In this edition: H2S Update| Asset Criticality Tools and Guideline| Clarification – Essential Workers/ Close Contacts| Webinar – Unitywater's Automated Metering Journey| SUEZ Biofactory II Webinar| Logan City Council Tender
Eflash #495 and #501 refer. Safe Work Australia commenced a process some time ago to review a number of “Workplace Exposure Standards.” The major concern is around management of hydrogen sulfide, with the draft standard proposing the reduction of the current 8hr TWA/STEL concentrations of 10ppm/15ppm to 1ppm/5ppm.*
*TWA = 8 hour time-weighted average – the maximum average airborne concentration of a substance when calculated over an 8-hour working day, for a five-day working week
STEL = time-weighted average maximum airborne concentration of a substance when calculated over a 15 minute period
Since the last update:
In summary, it seeks a halt to proceedings to allow proper industry consultation with appropriate information sourced and fed into the Regulatory Impact Statement.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
A new web page has been established to host the Asset Criticality Tools and Guidelines developed by Clear Idea on behalf of qldwater and co-investors Mackay, Fraser Coast, and Whitsunday Regional Councils.
Previously much of this information has been available to interested members through our Zoho forum platform.
There are two videos explaining the products available to all, with the documents themselves (guideline and spreadsheet) available to members with a password. We have elected not to sell the materials, with other interested parties able to access by becoming a qldwater Affiliate Member.
There are a number of ongoing activities underway related to this work:
Part of the success of the project has been reinforcing the well-known rule that asset risk = condition x criticality so understanding criticality is essential for infrastructure planning.
These materials represent a simple way of helping members review their asset base and along with condition assessments, help prioritise renewal planning. It was surprising to all that something similar didn’t already exist in the market, but several qldwater and AWA event presentations by Moira Zeilinga have affirmed the need. Our thanks to Moira and Jo from Clear Idea and all participating councils in helping develop.
In response to a number of member requests, qldwater has been attempting to seek clarification on the approach to essential services declarations in the event that critical staff (e.g. treatment plant operators) in a lockdown scenario are unable to attend sites because they are a close contact of a COVID-infected person, and subject to mandatory home quarantine.
While the resolution is not as clear as in some other jurisdictions – Victoria has recently mandated vaccinations for critical water industry staff, and made a specific regulated exemption provision for staff in the above scenario – DRDMW has provided a considered response below and the request has clearly been heard. Please contact email@example.com if you have any further questions to raise on this matter.
“Thanks for your email seeking clarification regarding the essential worker process for water treatment plant operators and requested letter from the DG. We have consulted with our colleagues in Water Policy and collectively agree that a letter from the DG DRDMW is not warranted in this case, for the following reasons:
WSR will continue to work with service providers and QH, as appropriate, to ensure that any disruptions are minor and will not lead to a loss of drinking water supplies.”
Steve McDonald was unfortunately ill and unable to present at the qldwater automated metering workshop on 7 September. Steve has kindly agreed to provide a special online presentation, providing an update on Unitywater’s automated metering program on Tuesday 2 November at 10:30 am.
Register Here for the webinar.
Recordings of the other presentations from the day are now available at https://qldwater.com.au/automated-metering-workshop-2021.
Join SUEZ expert, Eric Garcin on the 26th October at 12pm AEDT, for the second in a three-part webinar series on the SUEZ Biofactory.
Eric will detail the successes at home and abroad, and explore how your utility can transition to the future of wastewater.
Register now to book your spot: https://suezanz.com/3vhvl5G
Council’s Logan Water invites tenders for WIS/35/2022 - Sale of Biochar.
The closing time and date for this tender is 2:00pm AEST on Friday, 5 November2021.
All submissions and enquiries in relation to this tender must be submitted through the tender forum here: https://bit.ly/3cEm4vB
Our biochar is an environmentally friendly product made using biosolids, and can benefit industries including agricultural, composting, and building. An online industry briefing will be held for respondents at 10am AEST on 18 October 2021, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this briefing.
As per section 228 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Council might later invite all tenderers to change their tender to take account of a change in their tender specifications.Back to list