- Aussies love a trip to the beach, a summer evening barbeque or an afternoon swim but many of us don’t realise the number of standards we rely on to keep us safe.
- Standards Australia creates standards to help products work the way they’re expected to.
The Australian Summer is an iconic part of the Aussie lifestyle but did you know that some of our favourite summer pastimes include a range of standards designed to keep us safe? They affect everything from the fans keeping you cool to your coolest pair of sunnies.
Standards Australia has been developing standards that contribute to the Australian summer lifestyle for almost 100 years. It’s more Australian than a Sunday barbeque or a game of beach cricket. Here are some of the most iconic Australian standards that are necessary to ensure we all enjoy a great summer – standards are everywhere.
You can’t Slip, Slop, Slap without sunscreen, and AS/NZS 2604:2012 Sunscreen products - Evaluation and classification sets out procedures for determining the performance of sunscreen products in terms of their mean protection factors.
This standard has been essential for determining SPF standards in Australia, and forms an invaluable understanding for consumers about what they’re paying for.
If you’re swimming at Bondi or Cottesloe Beach you will have seen safety flags designed to give swimmers information about hazards in the water and how they should act. There’s a high chance these signs are governed by ISO 20712-3:2014 – water safety signs and beach safety flags.
But if you spend your summer indoors with a good book or re-watching Game of Thrones to remind you that winter is coming, you’ll find comfort in AS/NZS 3823.2-2013 – Performance of electrical appliances – air conditioners and heat pumps as well as AS/NZS 4020:2018, Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water to help you stay cool.
Last but not least, if you’re a weekend warrior looking to grill some snags, AS/NZS 5263.1.7:2016 Gas appliances - Domestic outdoor gas barbecues is your best friend. This standard aims to keep your barbeque safe to use on a hot summer’s day.
These are just a few of the standards that feed into the Australian summer. Standards have been helping products and services work how they’re supposed to for nearly 100 years thanks to Standards Australia, and the work they do means you can spend more time enjoying the summer sun.