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UNIFORMITY OF PERFORMANCE

The nature of the intended use and purpose of Safety products has meant that uniformity of performance is very important. Nobody wants to use height safety equipment without knowing that is has been rigorously tested and complies with the required standards, especially if you're working on the roof of a high rise building. Or in the case of gloves, before you dip your hands into a barrel of solvent or acid, you need to be sure your skin will have the maximum level of required protection.

So before you buy products for protecting the health and safety of staff in the workplace, it pays to know whether the products comply with regulations.

A Standard is a published document, which sets out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently performs in the way it was intended.

Standards establish a common language, which defines quality and establishes safety criteria. Standards and conformance are the keys to ensuring the quality and consistency of physical, chemical and biological measurement.

They provide a framework for industry and government to maintain domestic and foreign confidence in goods and services. When procedures are standardised the costs are lower, training is simplified and consumers accept products more readily when they can be judged on intrinsic merit.

Standards are also important for enhancing global competitiveness, attracting investment and encouraging and supporting innovation.

Standards New Zealand develops standards and other specifications to improve the quality of goods and services, facilitate trade and commerce and promote health, safety and welfare.

Standards New Zealand works with many industry sectors and the Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) to develop Standards for safety at work.

Safety products often feature standards indicating compliance according to the standards regulators in the country of manufacture and/or distribution.

The following Standards are the most common and are represented on packaging and Material Safety Data Sheets by capital letters, often followed by a number:

European Standards - EN

American National Standards Institute - ANSI

United States Food and Drug Administration - USFDA

Australian & New Zealand Standards - AS/NZS