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Don't let Regs take your eye of compliance

10/06/08

BASEC (British Approvals Service for Cables) is issuing a cautionary warning to specifiers and installers not to be distracted by the new edition Wiring Regulations and to ensure compliance of their cables for every installation they complete.

 Taking claims of compliance at face value is a recipe for disaster believes BASEC chief executive Dr Jeremy Hodge and last month's long awaited 17th edition of IEE Wiring Regulations provides even more reason why such issues can't be left to chance.

Dr Hodge said: "The 17th Edition Wiring Regulations include necessary changes which will be implemented in July to maintain technical alignment with international harmonised documents and to introduce some new UK-specific requirements. From then on, all commercial, domestic and industrial wiring installations should be designed, installed and tested to the new specification.

"For the installer this means he or she will quickly need to get to grips with the new regulations and their implications.  What we don't want while this is happening is for installers to take their eye off the ball and fall foul of some of the non compliant and faulty cable products."

Faulty cables have always been an issue but never to the extent that they are now and unfortunately it can often be only once cables are installed, tested and used that the problems relating to quality or performance come to light.  By then it can be too late to avoid the enormous costs of rectifying the situation.

Dr Hodge says BASEC's Six Point Check for specifiers and installers seeks to provide a guide to safeguard against the risk of installing cable which is sub-standard or incorrect.

The checklist is:

•Get the specification right.  Design engineers have a responsibility to communicate what they want in an unambiguous manner. 
•Prevention is better than cure.  Instruct your procurement department to buy approved cable - not just the cheapest available, but products which are BASEC approved.
•Don't strip out suspect cable immediately.  If there are problems found with or questions are raised about a cable, seek advice.
•Contact your trade body (e.g., ECA) or inspectorate (e.g., NICEIC) on the design and installation aspects, or contact BASEC on cable quality issues.
•Record your purchases - keep records of the purchase.
•Get it tested - If you have scrap lengths of faulty cable, these can be sent to BASEC for checking and testing.
As a service to approved manufacturers and their customers, BASEC offers a free-of-charge complaints investigation service for installers and end users when cable-related problems emerge with an installation using BASEC approved cable.

It cannot be stressed enough that there is a need to move towards greater compliance in the purchase and use of approved products for now and the future. The problem of faulty cables is not going to go away and will be with us for many years to come.

ENDS

For further press information contact:

Sally Neary, Acumen Public Relations.

Tel: 01704 834773

sally@acumenpr.com

Editor's Notes:

BASEC is the recognised leader in product certification services for electrical cables, data/signal cables and ancillary products. Through its teams of highly skilled engineers and auditors who possess extensive in-depth commercial and industrial experience, BASEC has a reputation for professional and rigorous assessment processes which ultimately lead to the issuing of BASEC's highly respected certification.

In addition, BASEC offers auditing for Process Capability in cable making, Certificates of Assessed Design for innovative cable products and independent testing and reporting in the event of disputes.

British Approvals Service for Cables,

23 Presley Way,

Crownhill,

Milton Keynes,

MK8 0ES.

Tel: 01908 267300

Fax: 01908 267255

mail@basec.org.uk 

www.basec.org.uk

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