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Who, Where, Why, How and When of Standards

ACIL Allen Survey – Economic Value of Standards

Surgical Apparel Opportunities for Australian Stakeholders

Upcoming Forum: Solar and Other Innovative Heating and Cooling Technologies

Technical Seminar on Fine Bubble Technology

 

IEC Young Professionals 2014 Workshop in Tokyo

Project Prioritisation – Round 9

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Who, Where, Why, How and When of Standards


Once you become a standards contributor it’s easy to see why it becomes an all-consuming interest.”

 
So said the Chair of one of Standards Australia’s technical committees. And I have to agree: voluntary, consensus based, documentary standards are a vital element of the technical infrastructure of all successful modern economies.

We develop standards based on the principles of openness (processes used are open on a non-discriminatory basis to interested parties), balance of representation (technical committees have a balance of representation to achieve consensus), due process (adequate notice of meetings, sufficient time to review drafts), and consensus (defined as general agreement, but not necessarily unanimity).

One of our challenges is to build an understanding with the next generation of contributors as to how important, useful, satisfying and interesting (I could go on…) standards development is. And wishful thinking is not sufficient.

So in August, Standards Australia presented lectures on the "Who, Where, Why, How and When of Standards" to university students from engineering, management and design faculties in NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

Why? Because the current crop of students in universities and TAFEs will be the ones who lead business, industry and government beyond 2020.

The take-aways from the lectures were:
Standards are appropriate and relevant tools for business leaders now and in the future.
Standards can promote economic efficiency, labour productivity and market access.
Standards are part of the solution for solving issues of harmonisation across state and national borders.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

ACIL Allen Survey – Economic Value of Standards


 
Standards Australia has commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to identify the value to the economy from having Australian technical standards, and in particular the deemed to satisfy standards (DTS) referenced in the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia.

The questions asked in this survey revolve around how technical standards are used, the impact of technical standards on industry and the economy and the involvement of industry in the development of technical standards.

The survey is also seeking views and feedback in relation to the effectiveness of Standards Australia as an organisation and how technical standards can be improved in general. It closes on 10 September 2014.

Please feel free to share the survey with committees and other stakeholders as appropriate. If you have any questions please contact nsm@standards.org.au

Click here to take the survey.

Surgical Apparel Opportunities for Australian Stakeholders


Standards Australia’s national mirror committee HE-013 Surgical Apparel has recently completed the revision of three joint standards:

AS/NZS 4011.1:2014 Single-use medical examination gloves – Part 1: Specification for gloves made from rubber latex or rubber solution;
AS/NZS 4011.2:2014 Single-use medical examination gloves – Part 2: Specification for gloves made from poly(vinyl chloride); and
AS/NZS 4179:2014 Single-use sterile rubber surgical gloves – Specification.

A new project has recently been approved to revise AS 4381–2002 Single-use face masks for use in health care. There are now opportunities for additional peak organisations to participate on the technical committee and experts to join the working group to revise AS 4381. It is anticipated that work will commence in October 2014. In addition, HE-013 is also actively involved in ISO/TC 45/SC 4/WG 5 Gloves and other latex products and Participating member of SC 4 Products (other than hoses).

Interested organisations and experts can contact Mr Damian Fisher, Senior International Development Manager on damian.fisher@standards.org.au or telephone 02 9237 6098 for more information.

Upcoming Forum: Solar and Other Innovative Heating and Cooling Technologies


 
In 2013, Standards Australia published the interim standard AS 5389(Int)—2013 Solar heating and cooling systems—Calculation of energy consumption. It currently covers two technologies: solar heated hot water for space heating; and desiccant cooling for space cooling. For the first time, it allows independent assessment of the energy performance of these technologies.

The interim standard has a life of two years, after which it will need to be confirmed, revised or withdrawn. There is now an opportunity to extend the number of technologies to include other emerging HVAC technologies, all of which are partial air conditioning solutions dependent on hour by hour weather conditions. In association with AIRAH, Standards Australia will host a forum on Thursday 18 September 2014 to discuss the future of AS 5389(Int)—2013. The forum will essentially serve three key purposes:

Afford key stakeholders with the opportunity to express their views on the future of energy performance standards for heating and cooling technologies;
Consider the presentation of technical experts regarding the value of the Interim Standard to Australian stakeholders; and
Provide information to stakeholders regarding options for new project work and standards development activity.

Guest speakers will present on the future of innovative HVAC systems energy calculation. Participants will have the opportunity to join a discussion after the presentations. Views expressed will assist in the shaping of future standards development work.

Date: Thursday 18 September 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration from 9:30 am
Venue: Cliftons Sydney, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Friday 5 September to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, title and organisation details.

Light lunch to be provided – please advise of any specific dietary requirements by RSVP.

For further information please contact Varant Meguerditchian, National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6119 or varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au

Technical Seminar on Fine Bubble Technology


Sign up for an upcoming seminar to explore the many potential applications of this innovative bubble technology.

 
In Australia, fine bubble technology is still relatively new. Fine Bubble is an innovative technology with the potential to be used in applications over a wide range of industries, such as cleaning, sterilisation, agriculture, fisheries, food production, beverages, medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare.

As the technologies of Fine Bubble generation and measurement have advanced, various applications of Fine Bubble technology have been reported. Register your interest to attend the upcoming Fine Bubble Technology forum, and learn how one of the key industries in the near future can be further developed in Australia.

The workshop aims to update stakeholders on key international efforts to standardise Fine Bubble Technology principles. Join Dr Toshihiro Fujita, Chair of the Japanese National Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology, as he provides us with the latest updates and trends. Discussion topics include fine bubble technology generation, measurement, applications, and the importance of international standardisation.

It will also be an opportunity to contribute input into Australia’s position, and determine whether involvement at an international level is appropriate for the industry. More information about Fine Bubble Technology from ISO website.

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Time: 10am – 1:00 pm. Registration from 9:30 am
Venue: Standards Australia, Exchange Centre, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Tuesday 30 September 2014 to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, title and organisation details.

Light lunch to be provided – please advise of any specific dietary requirements by RSVP.

For further information please contact Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6088 or alison.scotland@standards.org.au
 
     
 
 

IEC Young Professionals 2014 Workshop in Tokyo


 
Standards Australia is pleased to announce the two successful candidates for the IEC Young Professionals Program:

Annie Tchung
Beer Opatsuwan

Annie and Beer will be representing Australia and attending the IEC Young Professionals 2014 workshop, to be held in Tokyo on 10–12 November during the IEC General Meeting.

It is an ongoing IEC priority to expand its expert community to involve more and more qualified people. To date 211 participants from 40 countries have participated in the IEC Young Professionals program since it was launched in 2010.

The IEC Young Professionals program provides a springboard for further involvement in electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment work. The program is geared towards younger professionals whose work already encompasses the use of electrotechnical standards; professionals with technical, managerial and engineering skills.

The response from participants and their companies from previous workshops has been positive and enthusiastic. Participants say they have come away from the three-day workshop with a deeper understanding of the standardisation process, a broadened technical expert network and the satisfaction of feeling part of the bigger IEC world. The networking opportunity with experts in similar fields of activity is particularly valued by participants.

For the Tokyo workshop, each IEC Member country can register two or three representatives, chosen via a National Committee selection process. More information about the IEC Young Professionals 2014 workshop.

We wish Annie and Beer the best of luck with the program.

Project Prioritisation – Round 9


Twice a year, Standards Australia considers project proposals for standards development projects. Proposals for all Standards Australia resourced projects are to be submitted through the Prioritisation Process for consideration and allocation of Standards Australia's resources. The current round, Round 9, opened on Monday 11 August and closes Wednesday 24 September 2014. Visit our website to find out more.

Sector Updates


Read about the latest standards development news in your industry sector in our monthly Sector Updates. You will find information on approved standards development projects, draft standards for public comment, and recently published documents here

Drafts Open for Comment


The public comment process is an important part of standards development, providing an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. A summary of draft standards currently open for comment is available here