Standards build trust

World Standards Day 2016

Every day, standards and standardisation make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders. Standards help to keep our homes, public buildings, playgrounds, electrical appliances, and health services safe. They help protect our environment, increase productivity, and drive innovation.World Standards Day on 14 October pays tribute to the thousands of men and women all over the world who develop voluntary standards for the advancement and welfare of societies. It also provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the benefits that standards bring to our everyday lives, the market economy, and to the smooth running of public affairs. 

The theme for World Standards Day for 2016 is 'Standards build trust'. We have developed two posters that can be downloaded:


 Poster 1: Bungy jump [PDF, 852 KB]  Poster 2: Child on toy bicycle [PDF, 2 MB]  











Did you know? ...

... that the first standard developed in New Zealand was for number 8 wire? Or that standards can also help with storing horseradish? To celebrate World Standards Day, we’re highlighting some lesser known standards…

Keyboard layouts for text and office systems

The quirky QWERTY

Ever wondered why the keyboard layout is how it is? In the early days of typewriters, keyboards were arranged alphabetically, and fast typists would often jam the type bars when certain key combinations were pressed in quick succession, for example the word HIGH. QWERTY is the result of separating common letters and spreading them around the keyboard. It is standardised with AS/NZS 4395.1:1996  (external link) Information technology – Keyboard layouts for text and office systems – General principles governing keyboard layouts (external link) .
Clothing measurement 

Getting too up close and personal?

New Zealand once had a standard for the inside leg measurement of men’s trousers. NZS 8775:1974  (external link) Size designations and body measurements for the sizing of men’s ready-to-wear clothing other than shirts (external link)  was one of a suite of standards dealing with clothing sizes.  
Luminaires – Particular requirements – Lighting chains

Looking forward to Christmas and the twinkle of lights on the tree?

Safety against shock and the possibility of fire is covered by an international standard that has been adopted in New Zealand – AS/NZS 60598.2.20:2002 Luminaires – Particular requirements – Lighting chains (external link)
Assisting those working with at risk families

Assisting those working with at risk families

Prevention of violence in families is facilitated with NZS 8006:2006 Screening, risk assessment and intervention for family violence including child abuse and neglect (external link) . This standard establishes the minimum requirements that should be met by individuals and agencies involved in working with families living with family violence, child abuse or neglect. 
Labelling of clothing, household textiles and furnishings 

Itchy, shrunk, fluffy?

AS/NZS 2392:1999 Textiles – Labelling of clothing, household textiles and furnishings  (external link) specifies positions of attachment for permanent labels carrying the brand name, size or dimensions, care instructions, fibre content, country of origin and, for children's nightwear and some daywear garments, the fire hazard classification. Includes the way in which this information is to be combined if there is more than one label is detailed. 
Helmets for horse riding and horse related activities 

Whoa boy!

AS/NZS 3838:2006 Helmets for horse riding and horse related activities  (external link) specifies requirements for protective helmets for horse riding and horse-related activities, and is intended to mitigate the effects of an impact to the head. 
Vehicle Immobilizer

Say goodbye to ‘hot wiring’

AS/NZS 4601:1999 Vehicle immobilizers (external link)  sets out requirements for the design, testing, and installation of vehicle security immobilizer systems for road vehicles.
safety in the home

How safe is your home? Guidance for DIYers

Our handbook SNZ HB 4102:2011 Safety in the home (external link)  discusses some common safety hazards in the home and identifies what actions are required under the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC). It is recommended for people who undertake do-it-yourself projects, as well as people in the building industry. 
Horse-radish – Guide to storage

Where do you keep yours?

Can you believe there is an international standard for the successful keeping, storage, and harvesting of this root species? Well, there is ... ISO 4187:1980  (external link) Horse-radish – Guide to storage (external link) .
Sunglasses and fashion spectacles

Not just a fashion statement

Did you know there is a standard specifying the physical properties of sunglasses and sunglass lenses? AS/NZS 1067:2003  (external link) Sunglasses and fashion spectacles (external link) .
Code of practice for bungy jumping

A leap of faith?

New Zealand is the home of bungy jumping and in 1990 we also established the first standard in the world for this adventure sport. The standard has been updated twice since then and is now used in Australia as well. AS/NZS 5848:2000  (external link) Code of practice for bungy jumping (external link) .
Tea – Definition and basic requirements

Ready for a cuppa? 

There are 26 international standards for tea. They include: 
ISO 11287:2011 Green tea – Definition and basic requirements (external link)  and ISO 3720:2011  (external link) Black tea – Definition and basic requirements (external link) .
Galvanized (Zinc-coated) Steel Fencing-wire (No. 8 wire)

No. 8 wire

The first New Zealand-published standard was for number 8 wire; it was issued in 1938 – NZSS 143:1938 Galvanized (Zinc-coated) Steel Fencing-wire (No. 8 wire). 
Guide to identifying dog breeds

Are you barking up the right tree?

NZS 8800:2006 (external link)  Guide to identifying dog breeds (external link)  can help you identify your pooch’s family tree, as well as their physical and behavioural characteristics.
Size designation of clothes – Pantyhose

To wear or not to wear?

There is an international standard for the size of pantyhose – ISO 5971:1981  (external link) Size designation of clothes – Pantyhose (external link)



Last updated 10 October 2016