Summer standards

Summer is here, and standards will help you to get out and enjoy it.

We’ve put together a list of standards for you to keep in mind while making the most of summer.

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Spending time in the sun?

Summer woman wearing hat and sunglasses

Thinking about sun protective clothing?

AS/NZS 4399:2017 Sun protective clothing – Evaluation and classification(external link) provides you with information about the relative sun protection capabilities of materials and items of clothing.

Sunglasses and fashion spectacles 

Sunglasses – not just a fashion statement

AS/NZS 1067:2003 (external link)Sunglasses and fashion spectacles(external link)(external link)(external link) specifies the physical properties of sunglasses and sunglass lenses, keeping your eyes protected from solar radiation.

Child sunscreen 

Don’t forget the sunscreen!

How do they determine the protection factor of sunscreen? AS/NZS 2604:2012 Sunscreen products – Evaluation and classification(external link) sets out the procedures for determining the performance of sunscreen in terms of the amount of the amount of sun protection received over a period of time. It also specifies labelling requirements.

Taking it outdoors?

Meat on barbecue

Having a BBQ?

Make sure your gas outdoor barbeque meets the essential safety and compliance requirements for domestic outdoor barbeques.
NZS AS 4557(Int):2013 Domestic outdoor gas barbeques(external link)

mountain biking

Bicycle ride?

Wondered what makes a bicycle safe? AS/NZS 1927:2010 Pedal bicycles – Safety requirements(external link) specifies safety requirements for the design, assembly, and performance of all types of pedal bicycles.
Taking a passenger? If you need a child seat for your bike AS/NZS 4287:1995 Child carrier seats for pedal bicycles - Safety requirements (external link)specifies safety requirements for child carrier seats which may be attached to a bicycle (excluding child bicycles).

Children using playground equipment slide

Chill out in the playground

NZS 5828:2015 Playground equipment and surfacing(external link) specifies general requirements for playground equipment and surfacing.

walking track

Walking the tracks

The design, construction, maintenance and management of tracks covered by SNZ HB 8630:2004 Tracks and outdoor visitor structures(external link) ensures that tracks and outdoor visitor structures are maintained to meet track users’ recreation and safety need. This standard is under revision.

Helmets for horse riding and horse related activities

Grab a helmet

There are multiple standards for helmets for outdoor activities, specifying the requirements to reduce the effects of an impact to the head.
AS/NZS 2063:2008 Bicycle helmets(external link)
NZS 8600:2002 All-terrain vehicle helmets(external link)
AS/NZS 3838:2006 Helmets for horse riding and horse-related activities(external link)

Recreation signs

Know the signs

NZS 8603:2005 Design and application of outdoor recreation symbols(external link) will assist in the management of outdoor sports and recreation and will help inform visitors and identify risks associated with outdoor recreation.

Children playing in pool

Fancy a dip?

Enjoy your pool this summer, keep it clean and safe.
NZS 5826:2010 Pool water quality(external link) addresses the aspects of the operation and maintenance of pools with a focus on pool water quality criteria including methods of water treatment to ensure the risk to public health is minimised.
NZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs (external link)presents various options designed to deny, delay, or detect unsupervised entry to the swimming pool area.

Beach flags

Water safety – signs and flags

Know the water signs and flags to help keep you and your family safe around the water
AS/NZS 2416.1:2010 Water safety signs and beach safety flags – Specifications for water safety signs used in workplaces and public areas(external link)
AS/NZS 2416.3:2010 Water safety signs and beach safety flags – Guidance for use(external link)

Boy swimming bouyancy aid

Learning to swim?

If you’re looking for a floatation aid to get more confidence in the water, make sure it meets AS/NZS 1900:2014 Floatation aids for water familiarization and swimming tuition(external link). The standard provides safety requirements for the manufacture of flotation aids for non-swimmers.


Heading to the beach

Beaches are an important part of our ecology, and keeping them clean, safe, and sustainable is as essential for people as it is for our planet.

ISO’s standard for beaches, ISO 13009:2015 Tourism and related services – Requirements and recommendations for beach operation(external link), provides robust internationally agreed guidelines for operators to make better decisions about managing their beaches.

Group of friends on sailboat

Going out onto the water?

Make sure you grab a life jacket that meets the requirements of NZS 5823:2005 Specification for buoyancy aids and marine safety harnesses and lines(external link). The standard sets out general and specific requirements for the following types of buoyancy aids for surface water, and also includes requirements for safety harnesses and lines for use by yachtsmen and other boat users.

Has your boat’s gas appliances been safely installed? AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Gas installations – Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes(external link) sets out mandatory requirements for LP Gas installations in boats for non-propulsive purposes.

Check your boat’s electrical connections. AS/NZS 3004.2:2014 Electrical installations - Marinas and boats - Part 2: Boat installations(external link) covers electrical requirements for boats. A boat requires a Warrant of Electrical Fitness (WoEF) every 4 years, as detailed in the standard. Without a WoEF the boat cannot be connected to the electricity supply at a marina.

Hitting the road?

motorhome road

Travelling in a caravan?

If you have a gas appliance installed, or want to get one installed, make sure it meets the mandatory requirements set out in AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Gas installations – Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes(external link).

Check your caravan’s electrical connections. AS/NZS 3001:2008 Electrical Installations - Transportable structures and vehicles including their site supplies(external link) covers electrical requirements for caravans (including motorhomes) and campsites. Caravans and motorhome requires a Warrant of Electrical Fitness (WoEF) every 4 years as detailed in the standard. Without a WoEF the caravan or boat cannot be connected to the electricity supply at a campsite.

Ensure your caravan has a self containment certificate(external link). A self containment vehicle is designed to completely meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants (including water for drinking and cooking) for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services or discharging any waste. Check your self containment certificate(external link).
NZS 5465:2001 (external link)Self containment for motor caravans and caravans(external link) specifies the requirements for water supply, sanitary plumbing and drainage installation and solid waste containment in motor caravans and caravans for the purpose of obtaining a self containment certificate.

Child car seat

Taking the kids

Remember, there is a mandatory requirement for children under the age of 7 to be in an approved child restraint when travelling in motor vehicles. Make sure the child restraint meets AS/NZS 1754:2013 (external link)Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles(external link).

Couple on motorcycles

Riding a motorbike?

Need another helmet for your motorbike? Get one that meets AS/NZS 1698:2006 Protective helmets for vehicle users(external link). The standard provides specifications for protective helmets for motor cyclists and users of other motor vehicles.


safety in the home 

Safety in the home

Even at home, you can help keep your family safe using this helpful 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).



 Last update: 11 January 2016