Protecting the public’s health
In addition to advances in health protection, the prevention and control of infectious diseases and other threats has provided the opportunity to optimise the public's health
17 million lives
saved by measles vaccine worldwide since 2000
Air pollution is linked to
40,000 early deaths
a year in the UK
Over one million cases
of food poisoning each year in the UK
Our areas of focus
Food safety is one of our primary areas when it comes to protecting the public’s health. Our qualifications provide those working in food preparation and handling sector with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of food safety and hygiene in order to handle, prepare and serve food that is safe to consume.
Ensuring those handling and serving food in restaurants, takeaways and other establishments are fully aware of the precautions that need to be taken to avoid these extreme reactions is crucial to enable those with allergies to eat out confidently and safely. A recent RSPH investigation in this area found that two thirds of fast food takeaways were breaking the law when it came to providing allergen information to customers.
We are a leading provider of qualifications in pest control which cover everything from the management of rodents to the safe use of rodenticides, as well as health and safety and accident prevention measures.
Legislation dictates many aspects of pest control so it is vital technicians are properly qualified for any work they may be undertaking. Our pest control qualifications provide expert knowledge and practical skills for anyone working in the field and keep them at the forefront of best practice.
A key area of advocacy is vaccinations, particularly the extension of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations to all adolescent boys. Currently, HPV vaccinations are only offered to girls and men who have sex with men (MSM).
There is strong evidence to suggest that extending coverage to boys would reduce cancers resulting from HPV carriers. We are a member of HPV Action, an advocacy group comprised of 47 patient and professional organisations that campaigns as a united voice to reduce the health burden from HPV.
We have a strong focus on raising awareness surrounding water supply, sanitation and hygiene – all of which are critical public health issues in the UK and around the world. Our Special Interest Group (SIG) for water is made up of expert members in the field. Its role includes responding to government consultations, sharing best practice and competencies and organising seminars and workshops to disseminate information.
We also run a series of water webinars that are hugely popular, accessible and informative. They are conducted by experts from around the world and offer a chance for debate and the sharing of different perspectives on a global scale.