Friday, April 19, 2013

Down, down, down - SAI Global going down

("Healthy Skepticism is the best strategy over the long term," Matthew Kidman, Business Day, SMH)

Now that the standard seller for the puffed up the bicycle helmet safety industry is taking a bit of a dip what are the repercussions for us?

(well...those of 'us' who wear helmets, which as it turns out is not me so I'm not actually included in that last little 'us' bit...but I'm in the next bit...)

What does it mean for Australia whose standards, accreditation, product testing, certification, OH &S compliance, ethics, risk assessements, audit management, legislation, commentary, codes, property development, ownership, transfer, military parts, metals, fact 'Uncle Tom Cobbley an all' are in their hands?

Hmmn I wonder


  1. Shall we speculate?
    Yes, let's.

    SAI Global falls victim to a takeover. The new owner decides to rationalize its' unproductive standards section by adopting existing international standards.
    The new bicycle helmet standard uses random sampling instead of batch sampling. To quote from Snell,
    "Over the years, Snell has tried to implement batch programs to supplement the RST program, but have consistently seen that the Snell RST program tends to successfully find inferior product more readily."

    Having lost batch testing as a barrier against overseas helmet manufacturers, a certain company which owns interests in helmet manufacturing and testing as well as bicycle manufacturing amongst many others, decides to cease tying its' sponsorship of certain "cycling advocates" to support of MHL and switch to support for repeal of MHL in order to increase bicycle sales to replace its' falling helmet sales.

    Government commissions a world leading study which shows that MHL is bad public health policy. MHL repealed.