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.
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.
Click on “Comment on draft standards”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.