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Compliance News


ACI says construction industry suffers from non-conforming products (part 2)

  • Jun 03, 2015

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has been questioning the prevalence (or otherwise) of faulty electrical products in the UK construction sector. To see this and other ACI articles concerning sub-standard and possibly dangerous cables, as well as Part P compliance, please use the links below.

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Don’t Risk It!

  • Jun 03, 2015

These days, there are many new channels to buy electrical products. In addition, there are many more brands selling similar electrical products. But are the new, cheap products really the ‘same’? Or does the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ still hold true?

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BBC finally responds to complaint about programme on illegal ‘universal sockets’

  • Jun 03, 2015

In September 2014, we reported on a dispute between the BBC and safety organisation 'Fatally Flawed' over Chinese made universal sockets. This concerned a BBC radio programme that Fatally Flawed believed ‘promoted’ dangerous and illegal products in the UK. Now, the BBC has finally removed the offending programme from its website.

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When Should Installers Start to Use Non Combustible Consumer Units?

  • May 29, 2015

The IET recently published an article in the Wiring Matters – Special Edition 55 that explains when installers should begin to use non combustible consumer units i.e. put simply the answer is, as soon as stocks are available.

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NICEIC and ELECSA call for re-think over Third Party Certification Scheme

  • May 05, 2015

NICEIC and ELECSA have called for a rethink of Third Party Inspection as electrical contractors’ voice their opposition to the scheme.

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Wylex Launch Amendment 3 Consumer Units

  • May 02, 2015

Amendment 3 to BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations (published January 2015).

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Government’s Recall Review – Electrical Safety First Responds

  • May 01, 2015

Responding to the Government’s Review of the UK’s System for the Recall of Unsafe Products, Electrical Safety First has highlighted the need for a more robust system of recalls and urgent action to increase consumer understanding of risk.

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Product recall seminar hits the spot

  • Apr 15, 2015

With recalls hitting the headlines on a regular basis, Electrical Safety First’s latest industry initiative was a timely seminar entitled Product Recalls – Do you have an effective recall process?

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ACI says construction industry suffers from non-conforming products

  • Mar 26, 2015

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is questioning the prevalence (or otherwise) of faulty electrical products in the UK construction sector.

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Electrical Safety First welcomes product recall system review

  • Mar 07, 2015

Fake, unsafe and non-compliant electrical products for consumers and professionals alike are now everywhere, available from retail outlets, online and even some electrical wholesalers. This is now a very serious issue and one with big safely implications. So the latest news from the Government regarding the product recall system has pleased Electrical Safety First.

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Dodgy cables - understand your responsibilities warns the ACI again

  • Mar 04, 2015

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has reported more trouble with sub-standard and possibly dangerous cables in the Australian electrical supply chain, as another product recall has led to the collapse of another cable importer there. Again, there are implications for the UK.

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BBC and 'Fatally Flawed' in dispute over Chinese made ‘universal sockets’

  • Mar 03, 2015

An article entitled ‘A universal plug socket... at last?’ by the BBC’s renowned journalist Peter Day and posted to the BBC’s online magazine on 1st June 2012, is at the centre of arguments over the safety of the product concerned. Voltimum UK, writes James Hunt, has no wish to criticise the excellent BBC, yet there is a question to be answered because of the potential risk to life and limb. This is why we’ve published the email exchange here. The complainant is David Peacock, FIET, founder of 'PlugSafe' and co-founder of 'FatallyFlawed'.

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