Electrical Contracting News (ECN) ECN-Nov2017 - Page 10

INDUSTRY NEWS HUNT FOR MISSING SUBSTANDARD CABLE RENEWED OLYMPIC MEDALLIST TOPS THE BILL AT AINTREE EVENT FROM NICEIC AND ELECSA The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has supported a BBC investigation which has re- ignited a seven-year hunt for more than three million metres of substandard cable product that remains unaccounted for in UK buildings. In 2010, an ACI investigation led to more than 11m metres of cable, manufactured by Turkish company, Atlas Kablo, being recalled from the UK market, following the suspension of two of its product certification licences by British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC). According to ACI, reports of faulty cabling from concerned contractors earlier in 2010 led it to test samples of product from the Turkish cable manufacturer. The samples were found to have insufficient copper leading to high conductor resistance and did not comply with appropriate British Standards. Independent testing by BASEC later confirmed this, leading to the suspension of Atlas Kablo’s BASEC licence for a serious decline in quality across its range of products. Last week, a BBC report highlighted that the HSE decided not to issue a compulsory recall notice, instead relying upon a voluntary approach. This meant only a proportion of the cable was recovered and destroyed and the unaccounted-for cable was enough to fully rewire 8,000 houses, electrical experts have told the BBC. Subsequent market surveillance by the ACI led to stocks of the substandard cable being found on sale in Homebase, Wilco and Focus DIY. ACI intervention led to the stocks being removed from sale. The Atlas Kablo cable is marked with the manufacturer’s identification `Atlas Kablo’ and carries a 2010 manufacturing date and the TSE ‹HAR› approval mark. The cable sheathing colours included white, cream, yellow and blue and marking may be embossed or printed. Many of the cables are also marked with British designations such as 3183Y and BS6500. Olympic medallist and motivational speaker Kriss Akabusi will be the keynote speaker at NICEIC ELECSA Live North, held at Aintree Racecourse on November 23. Kriss will talk about his own athletics career, including winning the 400m hurdles gold medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and the bronze in the 1992 Olympic Games, where he set a British record that still stands today. NICEIC’s Darren Staniforth and Alan Wells will also be on hand to inform delegates about the proposed changes to the upcoming 18 th edition and the recent document for public comment, while the IET’s Mark Coles will provide an overview on Part 8 of the regulations. Other prominent sessions include author James Dewane advising contractors on how to attract and retain customers and Chris Ashworth from Competitive Advantage Consultancy, who will present new research into how much contractors should be charging for their work. Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE, will also present a session on the history of electricity, and the impact it has had on how we live. As well as the sessions, contractors will be able to visit the exhibition floor and attend dedicated demo sessions, posing questions to NICEIC and ELECSA’s technical team. To book a place visit www.niceic-elecsalive.com. Make the right choice of lighting control MA TH DE IN E UK 5 YEAR W AR R ENE GY T It is generally accepted that stand alone lighting controls, such as PIR occupancy switches, is a cost effective way of achieving signifi cant energy savings if the right product is installed for the right application. With a huge range of control options across commercial, public and domestic applications it is essential to make THE RIGHT CHOICE before installation. So why not talk to DANLERS to fi nd the best solution for you. RAN SA VING Over 25 years experience - saving customers time, energy and money Site visits, plan marking and bespoke items by arrangement All our products are easy to install - ideal for retrofi t or new build Make long lasting energy savings from the moment a control is installed All our energy saving controls are designed and manufactured [HRHYX\\[HXܛST^[]H[[XXHX[KӕPTQSHST TPHPSHӂ LH ‘ST[Z]Y ST\[\[K[Y[Y \[[K[\KӌM B[ LH ˈ[XZ[[\[\˘˝Z˙[\˘˝Z