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AS/NZS 4334:1995

BS 7139:1989

Australian/New Zealand Standard


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Graphic symbols for use on


medical electrical equipment

[BS title: Graphical symbols for electrical equipment in medical


practice]
AS/NZS 4334:1995

This Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard was prepared by Joint Technical


Committee HT/15, Medical Electrical Equipment — General Safety Aspects. It was
approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 31 July 1995 and on behalf
of the Council of Standards New Zealand on 11 September 1995. It was published on
5 November 1995.

The following interests are represented on Committee HT/15:

Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine


Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
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Australian Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering


Australian Private Hospitals Association
Canterbury Health, New Zealand
Department of Defence, Australia
Department of Health, N.S.W.
Department of Health, W.A.
Department of Human Services and Health, Australia
Department of Veterans Affairs, Australia
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Australia
Medical Industry Association of Australia
Ministry of Commerce, New Zealand
Monash Medical Centre, Vic.
Public Works Department, N.S.W.
Queensland Health
Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
Wellington Area Health Board, New Zealand

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This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 95077.


AS/NZS 4334:1995

Australian/New Zealand Standard


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Graphic symbols for use on


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PUBLISHED JOINTLY BY:

STANDARDS AUSTRALIA
1 The Crescent,
Homebush NSW 2140 Australia

STANDARDS NEW ZEALAND


Level 10, Standards House,
155 The Terrace,
Wellington 6001 New Zealand
ISBN 0 7337 0033 0
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PREFACE

This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee HT/15 on
Medical Electrical Equipment — General Safety Aspects. It is issued as a Joint Standard under the terms of the
Active Cooperation Agreement between Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand with the objective of
reducing technical barriers between the two nations.

It is identical with and has been reproduced from BS 7139:1989 Guide to graphical symbols for use on medical
electrical equipment, which in turn is identical with IEC 878 (1988) Graphical symbols for electrical equipment
in medical practice, but omits the intermingled French text.

BS 7139 and IEC 878 represent the most comprehensive compilation of medical graphical symbols available and
is published by Committee HT/15 for that reason.

As this Standard is reproduced from an International Standard, the following applies:


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(b) In the source text, ‘this International Standard’ should read ‘this Australian/New Zealand Standard’.

(c) A full point substitutes for a comma when referring to a decimal marker.

References to International Standards should be replaced by equivalent Australian, New Zealand or


Australian/New Zealand Standards, as follows:

Reference to International Standard Australian/New Zealand Standard

BS AS/NZS
7139 Guide to graphical symbols for use on —
medical electrical equipment

IEC
417 Graphical symbols for use on equipment. —
Index, survey and compilation of the
single sheets

ISO
7000 Graphical symbols for use on —
equipment— Index and synopsis

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CONTENTS

Page

INTRODUCTION 1

Clause
1. Scope and object 1
2. General 1

SECTION ONE — GENERAL SYMBOLS


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3. Alphabetical index 2
4. Numerical index 3
5. Compilation 5

SECTION TWO — SYMBOLS TO IDENTIFY THE


CLASSIFICATION OF EQUIPMENT

6. Alphabetical index 16
7. Numerical index 17
8. Compilation 19

SECTION THREE — SAFETY SYMBOLS

9. Alphabetical index 21
10. Numerical index 22
11. Compilation 24

SECTION FOUR — SPECIALIZED SYMBOLS


FOR IONIZING RADIATION EQUIPMENT

12. Alphabetical index 25


13. Numerical index 26
14. Compilation 30

First published as AS/NZS 4334:1995.


Incorporating:
Amdt 1 — 1996
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Page

SECTION FIVE — SPECIALIZED


SYMBOLS FOR DISPLAY,
COMMUNICATION AND RECORDING

15. Alphabetical index 39


16. Numerical index 39
17. Compilation 41

National appendices

A. Correspondence with the graphical symbols that have been selected from BS 6217 (IEC 417) 47
B. Correspondence with the graphical symbols that have been selected from ISO 7000. 48
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AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARD

Graphic symbols for use on medical electrical equipment

INTRODUCTION

This IEC Publication 878, “Graphical symbols for electrical equipment in medical practice”, is divided into five
sections, as follows:

Section One: General symbols.


Section Two: Symbols to identify the classification of equipment
Section Three: Safety symbols.
Section Four: Specialized symbols for ionizing radiation equipment.
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Section Five: Specialized symbols for display, communication and recording.

Other introductory remarks will be found in Clause 2.

1. Scope and object

This report provides a list, for easy reference, of graphical symbols for medical electrical equipment.

2. General

This report identifies those symbols already published in IEC Publication 417 or in ISO Standard 7000. A
reference to the relevant symbol number is given.

Some symbols essential for compliance with the standards issued by IEC Technical Committee No. 62 or its
Sub-Committees are also listed.

Many of the symbols listed in this report have already been used for several years on equipment and will be
familiar to experts in that particular field; the meaning of others will become clear when viewed in context on
the equipment itself, but it must be appreciated that it is impossible to make self-evident the meaning of all
symbols on complex equipment.

However, it is to be noted that the meaning of all symbols used on equipment shall be explained in the
accompanying documents to the equipment.

The symbols listed in this report are intended to be displayed on equipment used in medical practice. They are
not necessarily associated with graphical symbols used on drawings.

For symbol requirements not met by this report, refer in the first instance to published IEC or ISO symbols. Note
that, where necessary, two or more symbols or symbol elements may be grouped together to convey a particular
meaning and, provided that the essential communicative characteristics of the basic symbol are maintained, some
latitude in graphic design is permissible.

The symbols are grouped in sections for ease of reference (see Introduction).

The safety symbols in Section Three may be used to form safety signs according to local regulations, for
example in a yellow triangle.

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