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Standards Australia E-News May 2011

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Second Round Project Prioritisation

Protecting Our Waterways

Risk Financing Guidelines

Draft Revised Standard for Rural & Urban Addressing

Fire Detection for Hearing Impaired

 

Post-Cyclone Yasi Review

Australian International Design Awards

IEC Booklet for Explosive Environments

Drafts Open for Comment

Recently Published Standards

Second Round Project Prioritisation

The Second Round Project Prioritisation process for 2010/11 received nearly 100 proposals containing almost 200 projects. Standards Australia is pleased with the level of stakeholder interest, participation and the overall quality of the submissions received.

Throughout March and April, Standards Australia conducted workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide to guide interested stakeholders through the prioritisation process.

During May and June 2011 we will be undertaking the Net Benefit process of assessing the various proposals for their merit and public interest. This is a vital phase of the process. The Standards Development Committee will meet on 21 June 2011 to consider the applications from proponents.

A full list of the proposals received can be viewed in summary here.

Protecting Our Waterways

River MurrayStandards Australia in collaboration with the South Australian Environment Protection Authority published an Australian Standard for greywater treatment systems in 2009 to help reduce potential risks posed by greywater to the River Murray and South Australian waterways and their sensitive ecosystems.

Paul De Ionno from the Environment Protection Authority and Chair of the Standards Committee said manufacturers are now coming on board, with several either adopting or working towards adoption of the Standard.

It is estimated that more than 2,000 recreational and commercial vessels operate on the River Murray, many discharging untreated greywater directly into the river, damaging the ecosystem, creating algal blooms and contributing to health risks to human and aquatic life.

"It’s promising to see the AS 4995 certified greywater treatment technology being adopted by vessel owners in interstate waterways, such as the River Murray in NSW and Lake Eildon in Victoria," Mr De Ionno said.

Risk Financing Guidelines

HB141 front coverStandards Australia has published new guidelines on risk financing as part of its ongoing commitment to provide best-practice solutions to business needs. Risk financing refers to arrangements to ensure the availability of funds following unintended events.

“The global financial crisis reinforced the cash-is-king mantra and these guidelines outline strategies which can be employed to ensure funds remain available even at times of crisis,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“The role of risk financing is critical in terms of business resilience. The document outlines a range of financing techniques, including insurance, self-funding and capital market strategies,” Mr Blair said.

Mr Blair said the document forms essential reading for directors, managers or risk specialists with responsibilities for implementing their own organisation’s risk financing arrangements, as well as expert providers of risk financing services.

Draft Standard for Rural & Urban Addressing

Standards Australia has released a draft revised Standard on rural and urban addressing for public comment.

“The purpose of the revision is to provide instructions for assigning addresses that can be readily and unambiguously identified and located,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“Reliable and readily understandable addresses are critical for emergency services, postal services and the community at large,” Mr Blair said.

Mr Blair said the Standard is not mandatory or retrospective, but will be far-reaching. It identifies key areas for improvement and clarification. Jurisdictions will be expecting a high level of conformance from local councils more

Fire Detection for Hearing Impaired

Standards Australia has set a new Standard for automatic fire detection and alarm systems for the hearing impaired.

“The Standard addresses a critical safety issue for the hearing impaired and the broader community,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“The objective of this Standard is to provide design and performance specifications for warning equipment that acts with smoke alarms and detectors to alert people with hearing impairment of potential danger,” Mr Blair said.

Standards Australia said there are a variety of means to alert hearing impaired people of fire hazards, including the use of vibration, low-frequency sounds and visual alarm devices more

Post-Cyclone Yasi Review

In light of Cyclone Yasi and the subsequent James Cook University report Tropical Cyclone Yasi Structural Damage to Buildings, Standards Australia is working with stakeholders to review our catalogue of Standards.

Such a significant event demands a review by Committees of relevant Standards. Standards being considered include 1170.2 Structural design actions Part 2: Wind actions; 4055 Wind loads for housing, AS 1684.1  Residential timber framed construction; AS 1562 Design and installation of sheet roof and wall cladding; AS/NZS 4505:1998 Domestic Garage Door Installations; Installation of roof tiles AS 2050-2002; and Roof tiles AS 2049-2002.

Standards Australia welcomes feedback on this matter.

Australian International Design Awards

AIDAAs the new Principal Sponsor of the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), Standards Australia was pleased to see AIDA received their biggest intake this year, with a record 232 nominations across all areas of design and innovation. The calibre of this year's intake is once again impressive and notable for the uniqueness and creativity of the entries.

The 2011 Design Awards will be held in Melbourne and hosted by comedienne Julia Morris, with guest of honour The Honourable Ted Ballieu, Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts. The award finalists will be announced on 27 May at www.designawards.com.au. Tickets to the awards night will also be available online from that date.

IEC Booklet for Explosive Environments

The IEC is pleased to announce that the United Nations via the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has just issued a publication that helps address the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills.

A Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere can be used by countries that lack regulation in this sector as a blueprint for their legislation, and also for aligning existing national regulations with internationally harmonized best practice. For more information visit here.

Drafts Open for Comment

An important stage in the development of an Australian Standard is the public comment period in which drafts are made publicly available in order for members of the general public to contribute their views on the content. The public comment period is usually open for two to three months.

A list of drafts currently open for comment is provided here.

Recently Published Standards

Standards are the result of the collective efforts of many individuals. Standards Australia appreciates the time invested by Committee Members to create the Standards. For a list of Standards published over the last six months click here.