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ISO/DIS 13849 – 1 Available for Public Review

ISO/DIS 13849 – 1 was made avail­able for pub­lic review on 2020-06-07. If you are not famil­i­ar with ISO lingo, the “DIS” in the num­ber stands for “Draft Inter­na­tion­al Stand­ard.” When an ISO doc­u­ment reaches this stage, the doc­u­ment is made avail­able to every­one for review and com­ment through their Nation­al Body’s Pub­lic Review Portal. All com­ments must be received by 2020-08-01. The abiity to com­ment through the pub­lic portal will be closed on that date.

This is your chance to get a pre­view of what is com­ing when the next edi­tion of ISO 13849 – 1 is pub­lished in April-2021, so if this is a stand­ard that mat­ters to you, now is your chance!

To review the doc­u­ment, and since I’m in Canada, I need to vis­it the Stand­ards Coun­cil of Canada (SCC) to use the portal. You’ll need to vis­it the Nation­al Stand­ards Body for your coun­try to do this. If you’re not sure what your Nation­al Body is, vis­it https://www.iso.org/members.html to find out.

The SCC Public Review Portal

Here’s how to get to the SCC Pub­lic Review Portal. If you are loc­ated in anoth­er coun­try, you must go to your Nation­al Stand­ards Body’s web­site instead of SCC.

Step 1: Go to scc.ca

Point your browser at https://scc.ca.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) homepage on 2020-06-07. This page is the starting point for navigation to the public review portal for Canadians.

Step 2: Find the Public Review Portal

Pull down the “Stand­ards” menu on the dark blue menu bar, then select “Par­ti­cip­ate in Stand­ards.” That will take you to https://www.scc.ca/en/standards/participate.

The SCC homepage showing the "Standards" menu pulled down to reveal the menu selections.

Click on “Com­ment on draft stand­ards”.

The SCC "Participate in standards development" page.

Step 3: Pick “Draft ISO standards open for comment”

In the screen­shot below, the red box and arrow show the cor­rect link. This will take you to https://scc.isolutions.iso.org/obp/ui/#home.

The SCC "Comment on draft standards" page with the link to the ISO commenting portal shown with a red box surrounding it and an arrow pointing to the box to highlight it.

Step 4: Find the document in the list

Start by typ­ing “ISO/DIS 13849 – 1” in the search box, and select the “stand­ard” radio but­ton above the search box.

The SCC/ISO Online Browsing Platform page with the search box shown. "ISO/DIS 13849-1" has been typed in the search box, and the "Standards" radio button has been selected.

After you click the mag­ni­fy­ing glass but­ton to start the search, you should see a list of stand­ards like that shown below. ISO/DIS 13849 – 1 is at the top of the list. Click on the green “Com­ment” but­ton to get access to the doc­u­ment.

The OBP search results, with ISO/DIS 13849-1 shown at the top of the list. The document has a red box drawn around it to highlight it, and a red arrow is pointing at the green "Comment" button on the right of the screen.

Step 5: Read and Review

You may have to cre­ate an account before you are gran­ted access if you don’t already have one. An account login is required because SCC has to provide veri­fied com­ments to ISO, and so they need to know who you are. They may also need to reach out to you for cla­ri­fic­a­tion of your com­ments.

Log in, and you can now read through the draft and leave com­ments using the com­ment­ing tool. There is a but­ton below each sec­tion of the doc­u­ment that you can click to log a com­ment. I’ve high­lighted that with a box and an arrow below. It’s very import­ant to provide a spe­cif­ic pro­pos­al for a change. If you leave the change field empty, your com­ment will either be rejec­ted, or simply “Noted”, with no fur­ther action taken.

All com­ments are due by 2020-08-01. Your com­ments will be sent to ISO/TC 199 at the end of the com­ment­ing peri­od.

The OBP page for ISO/DIS 13849-1, showing the Foreword and the first few lines of the Introduction. A red box has been drawn around the "Comment" button below the Foreword, and a red arrow is pointing at the button to show readers where to click to leave a comment.

So that’s it. Pub­lic review of stand­ards is an import­ant part of the pro­cess, and one which every­one who uses stand­ards in their work should par­ti­cip­ate in whenev­er they can. Watch for the pub­lic­a­tion of ISO 13849 – 1:2021 in late April or dur­ing May 2021.

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