Standards and Accreditation Bill
The legislation required to disestablish the Standards Council has been introduced to Parliament. The Standards and Accreditation Bill will now make its way through the legislative process – this will be longer than usual due to the New Zealand general election in September. Until it is enacted, it is business as usual for Standards New Zealand as we continue to develop, publish, and market standards that meet the needs of New Zealand society and business… more
Continuous improvement to services
I am delighted to announce that, as a result of comments we received from our annual customer satisfaction and performance survey, we have introduced two improvements to our services.
Firstly, we have rolled out changes to our online committee tool SPEX. These include a new look and feel, an updated logo to be more consistent with our brand, responsive design so it is easier to use on tablets and phones, a new search function, and a new balloting system… more
Comments we received through the survey also indicated that we need to make it clearer that we sell international standards. We have started work on addressing this. We have placed a prominent advertisement on our website and will be highlighting this information in all of our communications material. We are also in the process of refreshing the homepage of our webshop to include more graphics and less text.
Carpentry Apprentice Challenge 2014
Earlier this year, we arranged for copies of SNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011 to be supplied as prizes at the New Carpentry Apprentice Challenge 2014. We were delighted to receive the following message from Buster Coughtrey, Membership Development Manager, Industry Training Association Building:
Can I take this opportunity on behalf of all the apprentices, ITAB staff, and myself, to thank you and all the team at Standards New Zealand for your continued support and fantastic prizes which you have given us again this year. It is much appreciated and all apprentices now have 3604 handbooks which is just great.
Meritorious Service Awards
Plans for our annual Meritorious Service Awards event at Parliament on 26 August are well underway. Thank you to those of you who have let us know you are coming. We look forward to seeing you there.
Latest news in Touchstone
New energy audit standard
A new ISO standard on energy audits, ISO 50002:2014 Energy audits – Requirements with guidance for use will help organisations make informed decisions about how they use their energy. ISO 50002 covers the basic principles and requirements for carrying out energy audits and harmonising common auditing processes. This allows organisations to compare results across similar sites… more
Managing geotechnical data for ground engineering projects
Another new international standard BS 8574:2014 Code of practice for the management of geotechnical data for ground engineering projects gives recommendations on the management of geotechnical data throughout the life cycle of civil engineering and building projects at both an organisational and project level… more
Bunk beds not meeting voluntary standards
Consumers are advised to be careful when choosing bunk beds. A recent screening test carried out by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs showed that none of the bunk beds examined met the voluntary safety standard, AS/NZS 4220:2010 Bunk beds and other elevated beds… more
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