Update from the NZSE

Welcome to our August update. It’s been a busy time since our last newsletter, with several key events taking place and some important initiatives developing good traction. Read more

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Publication announcements

Just published

AS/NZS 2588:2018

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  • Standards Published (3)

      • AS/NZS ISO 19011:2019 Guidelines for auditing management systems

        Provides guidance on auditing management systems, including the principles of auditing, managing an audit programme and conducting management system audits, as well as guidance on the evaluation of competence of individuals involved in the audit process. These activities include the individual(s) managing the audit programme, auditors and audit teams.

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      • AS/NZS 60079.13:2019 Explosive atmospheres Part 13: Equipment protection by pressurized room ‘p’ and artificially ventilated room ‘v’ (IEC 60079-13:2017 (ED 2.0), MOD)

        Provides requirements for the design, construction, assessment, verification and marking of rooms used to protect internal equipment by pressurization or artificial ventilation or both. Applicable when located in an explosive gas atmosphere or combustible dust atmosphere hazardous area with or without an internal source of a flammable gas or vapour. It also includes a room located in a non-hazardous area that has an internal source of release of a flammable gas or vapour. This document deals with rooms that are partially constructed in a manufacturer’s facility and intended to have the final installation completed on-site, as well as rooms that are constructed completely on-site. Rooms partially constructed in a manufacturer’s facility may include third party verification. For rooms built on-site, this document can be used by plant operators as a guide for assessment of those facilities. This document represents a major technical revision of the requirements for equipment protection by pressurized room "p" and artificially ventilated room "v" and should be considered as introducing all new requirements. This standard is an adoption with national modifications, and has been reproduced from, IEC 60079-13:2017 (ED. 2.0).

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      • AS/NZS 1576.1:2019 Scaffolding - Part 1: General requirements

        Provide users, manufacturers and designers of scaffolding systems with unified rules for the design and detailing of scaffolding systems using principles of engineering design as detailed in this Standard. It includes specifications for catch platforms erected on scaffolds and covers temporary stairways for use on a general construction site. Scaffolding required to also act as roof edge protection is now linked to AS/NZS 4994.1 Temporary edge protection, Part 1: General requirements and AS/NZS 4994.2 Temporary edge protection, Part 2: Roof edge protection - Installation and dismantling.
        Supersedes AS/NZS1576.1:2010

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  • Withdrawals and Proposals to Withdraw (4)

      • AS/NZS ISO 19011:2014 Guidelines for auditing management systems

        Superseded by AS/NZS ISO 19011:2019

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      • AS/NZS 1576.1:2010 Scaffolding - Part 1: General requirements

        Superseded by AS/NZS 1576.1:2019

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      • SNZ PAS 8170:2005 Primary Healthcare Practice Management Systems

        Withdrawn without replacement.

      • SNZ HB 8169:2002 Health network Code of Practice

        Withdrawn without replacement.

  • Draft for comment (3)

      • DR ASNZS 1891.3 2019 Personal equipment for work at height, Part 3: Manufacturing Requirements for Fall-arrest devices

        Comments are invited until 03/10/2019

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      • DR AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Amd 3:2019 Gas installations, Part 1: General installations

        Comments are invited until 11/10/2019

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      • DR AS/NZS 4766:2019 Rotationally moulded buried, partially buried and non-buried storage tanks for water and chemicals

        Comments are invited until 04/10/2019

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Latest articles

  • Techweek 2019: Are we innovating for the best or is it the Wild West?

    We recently hosted an event for Techweek 2019, where our expert panel discussed the role of standards in the digital economy under the topic, 'Are we innovating for the best or is it the Wild West?'

    Read the key themes and 10 hot areas to keep an eye on for the rest of this year, and next.

  • Waiving of commissioning fee for joint AS/NZS IDTs – pilot extended for 12 months

    Standards Australia (SA) and Standards New Zealand have agreed to extend for a futher 12 months the pilot where the commissioning fees for joint Standards development projects for the Identical Adoption of ISO and IEC Standards would be waived. This means that if Australian and New Zealand stakeholders support the joint adoption of an ISO or IEC standard, the work can progress promptly.

  • New standard brings critical road ambulance and aeromedical services up to date

    NZS 8156:2019 Ambulance, paramedicine, and patient transfer services has been revised, in partnership with Ambulance New Zealand, bringing best practice in this sector up to date. This standard is the basis for measuring quality, safety, and competency within New Zealand’s road ambulance and aeromedical services.

  • International standards key for developing NZ’s digital economy

    Observers increasingly say we are on the edge of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will bring together digital, biological, and physical technologies in new and powerful combinations. This is prompting people to speak out about the need to make sure that we balance the opportunities and risks wisely.

  • New joint standard provides guidance on high-intensity outdoor light sources

    The level of knowledge and sophistication regarding outside lighting has grown significantly over recent years. New Zealand has historically used the Australian standard AS 4282 to help guide our local industry, but the recent release of a joint update to this standard has filled the gap.

    It has particular value for urban planning in that the new standard gives guidance on how to measure and monitor the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting and covers sensitive ‘dark sky’ areas.

  • Streamlined process speeds up standards development and reduces costs

    Over the past year Standards New Zealand has been sharing our business transformation journey with customers and stakeholders. We know we need to change to remain relevant and sustainable to our users. As part of this, we’ve refreshed our business strategy and initiated a series of innovation pilots.

  • Do you have digitally innovative ways to add value to standards?

    The Standards New Zealand strategy commits us to add value by working more closely with our partners. A recent example of this was the launch of a ‘value-add’ workstream, which will enable third-party providers to produce digitally-enabled services using our standards content.

  • Electrical Standard amendment bridges gap for aviation industry

    Section 6 of NZS 6114 has been amended, providing the New Zealand civilian and military aviation industries with a Standard covering the design and repair of aviation-related electrical systems in the airport environment, including the aircraft, airstairs, GPU, hangar and workbench.

    The update clarifies and gives guidance on a common method for the safe supply of electricity to installations, facilities and equipment operating at non-standard voltages and frequencies in the aviation environment.

  • New Zealander receives international award for electrotechnology standards work

    Standards New Zealand and the New Zealand National Committee (NZNC) of the IEC would like to congratulate Bob Woodhead for receiving the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 1906 Award for his outstanding work on IEC Technical Committee 61 Safety of household and similar electrical appliances.

  • Proposals to withdraw health standards

    It’s important that standards in the health sector are valid and up to date. However, many standards in this sector were written over 10 years ago and some are 15 years old or older. We want to check with stakeholders in the health sector about what to do with 24 such standards. They cover subjects such as health and disability services, mental health sector auditing, ambulance and paramedic services, and fertility services.