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Environmental Health COVID-19 Response

27th March 2020 RIAMS

Dear Colleagues

We are continuing to support our network of Environmental Health and Public Protection professionals as the outbreak continues to unfold. There is no doubt in my mind that this crisis is going to continue for several months. Keep an eye on our RIAMS Communities where COVID-19/ Coronavirus related issues are being discussed in topics as diverse as Private Water Supplies, Food Hygiene, Housing and Public Health Act burials. Some groups on Communities are open to our private sector colleagues, many of whom will be looking for a new role; please invite them into Communities so they can join in the response.

RIAMS Communities is free to use and is an excellent medium to share front line issues. Communities are backed by our team of specialists in case you are short on answers and we are not frightened to admit when we don’t know either! If you want to start a new Community specifically for COVID-19 just contact us and it can be opened.

Our profession and the many related public protection professions have an important role to play in the outbreak response. We want to highlight the CIEH COVID-19 volunteering initiative led by our good friend Gary McFarlane, CIEH Director NI. Gary quite rightly wants to facilitate Environmental Health and other related professionals who want to offer volunteer assistance in this time of crisis. If you can, please register here.

For our RIAMS Libraries subscribers we are producing new content on demand to help address the wide variety of scenarios you might have to resolve. COVID-19/ Coronavirus content is being posted in the Administration folders so that everyone with a subscription can access this at no extra cost.

We have received some insights from our Australian Environmental Health partners which have been posted on our LinkedIn account. The picture it paints will resonate here in the UK, Environmental Health is an essential function but at times we can be overlooked.

Discussing the CIEH COVID-19 volunteering initiative with Gary, made it clear to me that we need to find out what is happening across the country. At the moment London is the UK epicentre of infections, critical cases and deaths. Are there lessons being learned by our colleagues in London that we should know about to forewarn other parts of the UK? Are there contingencies being planned or specific roles that some of our colleagues are performing that would be good to share as best practice? We would encourage colleagues to share their experiences through RIAMS Communities where this would be of benefit to others.

Keep safe

Robert Halford

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner

Managing Director RHE Global