AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 – new international Standard on risk management now due for publication December – seminars planned for February/March 2010
The Standard for risk management (AS/NZS 4360) will soon be replaced by a joint Australia/New Zealand adoption of the newly published ISO 31000:2009. In Australia and New Zealand, the new Standard will be called AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines.
Due to a publishing delay with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the new adopted Standard is now planned for release in mid December. Standards New Zealand will provide a further update in the December 2009 Touchstone.
New internet archiving Standard available – New Zealander chairs the international committee
A new international Standard Information and documentation – WARC file format ISO 28500:2009 will ensure that valuable information posted on the internet is not lost when a page changes or disappears. Alison Elliott, Director of Content Services at the National Library of New Zealand, is Chair of the subcommittee (SC) that developed this Standard and New Zealand holds the secretariat for the subcommittee (International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 46 SC 4).
ISO 28500 provides a file format known as WARC (Web ARChive), which offers a convention for concatenating multiple data objects into one long file. The format can be used to build applications for harvesting, managing, accessing, and exchanging content.
Auckland importer warned by Commerce Commission
An Auckland-based importer has been warned by the Commerce Commission that a toy tool set imported from China and sold in budget variety stores may have breached an unsafe goods notice relating to levels of lead in children's toys. Anyone in possession of one of these toy sets is advised to dispose of them immediately.
In late 2007, importer United Top KidSmart brought into New Zealand 96 plastic tool sets. Independent testing found some parts of the tool set have paint containing more than 21 times the maximum level of lead allowed. The tool set retailed for about $3.50.