Standards are important

My standards are pretty low when it comes to personal aspects about myself. I could straighten my hair in the morning and put on some lippy, but that would mean I would have to leave bed just that bit earlier. Maybe it is not so much about standards but priorities, and being asleep is my favourite thing to do. Don’t get me wrong I am clean, but I am not high maintenance. In other areas of life, dropping standards is not an option. In Christchurch we are living through what is called “the rebuild” – an understated term for such disruption and stress. A massive part of this is making sure standards are enforced. Standards are agreed specifications for products, services, or performance. They are there to improve safety and quality and meet various industries best practices.

Business people

To help anyone involved in this process you can come into any of our community libraries (in library access only) and you can search Standards New Zealand Online. Our library subscription entitles us to online access to all New Zealand (NZS) and joint Australian & New Zealand (AS/NZS) standards that are available in PDF format. I would hate to think how many changes have been made recently to building standards alone. To help, you may download a single copy of a Standards New Zealand document for viewing purposes only. The retention of any downloaded Standards New Zealand documents, whether in hardcopy or electronic form is expressly prohibited by copyright law. Christchurch City Libraries also has print copies of standards and other help available for those who need to adhere to standards regardless of how much they would like to stay in bed. Just ask!

New Zealand Standards online: how to measure up

Let me introduce library users to Standards New Zealand Online.  Standards are agreed specifications to enhance products and services, improve safety and meet industry best practices. This is a handy electronic resource, as our print copies of standards are presently out-of-bounds. It will be of interest to builders, engineers, electricians and all those responsible for consumer and occupational safety.

This web site enables users to find:

• Standards by industry;
• Standards by law – to find information cited in legislation or regulation;
• Contact details for agencies for confirmation of compliance requirements;
• Why standards are developed, by whom and how.

Of special interest  is an area on the website specifically targeted at  Cantabrians including : “Christchurch Earthquake: Frequently asked questions” and  “Standards New Zealand- assistance for Cantabrians”.

Due to our license agreement you may not download, print out or save standards – they can only be viewed online  at our libraries through the catalogue or at the Source. Despite this, we know this will an incredibly helpful resource for Christchurch – please spread the word.

Free online access to Standards New Zealand at your library

StandardsStandards New Zealand, out of the goodness of their hearts, have offered Christchurch City Libraries customers six months free access to their online library service.

Since we can not access our print copies at Central Library, this is tremendous news!

Standards are agreed specifications to enhance products and  services, improve safety and meet industry best practices. This web site enables users to find:

  • Standards by industry;
  • Standards by law – to find information cited in legislation or regulation;
  • Contact details for agencies for confirmation of compliance requirements;
  • Why standards are developed, by whom and how.

Unfortunately due to our licence agreement you may not download, print out or save standards and they can only be viewed online within community libraries. Despite this, we know this will an incredibly helpful resource for Christchurch at this time – please spread the word.