Friday, August 16, 2013

New Standardization - General Rules - Standards for the 2nd Quarter 2013

Document Center Inc. is pleased to announce that the following New Standards on Standardization, General Rules, are now available:

  • ASTM E1776, 2013 Edition, Standard Guide for Development of Fire-Risk-Assessment Standards
  • BS EN 12786, 2013 Edition, Safety of machinery. Requirements for the drafting of the vibration clauses of safety standards
  • IEC 62542, Edition 1.0, Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems - Glossary of terms
  • PD ISO/IEC Guide 37, 2012 Edition, Instructions for use of products by consumers
  • PD ISO Guide 78, 2012 Edition, Safety of machinery. Rules for drafting and presentation of safety standards

For more standards on this topic, please see our Document Center List of Standards on Standardization, Rules in General.

Have you ever wondered about how standards are generated?  At the SES (the Society for Standards Professionals) conference this week, I was struck by the presentation of one of the ANSI Next Generation Award winners, Jonathan Colby.  He mentioned that one of the benefits of being selected to participate in the IEC Young Professionals Program (prior to the ANSI award!) was learning the protocol of developing standards within the IEC system.

Of course, as a long-time standards person myself, I know that there's a standard for that!  But getting involved in standards development is a great way to shape the future of the industry you're in as well as to network with folks whose passion is the same as yours!

Standardization is not a haphazard affair.  There are definite rules about how standards are developed that are intended to insure that the process is open and fair.  These protocols are guided by the associations who oversee the adoption of standards in any given jurisdiction.  And they are one of the basic requirements as developing nations move towards acceptance of products in the international marketplace by putting a standardization program into  place.

Document Center Inc. wants you to be an informed standards user and to encourage you and your company to get involved in the standards process in any way you can.  If you need more information on how to find standards in your area of interest and identify how to help shape those standards, do let me know.