eFlash #520

eFlash #520

eFlash #520
Date: 27-Jan-2022

In this edition: Updates to Radiological Water Quality Advice Australian Drinking Water Guidelines| qldwaterRecruiting - New Skills Manager

1. Updates to Radiological Water Quality Advice Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) maintains the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 (the Guidelines) through a rolling review process to ensure they provide an evidence-based framework for the management of drinking water supplies. 

NHMRC has collaborated with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to update sections of the Guidelines relating to the radiological quality of drinking water. Sections of the Guidelines that have been updated are: 

  • Chapter 7 – Radiological quality of drinking water 
  • Chapter 10 – Monitoring for specific characteristics in drinking water (radiological aspects) 
  • Information Sheet 2.2 – Radiological monitoring and assessment of performance 
  • Factsheets on radium, alpha and beta radionuclides, radon-222 and the uranium factsheet (radiological aspects only). 

The updated guidance was drafted by experts from ARPANSA.
 Information and terminology have been updated to reflect current best practice in radiation protection and radiation measurement. The updates will also provide regulators and other users of the Guidelines with additional information on the radiological quality of drinking water. 

The NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee advised on the draft updates. In addition to public consultation, input was also provided by the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) Water Quality Expert Reference Panel and Radiation Health Expert Reference Panel. An Administrative Report has been prepared to provide further information on how the guidance was developed and how jurisdictional and public comments were addressed. 

Details of these updates, the updated Guidelines and Administrative report are available on NHMRC's website

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

2. qldwater Recruiting - New Skills Manager

Are you passionate about skilling to support essential community services? Join our small team in our big vision to deliver safe, secure and sustainable water services to all Queensland communities.

The Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) provides a voice to the urban water and sewerage services industry through advice and advocacy on behalf of its members which are mostly local councils, or local government owned entities across the state.

 As the Skills Manager, you will help build the skills and careers of water industry workers through the development workforce planning and capacity building programs, gathering and providing advice on skills investment. It is an exciting and challenging role that will suit someone with a HR / Training / Workforce Planning background. Water industry experience with exposure to water operations would be highly regarded, but not essential.

 Hours can be negotiated between 3 days per week and full time. Apply from the link below.

Apply for the position here.

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