Update from the NZSE

Welcome to my January update for Touchstone. I am pleased to be able to share a few recent news items where Standards New Zealand has partnered with key stakeholders to facilitate New Zealand’s participation in international standards development and to make it easier for users to access key standards in new ways.

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Publication announcements

  • Standards Published (6)

      • NZS 8635:2018 Passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors

        Aims to improve the safety of passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors such as ski lifts, rope tows, gondolas, chairlifts, and similar devices that transport people and equipment uphill for recreational, sport, or sightseeing activities. It provides information for operators on current best practice. The standard includes the adoption of Canadian standard CSA Z98-14 with additional New Zealand-specific material in the form of four appendices covering non-destructive testing and examination standards and qualification of operators, roles and responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, application of the Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations 1999, and surface ropeways (fibre rope) with intermediate supports.

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      • AS/NZS ISO 9606.1:2017 Qualification testing of welders - Fusion welding - Part 1: Steels

        Specifies the requirements for qualification testing of welders for fusion welding of steels. It provides a set of technical rules for a systematic qualification test of the welder, and enables such qualifications to be uniformly accepted independently of the type of product, location and examiner or examining body. When qualifying welders, the emphasis is placed on the welder's ability manually to manipulate the electrode, welding torch or welding blowpipe, thereby producing a weld of acceptable quality. The welding processes referred to in this standard include those fusion-welding processes which are designated as manual or partly mechanized welding. It does not cover fully mechanized and automated welding processes. Identical to and reproduced from ISO 9606-1:2012 including Technical Corrigendum 1:2012.

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      • AS/NZS 4361.2:2017 Guide to hazardous paint management - Part 2: Lead paint in residential, public and commercial buildings

        Provides guidance for the management of lead paint on non-industrial structures such as residential, public and commercial buildings. It provides information on methods for determining whether lead is present on a building, the amount of lead present and the selection of an appropriate management strategy. Although this Standard does not fully address requirements for the evaluation of worker health and safety, which are covered by current regulatory requirements, it does provide guidelines to produce a safer working environment.

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      • Amendment 1 to AS/NZS 1163:2016 Cold-formed structural steel hollow sections

        This Amendment applies to Clauses 9.4.1, 10.1, 10.2, and Appendix B.

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      • Amendment 1 to AS/NZS 3678:2016 Structural steel - Hot-rolled plates, floorplates and slabs

        This Amendment applies to Clause 9.4.1.

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      • AS/NZS 2327:2017 Composite structures - Composite steel-concrete construction in buildings

        Sets out minimum requirements for the design, detailing and construction of composite steel-concrete members (beams, columns, slabs, joints) in buildings. The Standard is to be used by structural engineers when designing steel framed building structures. It does not cover the design of composite beams and columns where the elements of the steel section are less than 3 mm thick or the value of the yield stress (fy) assumed in design exceeds 690 MPa. It also does not cover composite beams and columns where the concrete characteristic compressive strength at 28 days is outside the range of 20 MPa to 100 MPa.

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  • Withdrawals and Proposals to Withdraw (4)

      • AS/NZS 4266.10:2004 Reconstituted wood-based panels - Methods of test - Wet bending strength after immersion in water at 70 oC or boiling temperature

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4266.1:2017

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      • AS/NZS 4266.11:2004 Reconstituted wood-based panels - Methods of test - Moisture resistance under cyclic test conditions

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4266.1:2017

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      • AS/NZS 4266.12:2003 Reconstituted wood-based panels - Methods of test - Surface water absorption

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4266.1:2017

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      • AS/NZS 4266.13:2004 tuted wood-based panels - Methods of test - Resistance to axial withdrawal of screws

        Superseded by AS/NZS 4266.1:2017

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Latest articles

  • Still in transition to ISO 9001:2015?

    We are less than a year away from the deadline for those certified to ISO 9001:2008 to make the transition to ISO 9001:2015 (in New Zealand to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016). ISO outlined a transition period of 3 years for those with accredited certification to the 2008 standard to arrange recertification to the newer standard, and this period will end on 15 September 2018.

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    AAL – active assisted living – is a term commonly used to describe the wide range of technology that can help people live safely and independently at home. New Zealand is a Participating (P) member of the IEC Systems Committee for Active Assisted Living. Standards New Zealand is now looking to expand the stakeholder membership of this committee.

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    Are you among the one billion people around the world who enjoy the nutritional benefits of dairy from Fonterra and wonder how sustainable dairy production is? An ISOfocus interview with Carolyn Mortland, Director, Social Responsibility, at Fonterra looks at the role of standards.