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AS/NZS 2588:2018

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  • Standards Published (7)

      • AS/NZS ISO 6394:2019 Earth-moving machinery - Determination of emission sound pressure level at operator’s position - Stationary test conditions

        Specifies a method for determining the emission sound pressure level of earth-moving machinery at the operator's position, measured in terms of the time-averaged A-weighted emission sound pressure level while the machine is stationary with the engine operating at the rated speed under no-load condi­tions. It is applicable to earth-moving machinery as defined in ISO 6165 and specified in ISO 6393:2008, Annex A. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 6394:2008.

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      • Amendment 1:2019 to AS/NZS 4474:2018 Household refrigerating appliances - Energy labelling and minimum energy performance standards requirements

        This Amendment applies to the Table 2.1.

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      • AS/NZS ISO 5817:2019 Welding - Fusion-welded joints in steel, nickel, titanium and their alloys (beam welding excluded) - Quality levels for imperfections

        Provides quality levels of imperfections in fusion-welded joints (except for beam welding) in all types of steel, nickel, titanium and their alloys. It applies to material thickness greater than or equal to 0.5 mm. It covers fully penetrated butt welds and all fillet welds. Its principles can also be applied to partial-penetration butt welds. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 5817:2014.

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      • AS/NZS 4760:2019 Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluid

        Ensures that the detection of drugs in oral fluid meets the expectations for testing of specimens for applications such as workplace, medico-legal, or court-directed purposes. This standard is not intended for clinical use or for drug exposure detection in sport, but it may be used if deemed relevant. This standard addresses procedures for the collection of oral fluid, on-site drug testing, handling and dispatch of specimens to the laboratory for screening tests (if applicable) and confirmatory testing.

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      • AS/NZS ISO 8253.1:2019 Acoustics - Audiometric test methods - Part 1: Pure-tone air and bone conduction audiometry

        Specifies procedures and requirements for pure-tone air conduction and bone conduction threshold audiometry. For screening purposes, only pure-tone air conduction audiometric test methods are specified. It is possible that the procedures are not appropriate for special populations, e.g. very young children. This standard does not cover audiometric procedures to be carried out at levels above the hearing threshold levels of the subjects. Procedures and requirements for speech audiometry, electrophysiological audiometry, and where loudspeakers are used as a sound source are not specified. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 8253-1:2010.

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      • AS/NZS ISO 8253.2:2019 Acoustics - Audiometric test methods - Part 2: Sound field audiometry with pure-tone and narrow-band test signals

        Specifies relevant test signal characteristics, requirements for free, diffuse, and quasi-free sound fields, and procedures for sound field audiometry using pure tones, frequency-modulated tones or other narrow-band test signals presented by means of one or more loudspeakers. The primary purpose is the determination of hearing threshold levels in the frequency range 125 Hz to 8 000 Hz, but this range can be extended to 20 Hz to 16 000 Hz. This standard does not include specifications for the use of hand-held loudspeakers. Speech as a test signal is not covered. The purpose of this standard is to ensure that tests of hearing, using sound field audiometry, give as high a degree of accuracy and reproducibility as possible. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 8253-2:2009.

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      • AS/NZS ISO 8253.3:2019 Acoustics - Audiometric test methods - Part 3: Speech audiometry

        Specifies basic methods for speech recognition tests for audiological applications. In order to ensure minimum requirements of precision and comparability between different test procedures including speech recognition tests in different languages, this standard specifies requirements for the composition, validation and evaluation of speech test materials, and the realisation of speech recognition tests. This standard does not specify the contents of the speech material because of the variety of languages. Furthermore, this standard also specifies the determination of reference values and fulfilment requirements for the realisation and manner of presentation. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 8253-3:2012.

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  • Draft for comment (3)

      • DR AS/NZS 4024.1604:2019 Safety of machinery — Emergency stop function — Principles for design

        Comments are invited until 22/04/2019

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      • DR AS/NZS 4024.1701:2019 Basic human body measurements for technological design — Part 1: Body measurement definitions and landmarks

        Comments are invited until 19/04/2019

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      • DR AS/NZS 4024.1803:2019 Safety of machinery — Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body

        Comments are invited until 19/04/2019

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Latest articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guidance on quality plans updated

    In order to effectively transform business ideas into actions, you need a plan. A quality plan. Guidance on how to create one has been updated, providing a powerful tool to complement any quality management system, including ISO 9001.

  • Getting the packaging right – International guide just updated

    Packaging has come a very long way since its humble beginnings of gourds and clay pots. These days, the world of packaging is much more complex, needing to be safe and sustainable while remaining appealing and functional. An international guide has just been revised to help organisations ensure their packaging meets growing consumer needs.

  • Contributing to a better world on World Tourism Day

    Tourism is booming, bringing with it substantial opportunities to contribute to sustainable development. World Tourism Day is the day to draw attention to how tourism can improve our world. ISO standards play a key role.

  • Forward focus for Standards New Zealand

    Standards New Zealand has recently undertaken a review to ensure we have the right capability and capacity to deliver on our business strategy. This has resulted in some changes to our structure and to some key roles in the team.

  • The digital future of standards – What is Standards New Zealand doing about it?

    Part of Standards New Zealand’s transformation programme has focused on new digital formats for standards. We currently print hard copy publications and supply the same documents digitally as PDFs. Both of these publication types have their use, but with more people reading from different screen sizes (such as phones), something else is needed.