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CEO Report: Keeping the Momentum into 2015

Standards Australia Welcomes New Chairman Richard Brooks

New Revised Standards for Termite Management

CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans receives Engineers Australia President’s Prize

Standards Australia Young Leaders Program

Standards Australia at the Engineers Australia Convention 2014

Focus on Innovation and Cross Border Trade at 78th General Meeting of IEC

ISO COPOLCO Chairs Advisory Group Meeting in Geneva

 

For Public Comment: AS 1071 Placement and Presentation of Hand Hygiene Materials in Health Care Settings

Forum: Harness Anchors

Forum: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users

Keep Up To Date with the National Construction Code

Update on Standards New Zealand

10th Round of Project Prioritisation

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: Keeping the Momentum into 2015


 
This is a bumper issue of E-News for December 2014 and January 2015. As we turn our attention to the first cherries of the season, long summer afternoons and what to do about the seating arrangements for Christmas lunch, it is also timely to reflect on the last 12 months at Standards Australia.

We have just had our Annual General Meeting and Council Meetings. These were held in Melbourne at the side of the Engineers Australia Convention 2014. While these meetings are an obligation under our constitution, they are also an excellent opportunity to reflect on the past year, to consider how standards contribute to our economic well-being and efficiency and receive feedback from our Council members.

At the AGM this year, we welcomed Richard Brooks as our new Chairman and said farewell to Alan Morrison after twelve years of outstanding service on the Board, including four years as Chairman. Alan made significant contributions to standards development both nationally and internationally through his term as ISO President.

The Council Meeting gives the Board and Executive Team an important opportunity to report to our Council on the operational achievements of the past year. Our achievements this year included the release of 271 publications, of which 188 were new or amended standards and more than 50% of these were direct text or modified adoptions of international standards.

2014 has been a busy and rewarding year. We put in place a new organisational structure and have been very active meeting with our Councillors, key stakeholders, government departments and agencies, Ministers and our overseas counterparts.

As with many businesses, we face the challenge of how to be more efficient, more effective and deliver more. Our answer to these challenges is to be Simpler, Faster & Better in what we do. That means we will continue to build on the technology and process transformation initiatives started in 2008.

These active initiatives include improving and streamlining our processes for international adoptions (Simpler), continuing to enhance our internal technology systems for project management (our Electronic Project Management tool IRIS) and for internal collaboration (Yammer) (Faster) and by rolling out online training for drafting leaders and technical committees (Better).

Another important transformation introduced in 2010 was the Project Prioritisation process. This process allows us to evaluate projects in a systematic way to guide the allocation of our internal resources. Our internal resources are by definition finite and so finding an equitable and logical approach to project selection is essential. The 9th round of project submission/ selection has just been completed with the next round opening in February 2015.

Best wishes for this festive season, have a wonderful time and stay safe.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

P.S. Remember to SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on some sunscreen products (compliant to AS/NZS 2604:2012), SLAP on a hat and SLIDE on a pair of sunnies (compliant with AS/NZS 1067:2003).

Standards Australia Welcomes New Chairman Richard Brooks


 
Standards Australia welcomed Mr Richard Brooks (B.Ec., FCPA, FAICD) as its new Chairman of the Board at its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on Friday 28 November.

Mr Brooks will take over the reins from Dr Alan Morrison, who ends his term as Chairman after four years at the helm.

Mr Brooks has held various positions including the Chairman of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia; Executive Director of the Timber Merchants Association, Victoria; Co-Chairman of Timber Industry Superannuation Scheme; and Member of Mt. Buller and Mt. Stirling Alpine Resorts Management Board.

Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, thanked Dr Alan Morrison for dedicating twelve years of his illustrious career to the Board of Standards Australia. Dr Alan Morrison was formerly President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and has served as Chairman of the Board for Standards Australia for the past four years.

“Standards Australia has benefited from Alan’s insight, considerable experience and personal effort to ensure Standards Australia continues to be a great organisation,” said Dr Evans. “Alan’s dedication and commitment to standardisation in Australia and globally will leave a lasting legacy.”

Dr Evans looks forward to working with Mr Richard Brooks on Standards Australia’s plans for strategic development.

“Richard has served on the Board of Standards Australia since 2009 and we welcome his appointment as Chairman. I look forward to working with him as we continue to enhance Standards Australia’s status as the peak national body for standards development,” said Dr Evans.

Echoing Dr Evan’s sentiments, Mr Richard Brooks said, “Standards Australia is a national asset. My immediate task as Chairman is to ensure that Standards Australia continues to deliver viable solutions for the Australian public through internationally-aligned Standards.”

“Over the long term, I hope to grow Standards Australia’s role as an integral part of Australia’s standards and compliance technical infrastructure, and the leading national standards body in the region,” said Mr Brooks.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the Board, Mr Brooks served as Deputy Board Chairman and Chairman of the Board’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. He was also a Member of the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO) and Chairman of Standards Australia’s Technical Committee FP-20, Construction in Bushfire-Prone Areas.

New Revised Standards for Termite Management


 
Standards Australia has published two revised Australian Standards for termite management, intended for use as a tool to assist builders, designers, regulators, manufacturers, installers, and assessors to provide constructions with managed termite risk across Australia.

The two documents are AS 3660.1:2014 Termite management, Part 1: New building work and AS 3660.3:2014 Termite management, Part 3: Assessment criteria for termite management systems. These two documents will replace their 2000 editions and have been developed for use in the National Construction Code.

AS 3660.1:2014 Termite management, Part 1: New building work provides a range of options for termite management that can be implemented during the construction of buildings. Meanwhile, AS 3660.3:2014 Termite management, Part 3: Assessment criteria for termite management systems provides new requirements and pass/fail criteria that will enable manufacturers and system proposers to assess their products and methods. It offers a clear path for compliance with AS 3660.1:2014.

“Termite management is an important issue for the building industry and property owners, and by accounting for the risks of termite damage during construction, we can help property owners to reduce the costs and chemical use of remedial control,” said Dr Don Ewart, Chair of Standards Australia technical committee BD-074 Termites, on which he represents the Total Environment Centre.

“Australia has since the early 1990’s led the world in termite management innovation and our Standards need to reflect this diversity of approaches. The testing Standard, AS 3660.3, has been written so as to provide an assessment path for any conceivable approach,” Dr Ewart said.

The Committee will now turn its attention to AS 3660.2 and the post-construction management of termites.

CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans receives Engineers Australia President’s Prize


 
It was a great honour for our CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans to be presented with the President’s Prize at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 held on 24 November 2014.

Inaugurated in 1990, this award recognises those who have made a major contribution in promoting the contribution engineering makes to the general welfare of the Australian people. It also highlights contributions that may not be recognised in other Engineers Australia’s awards. In recent years, it has been awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or the community, in such a way that Engineers Australia‘s strategic goals were significantly realised.

Dr Evans has over 30 years’ of experience in power generation, engineering education, standards creation, medical devices. In addition to being the current CEO of Standards Australia, she is also Chair of the Advisory Board for Robogals, Chair of Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, a director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, and a member of the Dean’s Industry Steering Committee, UNSW. Previous positions included Senior Vice President (Quality, Clinical and Regulatory) at Cochlear Limited.

Dr Bronwyn Evans received the President’s Prize for her work in championing the engineering industry and her dedication to leadership training and development in the profession, thereby contributing significantly to the key strategic goals of Engineers Australia.

Previous winners included the Young Engineers Australia national committee in 2002 for helping Engineers Australia become more inclusive of its young members; Mr Rob Williamson (WA) in 2003 for his contribution to stimulating young people’s interests in engineering, and more broadly, in recognition of the contribution made by Engineers Australia’s Country Groups; and in 2006, a group of school boys who took their model F1 racing car to the F1inSchools World Finals and won.

Congratulations again to Dr Bronwyn Evans!

Standards Australia Young Leaders Program


 
Our ten eager Young Leaders spent three days in November participating in some intensive standards training and workshops.

The first training session focused on business writing skills, and the Young Leaders were taken through their grammatical paces as they learned how to tailor communications to their audience. Standards Drafting Training came next, delivered by Kate Fraser who is a talented Young Leaders program alumnus. Kate’s training is the same that is delivered to all committee members, which provides a great opportunity to cultivate our committee members for the next generation.

The final day comprised of a mentor-mentee session, where our mentors in Standards Development joined the Young Leaders to evaluate how their coaching relationships were going. Annie Tchung and Beer Opatsuwan then provided the Young Leaders with a compelling presentation about their experiences at the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo and participation in the IEC Young Professionals Program.

With international engagement at the forefront of their thoughts, the Young Leaders then participated in a workshop to determine where they thought standards development and Standards Australia should be going in the future. We aim to have the Young Leaders present their ideas at the next Standards Australia Board meeting.

We look forward to hearing more of their innovative ideas.

Standards Australia at the Engineers Australia Convention 2014


 
Standards Australia was a principal sponsor of the Engineers Australia Convention 2014, one of the largest engineering events held in the southern hemisphere.

The Convention brought together delegates from all areas of the engineering profession, with national and international keynote speakers. Delegates were given a chance to meet professionals and industry leaders to discuss megatrends, share expertise and experience thought leadership that would influence the future direction of engineering in Australia.

The five-day convention comprised an exhibition and six conferences, on themes such as leadership, mastering complex projects, applied mechanics, telecommunication networks and applications; climate change, environment and sustainability; and defence engineering.

Incoming President of Engineers Australia Dr David Cruikshanks-Boyd also committed Engineers Australia to a low-carbon future at the Convention, by formally adopting two new policies on sustainability and climate change. These policies were followed by an implementation plan that advocates for engineers to act proactively to address sustainability and climate change considerations in their practice.

The Convention proved a great opportunity for Standards Australia to educate and inform the public on the fundamental role of Standards in engineering. Standards Australia’s National Sector Managers were on hand at the exhibition to say ‘g’day’. Drawing on Standards Australia’s rich history, our CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans spoke at the Leadership Conference on “Leadership for Resilient Organisations”.

Focus on Innovation and Cross Border Trade at 78th General Meeting of IEC


 
The 78th General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) was held in Tokyo Japan during November 2014. It presented an opportunity for experts and management members from all over the world to exchange views, have in-depth discussions and enjoy productive and enjoyable meetings.

During the Council Session of the IEC General Meeting, IEC General Secretary Mr Frans Vreeswijk reiterated the organisation's overarching goal to facilitate technological innovation and assist with cross border trade. He emphasised the need to support the growth of sustainable smart cities through the development of IEC standards.

The IEC Council Session was held with the participation of more than 60 member nations from across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and America. IEC governance committees responsible for standardisation and conformity assessment also met to discuss current issues and to plan for the year ahead. An additional 50 IEC technical committee meetings were held in the week before and after the General Meeting.

Australia was represented by a delegation of 18 technical experts and representatives lead by Dr Ralph Craven as Chair of Australia’s National Committee to the IEC and Head of the Australian Delegation. Also participating for Australia were Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans and National Sector Manager Varant Meguerditchian.

Two of Standards Australia's Young Leaders were also among the 64 young professionals from around the world who participated in the Young Professionals Workshop held in Tokyo. The workshop provided an opportunity for the two Young Leaders to familiarise with IEC processes and network with other young professionals.

Mr Jim Munro, the Australian Chair of IEC TC 31, Equipment for explosive atmospheres, received the IEC’s Thomas Edison Award for his work in developing international standards for use in the mining industry. His work has contributed to a safe and productive work environment for the Australian mining industry. Congratulations again to Mr Jim Munro!

The next IEC General Meeting will be held in Minsk, Belarus in November 2015.

ISO COPOLCO Chairs Advisory Group Meeting in Geneva


 
ISO’s Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO) is responsible for promoting consumer interests in standards development internationally. COPOLCO meets twice a year to perform a number of governance functions.

The role of COPOLCO includes:
  • Developing recommendations for action, policy statements, guides for standards writers and proposals for new areas of international standardisation;
  • Developing publications to promote consumer participation in standards work and train consumer representatives for this task; and
  • Organising annual workshops that bring together representatives of consumers, public authorities, manufacturers and standardization experts. These workshops are orientated around topical issues relevant to consumers.
Each November, the Chairs Advisory Group meets to check in on progress of COPOLCO’s Working Groups. This is in preparation for the annual May workshop and Plenary. The Chairs Advisory Group met at the ISO offices in Geneva from 3 to 7 November 2014. The Australian delegation consisted of:
  • John Furbank, Consumers Federation of Australia and Chair of the COPOLCO National Mirror Committee;
  • Robyn Easton, Consumers Federation of Australia and Co-convenor of the Product Safety Working Group;
  • Bill Dee, Convenor of the Global Marketplace Working Group; and
  • Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager
Discussions focused on the established work program of the committee and working groups, as well as investigating how COPOLCO can seek to better align itself with the ISO Strategic Plan. Standards Australia would like to thank the delegation representatives that attended; their efforts provided a positive contribution to the international policy committee’s work.

For more information about COPOLCO, visit http://www.iso.org/iso/copolco

For Public Comment: AS 1071 Placement and Presentation of Hand Hygiene Materials in Health Care Settings


Standards Australia Technical Committee SF-021, Human Factors, is currently working on AS 1071 Placement and presentation of hand hygiene materials in health care settings.

AS 1071 provides guidance and requirements on the placement, presentation, design, maintenance and installation of hand hygiene products for use in health care settings. This Standard is intended to ensure consistency in the placement of soaps, drying station, lotions and rubs in relation to the sink.

Intended for application by health care institutions, the objective of AS 1071 is to reduce disease and death resulting from health care associated infections, reduce waste; and improve hand hygiene by reducing errors in hand hygiene practices associated with choice and use of products.

Dr Carla Baldwin, Research Manager at the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation and the Drafting Leader for this Standard, said, “Improving health care worker, patient and visitor hand hygiene is the highest priority area to reduce the risk of health care associated infections. Studies funded by the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation have found that compliance with hand hygiene is directly related to the accessibility and availability of products to decontaminate hands. The study also showed there is currently no consistency in the positioning of hand hygiene solutions relative to the sink throughout and between health care settings.”

“Since hand hygiene dispensers act as a visual cue for hand hygiene behaviour, where these dispensers are located becomes vital,” said Dr Carla Baldwin. “I hope that this Standard will serve as a tool to assist health care institutions to improve hand hygiene.”

The proposed draft of AS 1071 opened for public comment on Thursday 27 November 2014. The last day for public comment will be Thursday 5 February 2015.

Forum: Harness Anchors


 
We invite our key stakeholders to participate in a forum that will highlight the current concerns with AS/NZS 5532:2013 Manufacturing requirements for single-point anchor device used for harness-based work at height and work towards finding an acceptable solution for industry, consumers, regulators and government authorities.

Our discussions will focus on:
  • Identification of key issues;
  • Exploration of options that meet industry needs; and
  • Agreement on work program.
Stakeholders are invited to hear from experts on the issues facing the working at height industry and contribute to this discussion. We look forward to your attendance.

Date: Thursday 12 February 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, registration from 9:00 am
Venue: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
RSVP: Places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Friday 23 January to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, organisation and email address details.

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

For further information please contact Jennifer Harwood, Senior National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6041 or jennifer.harwood@standards.org.au

Forum: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users


 
Places are still available for the Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users forum. To have your voice heard, register today.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in a forum that will highlight the development opportunities with AS/NZS 1698:2006 Protective helmets for vehicle users, and work towards finding an acceptable solution for industry, consumers, regulators and government authorities.

Having regard to the issues in this area, our discussions will focus on:
  • International and regional harmonisation;
  • Regulatory harmonisation across jurisdictions; and
  • A range of other matters related to safety, certification and supply.
Attendees will hear from guest speakers on the issues facing the motorcycle industry and have the opportunity to contribute to this discussion.

Date: Thursday 19 February 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Venue: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Friday 30 January to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, organisation and email address 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

Keep Up To Date with the National Construction Code


The Australian Building Codes Board is finalising updates to the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), which takes effect on 1 May 2015. The ABCB are organising a series of Information Seminars on the NCC 2015 Amendments, commencing February 2015, in a capital city near you. Standards Australia will also be presenting on the relevant building and construction Standards that have been referenced in the revised code.

Members of the building and construction industry should take the opportunity to find out what changes are coming into effect. The seminars will also provide more information on verification methods being introduced, the new NCC Performance Requirements extract publication, and the new Guideline for performance-based design.

To register and find out more information visit the ABCB website.

Update on Standards New Zealand


 
The New Zealand Government made a decision last year that would see the Standards Council disestablished and a new standards body established within the government agency, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Legislation was necessary to allow this to happen and in July, the Standards and Accreditation Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill received its first reading in Parliament on 4 November and was referred to the Commerce select committee, which is now calling for public submissions. Submissions are due to the committee by 15 January 2015, and the committee is expected to report back to Parliament on the Bill by 31 March 2015.

Until the Bill is passed into law, Standards New Zealand remains New Zealand’s national standards body, responsible for developing, publishing, promoting, and providing access to standards that meet the needs of New Zealand society and business. There is more information on the Standards New Zealand website.

Over half of Standards Australia’s publications last year were joint Standards developed with New Zealand. In November 2014, Standards Australia reaffirmed our strong working ties with Standards New Zealand by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to continue our close partnership in developing joint standards. Our partnership with New Zealand is expected to continue.
 
     
 
 

10th Round of Project Prioritisation


Australian Standards are living documents that reflect progress in science, technology and systems. To maintain their currency, all Standards are periodically reviewed, and new editions are published. Between editions, amendments may be issued.

Standards Australia welcomes proposals to amend, revise or develop new Australian Standards. The 10th round of project prioritisation will be open on 2 February 2015 and close on 18 March 2015. The projects will be considered by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its April meeting.

Read more about the process here on our website, or speak to one of our National Sector Managers.

International Update


Standards Australia represents our nation on the two major international standardising bodies: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). We coordinate the attendance of Australian experts at international meetings and participate extensively in the preparation of a wide range of International Standards. We are extremely active within the International Standardisation movement and a number of our senior management team members hold important voluntary offices on International Standards bodies.

Read here to find out more about our activities in this space.

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