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REHIS president David Duffy and Burnright’s Lawson Wight                                                                                            at the recent forum

DELEGATES at the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) welcomed Lawson Wight from the Burnright campaign to their recent annual forum at New Lanark. The forum brings together Environmental Health Officers and professionals, academics and government advisors for two days of seminars, presentations and networking.

REHIS main objectives are to promote the advancement of Environmental Health for the benefit of public health in the community. They do this by stimulating interest and disseminating knowledge and through the promotion of education and training. They are Scotland’s awarding body for the protected titles of Environmental Health Officers and Food Safety Officer and provide professional training covering environmental protection and safety.

Many of the delegates at the Burnright presentation were local authority Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) and all had a specific interest in air quality.

REHIS president David Duffy said “Lawson’s professional insight and technical awareness gave our delegates an eye opening presentation around wood burning practices. Key messages regarding fuel suitability and the need for correct operation of these units will assist our members when tackling smell and smoke nuisance complaints which they often receive. It is hoped through network sharing that Burnright members across Scotland can be taped into as a technical source of advice for Enforcement Officers throughout Scotland. We are very grateful to Lawson and Burnright for his time and attendance at this year’s Forum.”

Lawson Wight from the campaign said “I was very warmly welcomed by the REHIS team and I’d like to thank them all for the opportunity to present to such an engaged audience. Forging links between EHO’s and solid fuel professionals will really help consumer awareness of efficient domestic burning and air quality. I was particularly grateful for the opportunity to talk to REHIS officers and members at their dinner the night before and I think we all learned a lot.”

He summed up the future potential saying, “Chimney sweeps and fireplace installers engaging with EHO’s have a great opportunity to spread the Burnright messages further and faster. This can make a big difference to local air quality for minimal effort and cost.”