Pandemic preparedness – new tool – ISO report on use of fever screening equipment
A new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical report will help public health authorities to contain the spread of infectious diseases, such as the H1N1 influenza virus, and so prevent them from developing into pandemics.
Medical electrical equipment – Deployment, implementation and operational guidelines for indentifying febrile humans using a screening thermograph, ISO/TR 13154:2009, is a useful new tool for pandemic preparedness. It outlines how to make the best use of medical equipment for fever screening at key locations, such as international airports.
'The publication of the technical report is very timely given the current outbreak of H1N1 in several regions of the world,' says Dave Osborn, Secretary of the ISO subcommittee responsible for ISO/TR 13154. 'Because panic can lead to misdirected energies that waste precious resources, the ISO technical report deserves high marks for providing an important first step in the face of outbreaks of influenza and other infectious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), tuberculosis, anthrax, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and other biological or bacterial agents whose early detection is vital.'
Guidance for stakeholder engagement – new work item proposal
A new work item proposal has been proposed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on guidance for stakeholder engagement.
The proposed Standard will:
- provide guidance on identifying and engaging with stakeholders, to provide an informed basis for an organisation's decisions. Such engagement activities can range from information provision for consultations, to full multi-stakeholder processes
- cover principles and provide practical guidance in planning, designing, communicating, and implementing a timely and proactive engagement activity
- include guidance about what needs to be considered before deciding to undertake a consultation process
- be applicable to all organisations. While the practical guidance in this Standard could be used by the public and private sector in policy, programme, and project development, it is not intended to provide guidance on broader matters of representative democracy or corporate governance.
Standards New Zealand will be liaising with stakeholders to see whether they believe that this Standard should be developed, and if so, whether New Zealand should participate. If it is determined that New Zealand wishes to actively participate, appropriate resources will need to be made available by interested parties in order to do this. If you are interested in commenting, please email email@example.com, or phone 04 498 5945.
How ISO Standards support and benefit the media
Summarised from 'ISO and the media' articles in ISO Focus, April 2009 (www.iso.org/isofocus)
Every working day, there are hundreds of new references to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on media sites on the internet, reflecting growing awareness of the contribution of ISO Standards to providing confidence in products and services. However, many journalists and other media professionals are probably unaware of the substantial role played by ISO Standards in supporting their own industry.
The latest issue of ISO Focus magazine features 'ISO and the Media'. It showcases Standards that have widely disseminated innovative technological advances in the media industry, increasing its viability. These Standards have also facilitated the explosive growth of new communication media, such as CDs and DVDs. Other Standards, such as for digital file formats and office printing equipment have changed the way we work.
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AS 1289 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes
AS 12126.96.36.199-2009 Soil classification tests - Determination of the particle size distribution of a soil - Standard method of analysis by sieving
Sets out the method for the quantitative determination by sieve analysis of the particle size distribution in a soil, down to the 75 (m sieve. By using this Method the combined silt and clay fraction can be obtained by difference. For particle sizes smaller than 75 (m the sedimentation method described in AS 12188.8.131.52, using a hydrometer to secure the necessary data, applies.
Supersedes AS 12184.108.40.206-1995
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AS 1952-2009 Dispensing measures - Pharmaceutical – Glass
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BS 10:2009 Specification for flanges and bolting for pipes, valves and fittings
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- IEC 60264-1:1968 Containers for round winding wires
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