Update from the NZSE

Welcome to my July update for Touchstone.

This month the testing and decontamination of methamphetamine standard is released and there is news on our international ties.

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Publication announcements

  • Standards Published (7)

      • AS/NZS 8124.12:2017 Safety of toys - Part 12: Determination of total concentration of certain elements in toys

        Specifies methods of sampling and digestion prior to analysis of the total concentration of the elements antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and selenium from toy materials and from parts of toys. Adopted with national modifications from ISO 8124-5:2015.

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      • AS/NZS IEC 61034.1:2017 Measurement of smoke density of cables burning under defined conditions - Part 1: Test apparatus

        Provides details of the test apparatus to be used for measuring smoke emission when electric or optical fibre cables are burnt under defined conditions, for example, a few cables burnt horizontally. The light transmittance (lt) under flaming combustion and smouldering conditions can be used as a means of comparing different cables or complying with specific requirements. Identical to and reproduced from IEC 61034-1, Ed 3.1:2013.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 1660.5.2:2006

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      • AS/NZS IEC 61034.2:2017 Measurement of smoke density of cables burning under defined conditions - Part 2: Test procedure and requirements

        Provides details of the test procedure to be employed for the measurement of the density of smoke emitted from cables burning under defined conditions. It describes the means of preparing and assembling cables for test, the method of burning the cables, and gives recommended requirements for evaluating test results. Identical to and reproduced from IEC 61034-2, Ed 3.1:2013.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 1660.5.2:2006

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      • SA/SNZ HB 205:2017 Managing health-and-safety-related risk

        Provides guidance on the application of AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 for the effective management of health-and-safety-related risk, and thereby contribute to the health and safety of workers and others.

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      • AS/NZS 1680.3:2017 Interior and workplace lighting - Part 3: Measurement, calculation and presentation of photometric data

        Specifies for the Australian and New Zealand lighting industries, laboratory conditions, procedures, and instrumentation for making photometric measurements on luminaires for interior and workplace lighting, together with requirements for the derivation of certain photometric data needed for interior lighting calculations.

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      • AS/NZS 1680.2.4:2017 Interior and workplace lighting - Part 2.4: Industrial tasks and processes

        Sets out recommendations aimed at the provision of a visual environment conducive to the safe and efficient performance of tasks associated with industrial activities and processes.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 1680.2.4:1997

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      • AS/NZS 1680.4:2017 Interior and workplace lighting - Part 4: Maintenance of electric lighting systems

        Sets out recommendations aimed at the provision of a visual environment conducive to the safe and efficient performance of tasks associated with industrial activities and processes.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 1680.4:2001

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  • Draft for comment (1)

      • DR AS/NZS 2885.6:2017 Pipelines—Gas and liquid petroleum Part 6: Pipeline safety management

        Comments are invited until 13/09/2017

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  • Withdrawals and Proposals to Withdraw (2)

      • AS/NZS 1660.5.2:2006 Test methods for electric cables, cords and conductors - Fire tests - Measurement of smoke density of cables burning under defined conditions

        Superseded by AS/NZS IEC 61034.1:2017 and AS/NZS IEC 61034.2:2017

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      • AS/NZS 1680.2.4:1997 Interior lighting - Part 2.4: Industrial tasks and processes

        Superseded by AS/NZS 1680.2.4:2017

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Latest articles

  • Dennis Chew visits from IEC’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre

    SNZ hosted a visit from Dennis Chew, Regional Director of IEC’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre. The objective of Dennis’s visit was to allow him to gain a better understanding of the needs of the IEC New Zealand National Committee (IEC NZNC) in order for the IEC Regional Centre to be able to provide necessary support.

  • New Work Item Proposal (NWIP)

    Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on an ISO new work item proposal – Space systems – Satellite-based service for a snowplow support system. The American standards body ANSI has proposed this activity.

  • Towards a happier workplace

    To help businesses and experts design workplaces that encourage employee satisfaction and well-being, ISO has developed several international standards addressing the issues of ergonomics in the design of work systems.

  • Review of New Zealand standards

    Standards New Zealand is currently reviewing standards that are more than 10 years old. The aged standards review seeks to ensure that New Zealand standards are current and continue to be fit for purpose. 

  • Report into performance of Statistics House

    On 31 March 2017, Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith released the Independent Panel’s investigation report into the performance of Statistics House.