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Standards Australia E-News February 2012

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Draft Standard on Bushfire Water Spray Systems

Optical Standards Update

Perth Stakeholder's Reception

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process Workshops

Australia Day Recognises Standardisers

Australia’s Participation in International Standards Development Activities

Review of Ventilation Code

 

Technical Infrastructure Alliance (TIA)

Transparency in Corporate Governance

New Standard for Rural and Urban Addressing

ICT Experts to Drive National Standards Development

Drafts Open for Comment

Proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations

List of Recently Published Standards

Draft Standard on Bushfire Water Spray Systems

The Draft Australian Standard on Bushfire Water Spray Systems (DR AS 5414) is open for public comment until 8 February 2012. The objective of the Standard is to provide system designers and installers with information on the design, installation and maintenance of bushfire water spray systems.

Bushfire water spray systems are intended to complement the requirements of AS 3959, and should be considered as one component of a holistic fire management plan more

Optical Standards Update

Standards Australia is developing optical standards to ensure the industry and consumers benefit from alignment with the latest international standards. Our optical standards development committee has made significant process in developing new standards which equip the industry for the future.

Last year Standards Australia published a suite of new standards. These included AS/NZS ISO 21987: 2011 Ophthalmic optics – Mounted spectacle lenses which was the result of significant international contributions by members of the committee. Some of these Standards replace AS 2228.1 – 1992 Spectacles – Spectacle lenses which will be withdrawn by February 2012 more

Perth Stakeholder's Reception

Perth, Western AustraliaStandards Australia’s Board, which is meeting in Perth on 24 February 2012, will also be hosting a stakeholder reception.

At the reception an update on Standards Australia will be provided, and feedback sought from our stakeholders.

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process Workshops

Standards Australia is opening a new round of the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process. The submission period for project proposals opens on Thursday, 2 February 2012 and closes on Thursday, 1 March 2012. For further information and proposal application forms visit here.

Standards Australia will be conducting workshops for stakeholders interested in participating in the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process. We will be running workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. For more information please contact events@standards.org.au

Australia Day Recognises Standardisers

Standards Australia has welcomed the recognition of George Davey and John Fenwick as Members (AM) of the General Division as part of the Australia Day Honours.

“This gesture recognises two important Standards Australia committee members for their technical expertise and many years of service to standardisation in Australia,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Australia’s Participation in International Standards Development Activities

Australian stakeholders contribute to a wide range of international standards development activities through Standards Australia. We are currently undertaking a project to ensure that the net benefit to Australia of this international engagement is publicly documented. Our aim is to ensure that current Participating (P) and Observer (O) membership of ISO and IEC technical committees are clearly linked to identified industry, government or societal needs and provide net benefit to the Australian community. This exercise is being conducted in accordance with Standards governance body requirements.

The outcomes of the project are aimed at providing a transparent and open view of Australia's international work and aligning the requirements for a Net Benefit case for all standards development work undertaken by Standards Australia. If you have any questions regarding the review please email intreview@standards.org.au

Review of Ventilation Code

This year stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute to the revision of one of the more significant standards, AS 1668.2 ‘The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings - Ventilation design for indoor air contaminant control’.

The revision seeks to separate AS1668.2 into two parts: AS1668.2 – Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings and AS1668.4 – Natural Ventilation of Buildings. Issues proposed to be addressed through the revision relate to natural ventilation, smoking in buildings and changes in ventilation technology, communities and workplaces. It is anticipated the Building Code of Australia will adopt the revised edition of AS1668.2.

The Standard is scheduled to be released for public comment by mid-2012 and further details will be provided at that time. As always stakeholders will be encouraged to participate in the public comment process.

Technical Infrastructure Alliance (TIA)

TIA logoStandards Australia is committed to promoting Australia’s technical infrastructure as a national asset. The TIA provides a single point of access to the combined capability, expertise and resources of the four core bodies responsible for Australia’s Standards and Conformance.

The TIA comprises the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ); National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA); National Measurement Institute (NMI); and Standards Australia. For more on standards and Conformance click here

Transparency in Corporate Governance

New International Organization for Standardization (ISO) management system standards for records will facilitate transparency in corporate governance. And with corporate governance increasingly in the public spotlight, these standards come at a critical time.

ISO 30300:2011, Information and documentation – Management systems for records – Fundamentals and vocabulary, and ISO 30301:2011, Information and documentation – Management systems for records – Requirements, distil the expertise of experts drawn from 27 countries on five continents more

Addressing

New Standard for Rural and Urban Addressing

Standards Australia has published a revised standard streamlining and clarifying the usage of street names and numbering.

“The Standard will assist emergency services, postal services, and the community at large in locating addresses,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

The non-mandatory Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS NZS 4819-2011 Rural and urban addressing) provides guidance for authorities in assigning addresses, naming roads and localities, signage usage, recording and mapping information more

ICT Experts to Drive National Standards Development

Leaders from across the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry have come together for the inaugural meeting of Standards Australia’s JTC 1 Strategic Advisory Committee.

JTC 1 is the Joint Technical Committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – both of which Standards Australia is a member – and is charged with developing standards to promote integration and innovation in ICT.

“JTC1 is the key vehicle for ensuring Australian Standards are aligned with critical international trends,” said Adrian O’Connell, General Manager of Operations, Standards Australia more

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

Proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations

Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant suite of Australian Standards. Australian Standards that have been reviewed and are intended to be either withdrawn or reconfirmed without technical changes, will be listed on this website for public feedback before the proposed actions become effective. View the list of proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations here

List of 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 since our previous update visit here