Created because standards aren’t followed, the ACI reports examples of sub-standard cable and failures in UK market surveillance. Using existing legislation, it works with the Health & Safety Executive and Trading Standards, yet primarily manages the problem itself.
Too few checks means that non-approved cables go unchallenged and with some installers unable to understand specifications and differentiate between compliant and non-compliant cables, the problem just gets bigger. No one area of industry is to blame as all have a responsibility, but some joined-up thinking and actions are required. The ACI wants:
All cable sold and bought for UK installation to conform to British (or relevant European/International) standards
All cable sold and bought for UK installation to be independently third party approved
Wholesalers and distributors to supply certification/approval for all cable they supply and for this information to be available upon request
Provenance and traceability to be key purchasing requirements for all imported, distributed, sold or installed cable in the UK
A greater number of standards-led installations to be championed in the UK.
These values will only work if we have acceptance, enforcement and monitoring at all levels of the supply chain. We will continue to be purposeful and intrusive in our checks, market sampling and testing.