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World Standards Day—“The World’s Common Language”

Nominating Organisation Forums: You Talked, We Listened

In Conversation With: Russell Shephard

Winners of Engineers Australia’s Electrical College Awards

2015 Australian Recipients of IEC 1906 Award

Vale Chris Ruggles

Reporting back from the 38th Annual ISO General Assembly in Seoul, Korea

Anticipated Revisions of ISO 9000/9001 and ISO 14001 Now Available

New Australian Standards on Timber Structure Design

 

Call for Participation in EE-003, Clean Cook Stoves

APEC Harmonisation of Standards Workshop

Drafting Leaders Workshops Announced for November, December

Project Prioritisation—Projects on Website

Reminder to Complete our Website Survey

Subscribe to our News Room

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

World Standards Day—“The World’s Common Language”


 
World Standards Day is celebrated annually on 14 October, giving the international community a chance to raise awareness on the impact of standardisation and applaud the hard work and dedication that goes into the development of standards.

A different theme is selected every year, and in 2015 we are recognising standards as “the world’s common language”. I have recently attended the ISO General Assembly in Seoul, Korea and the IEC General Meeting in Minsk, Belarus, and both meetings clearly exemplify this message. With hundreds of participating countries present, we gather together to speak standards, no matter what our mother tongue may be.

Sharing the common language of standards globally also leads to greater harmonisation between countries. This is why we embrace the development and adoption of international standards wherever possible. With the rapid speed of globalisation, standards are essential for international cooperation, and assist in keeping Australia aligned with other national and international standards bodies.

World Standards Day is also an excellent opportunity to thank all of our committee members and nominating organisations for their commitment to standards development. Without you, Standards Australia would have no voice in this international dialogue.

My team would like to express their gratitude to you all with this fun video message demonstrating how many cultures share the common language of standards in our office alone.

From me and my team at Standards Australia, Happy World Standards Day!

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Nominating Organisation Forums: You Talked, We Listened


In early October, Standards Australia hosted its third annual Nominating Organisation Forum in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. These three forums gave key stakeholders the opportunity to openly provide their feedback on what we’re doing well, but more importantly, on how we can improve in the future.

Each forum had four sessions covering different aspects of our business. Within each session, Standards Australia provided an overview, followed by an interactive activity or open session with nominating organisations’ representatives. In these open discussions, all forum attendees were invited to share their opinions, particularly around the challenges they face and how we can remove these obstacles.

We hope that with these valuable contributions, we can refine the standards development process, as well as the way we support our nominating organisations. Thanks again to all of the participating nominating organisations for your invaluable feedback.

In Conversation With: Russell Shephard


 
Russell Shephard is our featured committee member this month. Russell is currently the Manager of Standards for the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC). Before his current role, Russell worked for 34 years with ACT Fire Service and ACT Emergency Services Agency, and also served in various positions with the United Firefighters Union. He is the current Chairman of SF-049, Firefighters Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, and ISO TC 94/SC 14, Firefighters Protective Equipment. Russell also contributes as a committee member to eight other national and international committees. Furthermore, Russell is a Standards Australia Council member and was recipient of the prestigious W.R. Hebblewhite Medal in 2015.

Standards Australia: In what capacity do you interact with Standards Australia?
Russell Shephard: In my current position with AFAC, I am responsible for the coordination of about 30 Australian and International Standards’ representatives. I also personally represent a number of these committees, and lead the Australian delegation for various International Standards Committees. My contributions all fall within the Fire and Emergency Services Industry.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
RS: The future of standards lies in the international arena. Australia is fortunate to be leading the way, particularly in my area of Fire and Emergency Services. However, we all need to collaborate with one another, and the development of international standards is an effective tool to reach this harmonisation. This will enable countries without the resources for national standards development to follow an international model to improve the safety and sustainability of their own communities.

SA: Is there anything our national committees can learn from our international committees?
RS: The best advice I can share is to directly align with an international committee. When you establish an Australian mirror committee to an international one, you can adopt their pre-existing structure. This improves the work flow and refines the balance of expertise within your working groups and subcommittees. Lastly, it places your committee in a better position to manage whatever may emerge from the international scene.

SA: How can Standards Australia better collaborate with stakeholders?
RS: Standards Australia is doing a great job with an excellent team to support it. You have a respected voice at ISO and are now extending this influence into the Asia-Pacific region, as well as reaching out to the Australian government and relevant industry bodies. Standards Australia is proactive in furthering the interests of the Australian community by developing standards that are constantly evolving to keep up with globalisation. It’s essential to listen to what we have to say as committee members, which Standards Australia does very well, as demonstrated in the recent Nominating Organisation Forums. We’re heading in the right direction, but with the new work emerging from ISO and international committees, we need to be more efficient across sectors to progress.

SA: The World Standards Day theme this year refers to standards as the world’s common language. How has your experience with international committees confirmed this message?
RS: A few years ago, using standards as a common language was a real struggle, and in certain areas it remains this way today. Particular countries are still accepting the fact that they need to move away from the safety haven of national standards and focus on international standardisation instead. However, there has been significant progress in the last decade. It used to be quite challenging to form a committee, but today I find myself overwhelmed with the amount of interest in participation. As a common language, standards rely on communication, trust, and the people behind them. None of these will be possible if we do not shift away from our Australian focus to an international lens.

Winners of Engineers Australia’s Electrical College Awards


Engineers Australia’s Electrical College Board recognises particular members for their excellence in and dedication to the field of electrical engineering in their Annual Awards. Standards Australia would like to highlight particular winners that not only significantly contribute to the engineering world, but also play an important role in standards development.

Dr David Keith Sweeting was one of two recipients of the prestigious M A Sargent Medal. Selection criteria for this award are based on the demonstration of technical innovation, longstanding eminence, and exceptional leadership through the entirety of the candidate’s career. On top of his occupational responsibilities, David is Chairperson of three Technical Committees and a participating Committee Member in two other Technical Committees, all in the Electrotechnology and Energy sector. Many electrical standards, such as AS 61000.3.100, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Limits - Steady state voltage limits in public electricity systems, have been published under David’s notable leadership.

This year’s National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year is Dr Ralph Craven. This award is presented to a senior electrical engineer that promotes excellence in electrical engineering to their community while encouraging such a career path to the younger generation. Beyond these achievements, Ralph has additionally been a central player in international standardisation. He served in highly regarded roles such as President of the Australian National Committee to the IEC for two terms from 2010 to 2015, and as a member of the IEC Council Board for six years.

The Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year award went to Ms Alexandra Price. This honour is presented to budding engineers that have recently graduated yet already displayed excellence in electrical power engineering specifically. Earlier this year, Alexandra was selected for the Standards Australia 2015-2016 Young Leaders Program. This competitive program is designed to guide the next generation, providing them with the tools and skills needed for future involvement in standards development.

Standards Australia sends its best wishes and congratulations to all of this year’s winners for your excellent contributions to both electrical engineering and standards development.

2015 Australian Recipients of IEC 1906 Award


 
Dr Bronwyn Evans with Adam Murdoch, Max Carstedt, Jean Cross and Dr Ralph Craven
Every year, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) acknowledges a group of technical experts from around the globe for their influential contributions. The 1906 Award, launched originally in commemoration of the establishment of the IEC, is open to all chairmen and secretaries of IEC Technical Committees or Conformity Assessment Systems.

Standards Australia is proud to announce that four Australian experts have received the prestigious 1906 Award. Please join us in commending the following members for their exceptional contributions to international standardisation:
  • Jean Cross – IEC Technical Committee 56, Dependability
  • Adam Murdoch – IEC Technical Committee 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances
  • Keith Jones – IEC Technical Committee 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment
  • Max Carstedt – IEC Technical Committee 121, Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage
Congratulations to our four winners, and thank you for your involvement on behalf of Australia.

Vale Chris Ruggles


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Chris Ruggles, who sadly lost his fight with cancer.

Chris most recently held the position of Team Leader Digital Home at CHOICE, where he worked for 26 years.

Chris served on Standards Australia Technical Committee MS-065, Photography, from its constitution in April 2013. This committee mirrors the international committee ISO Technical Committee 42, Photography, and Chris assisted in identical text adoptions of international standards.

His fellow committee members have recognised that Chris served as a strong voice for the Australian and international consumer, based on his long experience in camera and smartphone testing for CHOICE. He was skilled in both the theory and practical implications of standards and how they affect consumers.

Chris’s cheery disposition and knowledgeable contributions will be missed, and the photographic consumers of Australia have lost a great champion.

Rest in peace, Chris.

Reporting back from the 38th Annual ISO General Assembly in Seoul, Korea


 
Every year, national standards bodies from across the world meet to discuss progress over the past year and to map the future direction of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

This year the ISO’s 38th General Assembly was held from 13-18 September 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. During the ISO week, nearly 600 delegates from 163 countries participated in the event. Standards Australia’s representatives included Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Adrian O’Connell, Deputy CEO, and Damian Fisher, Senior International Development Manager.

Standards Australia’s representatives attended the Plenary meeting, presentations, workshops and breakout sessions. In particular, Dr Evans participated in an interactive panel discussion on ISO’s Strategy plan for 2016-2020 from a Member’s Perspective which was very well received.

The ISO General Assembly included discussion on the following topics:
  • ISO Strategy for 2016-2020 (PDF);
  • ISO’s Action Plan for Developing Countries 2016-2020;
  • Standards and Education; and
  • Revisions of ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems.
During the ISO General Assembly week a number of other meetings took place. They included the Technical Management Board (TMB); the Committee on Developing Country Matters (DEVCO) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) Executive Committee. There was also a joint reception of ISO members from the Asia-Pacific and from the Americas.

TMB outcomes are circulated on the ISO website. The DEVCO Action Plan for Developing Countries 2016-2020 was further reviewed. It is due to be finalised by the end of the year.

Outside of the Plenary meeting, Standards Australia held a number of bilateral meetings with counterpart organisations including the 2015 ISO General Assembly hosts, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).

Anticipated Revisions of ISO 9000/9001 and ISO 14001 Now Available


Big news emerged from ISO last month with the updated publication of two widely-used standards: ISO 9000 and 9001 for quality and management systems and ISO 14001 for environmental management.

ISO 9001 is ISO’s flagship quality management systems standard, which helps organisations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. ISO 9000 lays down concepts and language used throughout the series. With the recent revisions, these standards are now less prescriptive and more performance-based. Standards Australia’s Technical Committee QR-008, Quality Systems, is already launching a project for the direct text adoption of ISO 9000 and 9001 for Australian use.

ISO 14001 sets out requirements for environmental management, providing a key business tool for many organisations worldwide. The revision factors in both external and internal elements in response to the latest trends, covering new areas such as climate volatility. At the moment, Standards Australia has received no proposals to adopt this revision.

New Australian Standards on Timber Structure Design


Standards Australia recently revised two existing Australian Standards and adopted two international standards related to timber structure design. The work program included:

i. An amendment to AS 1720.1 – 2010, Timber structures, Part 1: Design methods
ii. A new 2015 edition of AS 1720.5, Timber structures, Part 5: Nailplated timber roof trusses
iii. An identical text adoption AS/NZS ISO 10984.1, Timber structures – Dowel-type fasteners, Part 1: Determination of yield moment
iv. An identical text adoption AS/NZS ISO 10984.2, Timber structures – Dowel-type fasteners, Part 2: Determination of embedding strength

The publications were developed by Technical Committee TM-010, Timber Structures and Framing. Stakeholders from governments, regulators, industry associations, testing and research bodies, and academic institutions constituted the committee.

To learn more about the new and revised standards, see our media release (PDF).

Call for Participation in EE-003, Clean Cook Stoves


Every eight seconds, someone sadly passes away as a result of the toxic fumes released from unsafe cook stoves, not to mention the environmental impacts of these harmful cooking methods. ISO Technical Committee 285, Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions, was developed this year to work towards a solution.

ISO TC 285 is currently developing three new standards and a technical report, which will provide guidance and specifications in areas such as laboratory and field testing, social impact assessments, and performance indicators.

How can you get involved here in Australia? Standards Australia recently constituted Technical Committee EE-003, Clean cook stoves, to oversee this area of work, and they are seeking new committee members.

To express your interest, please contact our National Sector Manager, Jessica Curtis at jessica.curtis@standards.org.au or (02) 9237 6051. To find out more about ISO’s involvement and the importance of this matter, read their news release.

APEC Harmonisation of Standards Workshop


In today’s increasingly globalised world, cross border data and information flows are critical for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across many industry sectors. To recognise the importance of this data for the growth and prosperity of SMEs, Australia is leading an APEC project on the Harmonisation of Standards.

Following the release of an Issues Paper, Standards Australia together with The Treasury, Australian Government is organising an APEC workshop which will be held at our offices on 4-5 November 2015. Nominating organisations and SME businesses are invited to participate in the workshop. Please note that places are strictly limited. Further information on the Issues Paper can be found in the media release (PDF).

Organisations or businesses interested in participating should view the application form (PDF) and nominations form (PDF), or contact:

Drafting Leaders Workshops Announced for November, December


 
Are you a participating committee member who wants to know more about writing Australian Standards? Drafting Leaders Workshops have been scheduled for the end of November to early December 2015. Places are filling quickly, so register today to ensure you don’t miss out. See our website for workshop and registration information.

Project Prioritisation—Projects on Website


Standard Australia’s eleventh round of Project Prioritisation closed on Wednesday 23 September 2015. We received 60 project proposals for new or revised standards, which can be viewed here.

These projects are currently undergoing their initial review by our National Sector Managers. All projects will then be considered by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its upcoming meeting in November.

Visit our website for more information on the standards development process and how project prioritisation works.

Reminder to Complete our Website Survey


Standards Australia is updating its website, and we want to hear from you on how it can improve. To provide feedback, please complete our short survey. We appreciate all comments, as we want a website that is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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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 on our Sector Updates page.

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.