Each year on 14 October, we celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.
Temet uses international standards in its operations, which aims to enable consistent operating methods and resource efficiency. The ultimate purpose of standardization is to facilitate operations. Agreed definitions and operating methods reduce the number of errors, misunderstandings and speed up work if used correctly.
From the civil shelter point of view, various inadequacies around the world have been found. Shelters may have not been designed adequately, the technology used may be outdated or old structures may not provide proper protection. This is why Temet made the proposal based on which the International Organization for Standardization ISO founded the working group to prepare the standard on civil defence shelters in autumn 2021. The purpose of the standard is to improve the quality of civil shelter design, but at the same time take the whole life cycle of a civil defence shelter into a consideration. However, the national legislation has precedence over the standard, the standard is rather meant to harmonise practices and give guidance on shelter design, construction, usage and maintenance.
The standard on civil defence shelters is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2024. Standardization can build a safer world for all of us.
At this point, we already thank the entire working group for their valued expertise for the new standard!