harm caused by smoking.
REHIS is an active member of the coalition.

Environmental Health Officers survey declares smoke-free initiative an outstanding success

A REHIS survey has found that the Scottish ban has been an overwhelming success. Since its introduction on 26th March 2006, Scots Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) have conducted more than 55,000 inspections of premises, resulting in just one prosecution for a breach of the regulations.

Ban on Smoking in Public Places A Great Success!

A questionnaire, recently sent out to all REHIS members and seeking their views on the ban on smoking in public places which was introduced on 26 March last year, has produced some interesting findings. See attached document for more information.

Changes to the CPD Scheme for EHO Members

At the March meeting of the REHIS Council it was agreed that all CPD scheme participants who are EHOs will, as from 2008, be required to submit corroborative evidence of CPD activities along with their record cards. CPD record cards can be downloaded from the members area of the REHIS website and are also available from the REHIS office. EHO members requiring further information should contact Val Cameron or Jennifer Watkins at the REHIS office.

Odour Improvement Plan Training Seminar

Over 60 delegates from local authorities, Scottish Water, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Executive and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) operators attended the Odour Improvement Plan Training Seminar in Stirling last week.
This event, held in partnership with the Scottish Odour Steering Group, updated delegates on the current legal requirements regarding odour from waste water treatment works and the future developments in this field. The afternoon workshops allowed delegates to assess and discuss a variety of sample Odour Improvement Plans.

Highfield named the Doncaster Business Of The Year.

Congratulations to Highfield for winning this prestigious award. The award goes to the most outstanding organisation that has best demonstrated excellence in delivering results through sound leadership, policy and strategy and people involvement using effective systems, delivering the needs and expectations of all stakeholders, customers and the community alike.

Guilty verdict at REHIS Law Enforcement course

The annual REHIS Law Enforcement Course was presented last weekend at the Police College, Tulliallan.
Forty-three professionals from different backgrounds, including Environmental Health Officers, Technical Officers, Trading Standards Officers, Fish Health Inspectors and Fire Safety Managers attended this residential event.

Successful Skin Piercing Seminar for Enforcers and the Industry

Seventy-five Environmental Health professionals, from thirty one local authorities across Scotland, came together in Edinburgh for a training seminar on the new skin piercing legislation.The seminar was organised in partnership with Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Executive Health Department.Delegates gained an update on the amended legislation and a practical insight into skin piercing from representatives from the body piercing, tattooing and sterilisation industry.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

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