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Industry Standards

What is a Standard?

Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures. These are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria.

Each Standard is uniquely identified by a letter/number combination termed the ‘designation’. The designation of an Australian Standard broadly follows the following rules:

  • Prefix - letters identifying the primary publisher, publication type and additional publisher information. The most commonly used ones for Safety are:
    AS – Australian Standard
    AS/NZS - Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard
  • Main number - uniquely designates the Standard. It is usually sequential but in some cases the number may be specially assigned
  • Part numbers - sequential, identifies the document as part of a series of related Standards with a common main number.
  • Year - year of publication of the Standard

The above information is based on information from Standards Australia.


For a quick ready reference to the relevant standards for each product category, please review our product catalogue. We recommend purchasing full Standards from SAI Global.

Please contact an RSEA Safety Specialist for up to date advice and information on Standards.