Update from the NZSE

Welcome to my April update for Touchstone. Click on the link for a summary of Standards New Zealand news on: our request for information on value-add products, upcoming publications and calls for public consultation, new ISO proposals, international standards, and industry guidance.

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Publication announcements

  • Standards Published (5)

      • AS/NZS 4173:2018 Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care

        Specifies requirements for the safe use of lasers and laser systems as well as intense light sources (ILS) in the treatment of humans for diagnostic, cosmetic, therapeutic, medical and dental uses in health care facilities, including hospitals, private medical facilities and dental practices, and the cosmetic industry. The standard explains the procedural and administrative controls necessary for the safety of patients, health care staff, maintenance personnel, and others who may be in the vicinity of the treatment room and in need of protection against inadvertent exposure. Engineering controls are an important part of laser safety and form part of the laser equipment or the installation. These are briefly described to provide an understanding of the general principles of protection. Detailed specification of laser equipment, installation and engineering controls are not included in this standard, such requirements being separately specified in AS IEC 60601.2.22.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 4173:2004

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      • AS/NZS 4173:2018 Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care

        Specifies requirements for the safe use of lasers and laser systems as well as intense light sources (ILS) in the treatment of humans for diagnostic, cosmetic, therapeutic, medical and dental uses in health care facilities, including hospitals, private medical facilities and dental practices, and the cosmetic industry. The standard explains the procedural and administrative controls necessary for the safety of patients, health care staff, maintenance personnel, and others who may be in the vicinity of the treatment room and in need of protection against inadvertent exposure. Engineering controls are an important part of laser safety and form part of the laser equipment or the installation. These are briefly described to provide an understanding of the general principles of protection. Detailed specification of laser equipment, installation and engineering controls are not included in this standard, such requirements being separately specified in AS IEC 60601.2.22.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 4173:2004

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      • Amendment 1:2017 to AS/NZS 2566.1:1998 Buried flexible pipelines - Part 1: Structural design

        This Amendment applies to the Preface, Clauses 1.2, 1.5, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.3.3, 3.3.2.2 and 7.7.3, Table 2.1, Appendix A, and Appendix B.

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      • Amendment 1:2017 to AS/NZS 2638.1:2011 Gate valves for waterworks purposes - Part 1: Metal seated

        This Amendment applies to the Preface, Clauses 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.3, 1.4.13, 1.4.22, 1.4.25, 1.4.28, 1.4.29, 1.4.30 (new), 1.4.31 (new), 1.4.32 (new), 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.7.3, 3.7.4, 3.7.5, 4.1 and 4.2, Table 2.1 and Appendices A, B and C.

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      • Amendment 1:2017 to AS/NZS 2638.2:2011 Gate valves for waterworks purposes - Part 2: Resilient seated

        This Amendment applies to Clauses 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.3, 1.4.13, 1.4.22, 1.4.25, 1.4.28, 1.4.29, 1.4.30 (new), 1.4.31 (new), 1.4.32 (new), 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.4.1, 3.7.3, 3.7.4, 3.7.5, 4.1, 4.2 and 7.4, Table 2.1 and Appendices A, B and C.

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  • Withdrawals and Proposals to Withdraw (2)

      • AS/NZS 4173:2004 Guide to the safe use of lasers in health care

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4173:2018

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      • AS/NZS 4173:2004 Guide to the safe use of lasers in health care

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4173:2018

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  • Draft for comment (3)

      • DR AS/NZS 1254:2010 Amendment 3 to AS/NZS 1254:2010 PVC-U pipes and fittings for stormwater and surface water applications

        Comments are invited until 25/06/2018

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      • DR AS/NZS 2642.1:2007 Amendment 1 to AS/NZS 2642.1:2007 Polybutylene (PB) plumbing pipe systems Part 1: Polybutylene (PB) pipe extrusion compounds

        Comments are invited until 25/06/2018

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      • DR AS/NZS 2642.2:2007 Amendment No. 1 to Polybutylene (PB) plumbing pipe systems, Part 2: Polybutylene (PB) pipes for hot and cold water applications

        Comments are invited until 25/06/2018

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Latest articles

  • First company accredited by IANZ to test meth-contaminated properties

    Hawke's Bay company Drug Smart has become the first in New Zealand to gain IANZ accreditation to test for methamphetamine contamination. In 2017, Standards New Zealand published a new standard NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties, which required rigorous validation of sampling kits and proof of appropriately trained samplers. Drug Smart is the first company to be IANZ accredited under NZS 8510:2017.

  • Loop bar warning from MBIE

    MBIE has issued a warning about the use of loop bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units, and published an amendment to Verification Method B1/VM1. The warning and amendment are part of MBIE’s response to the investigation into the performance of Statistics House and the Canterbury earthquakes.

  • New ISO technical committee for ageing societies

    The world’s population is ageing, just like each of us, and governments, communities and businesses need to adapt. A new ISO technical committee has just been formed to help.

  • Public consultation on timber standards NZS 3640 and NZS 3602

    Public consultation on the draft revisions of NZS 3640 Chemical preservation of round and sawn timber and NZS 3602 Timber and wood based products for use in buildings ends on 6 April 2018. Please submit your feedback on the two drafts through the public consultation process.

  • Seismic design for suspended ceilings

    Suspended ceilings fared poorly in recent earthquakes. In response, the relevant standard was revised, and there are stringent design and installation requirements to prevent collapse in a 1-in-500-year event.

  • New ‘man overboard’ guidelines improve cruising safety

    Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Yet what few like to consider is the small but real number of holidaymakers who fall overboard. New international guidelines from ISO aim to provide a boost to the technology that detects such incidents and helps them get back on board.