The WA Health Libraries Network has a single user login to Australian Standards Online, accessed via SAI Global.
Click on this link for access. The login credentials needed are pre-populated - just click 'Submit' to get in.
When you click to open / download a standard, you will be prompted to register as an individual. Be aware that confirmation emails to complete registration may end up in your junk email folder.
It is important to logout once you have found what you need so others may gain access.
Reading a downloaded standard
A FileOpen plugin is required to read a downloaded standard. The FileOpen plugin should be deployed to all EMHS and SMHS PCs. If not, you will need to log an IT service call to get it installed. Please note that once downloaded, a standard can be opened on only one computer – not one at a time, but just one computer. 17 May 2021
Australian standards are available, however the online site also references other international standards from organisations such as
AAMI - Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
ISO - International Organization for Standardization.
These online standards are 'locked' unless an additional purchase is made. The cost to unlock them is charged back to the part of WA Health that requires access.
When you click 'Request Unlock' you will need to fill in some details and then hit 'Submit Form'. The request will be sent to the SMHS Library to organise the purchase. Costs will be generally be charged to the department making the request. Approval is required from the head of department and the relevant business manager (and the cost centre is required) but the Library staff can organise the payment and alert you when it is available.
Although you can download the Standards in pdf format, the downloaded copies are encoded with a predetermined expiry date, after which they cease to be accessible. You either need to log back in to view the standard as you need it and / or print off a copy (but remember to check your print copy is still the most current version).
International standards that are unlocked do not remain available indefinitely. They have a predetermined expiry date (up to the date of the annual subscription renewal - 24 June), after which they need to be repurchased. You can see the list of those that have been added to the standard licence by clicking on 'My International Docs' from the side menu of the site. It is important to print off any that you rely on and check back to see if the version you have printed remains the most current version.