In this edition: qldwater Membership Update| Safe Work Australia – Workplace Exposure Standards| Levels of Service Case Studies IIMM| Water Quality Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest
qldwater is proud to announce we’ve had 100% qldwater membership renewals for 2021/22 with 72 full members and 23 affiliates.
While strong membership obviously helps the Directorate’s financial security, this voluntary response is fantastic for a not-for-profit organisation and particularly important in supporting our advocacy to government on behalf of the sector.
Thanks to all for your continued support of this critical industry initiative
If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate Member please email Naomi Carragher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Key actions since the last update:
If you had intended to send any data or other information through but missed the deadline, please still submit when you are able. Information from a diverse range of businesses can only help the case and in extrapolating information for state-wide impacts.
As you would be aware, the regulatory requirements for the development of Customer Service Standards or Customer Service Charters are either contained in the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act or South East Queensland customer water and wastewater code.
In addition, we have been informed the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) now has a rolling program of review. The project team is seeking Case Studies from any Queensland water service provider for the Levels of Service chapter. Key areas of focus are:
If you are keen to share your ‘before and after’ story, please contact email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with the IPWEA representative, noting they will need a draft outline before Christmas.
Note, there is a free IIMM Information Session focussed on Water Sector Reforms scheduled for 30 Nov.
Details can be found by clicking here.
As always, qldwater is interested in any general comments about your recent CSS reviews and the level of IIMM utilisation in your business.
NHMRC is seeking experts to join the Water Quality Advisory Committee. The role of the committee is to advise on water-related public health issues as requested by NHMRC, in particular priorities and quality of the evidence to inform the rolling review of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
The members of the Committee will be appointed based on their recognised expertise in one or more of the following fields: public health, evidence translation and methodology, guideline development, epidemiology, microbiology, toxicology, water chemistry, water recycling, surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water quality risk assessment and risk management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and consumer representation.
Information about the Committee and expression of interest process is available onNHMRC's website.Back to list