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Compliance News


Multi-million dollar cable recall in Australia and BASEC warns it could happen in the UK

  • Sep 24, 2014

A major cable recall affecting up to 40,000 homes and businesses and costing an estimated A$80 million dollars (£43m) has hit the headlines in Australia – and non-compliance is the issue, reports the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC).

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Lighting can cause UV damage to electric cables – is a new standard needed?

  • Aug 19, 2014

The insulation of electric cables used outdoors is well known to be prone to rapid degradation by ultra-violet (UV) exposure, so it is important that a type recommended for outdoor use be used. What is less well-known is that, even indoor cables, if mounted near to lighting systems (such as luminaires), can suffer from UV damage. The British Approvals Service for Electric Cables (BASEC), has just warned about this.

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State-of-the-art test laboratories approach readiness

  • Aug 13, 2014

Joining the Lighting Industry Association’s (LIA) new and very modern Telford lighting test lab is another leading edge test facility being commissioned in Milton Keynes by the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC).

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State-of-the-art BASEC fire cable test lab is readied for start-up

  • Jul 09, 2014

The brand new BASEC laboratory facilities in Milton Keynes, which are currently being commissioned, have been designed to meet the rising demand for Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR) fire tests on electrical cables.

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Squaring the circle - Electrical Safety First’s Roundtable

  • May 10, 2014

Electrical Safety First’s recent roundtable on product safety, recalls and traceability, attracted a distinguished audience, comprising representatives from leading manufacturers, retailers and trade and enforcement agencies.

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LIA builds new £700,000 state-of-the-art lighting test laboratory

  • Apr 24, 2014

Today, the lighting industry is seeing exciting and dramatic changes, with new technological advances – mainly LED-based - arriving seemingly on an almost daily basis. This means that the demand for lighting testing is increasing fast, and one result is that the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is planning a new, much larger and more advanced testing laboratory in Telford.

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BASEC says provide more technical information on cable products

  • Mar 20, 2014

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) is encouraging cable manufacturers and traders to make more technical information readily available to users of their cable products.

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Don’t leave your customers in the dark – independent product verification provides peace of mind

  • Feb 19, 2014

Through its ISO 17025 accredited testing, verification and certification service, the LIA Laboratories provide lighting manufacturers with an independent ‘testimonial’ for their products, giving customers extra reassurance and peace of mind. The LIA laboratories work to build relationships with the supply chain from manufacturers and specifiers, to wholesalers and end users, meeting the needs of the lighting industry effectively.

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What is the IET’s 4th Edition PAT Code of Practice about? Voltimum explains...

  • Oct 09, 2013

The UK Coalition Government believes that good health and safety is important, but that the burden of excessive health and safety rules and regulations on business has become too great. It claims that a damaging compensation culture has been stifling innovation and growth. It is this view that led to Professor Löfstedt’s report1 and the HSE view that promotes a proportionate risk-based approach when assessing the safety of electrical equipment and appliances, which is the reason behind the publication of the IET’s 4th Edition Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

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The final countdown is on for the CE-marking of cables

  • Apr 27, 2013

Most building fires are caused directly or indirectly by human error, but a significant number are caused by electrical equipment or installation failure, so cable fire properties are very important. The EU product standard for cables, EN 50575, will be published very soon. This means that all cable manufacturers intending to sell cables for use in permanent installations in European buildings will need to obtain CE-marking.

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Draka clarifies the confusion surrounding new code of practice

  • Jan 07, 2013

The publishing in February 2010 of the new BS 8519:2010 Code of Practice led to a number of misleading claims being made for some cables, according to Draka, with the confusion appearing to have arisen from a misinterpretation of the different test methods required for power and control cables.

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BASEC cross references cable standard revision CMA codes and provides transition procedures

  • Sep 16, 2012

European Harmonised cables are going to be removed from British Standards (BS 6004, BS 7211, BS 6500 and BS 7919), these will now be in the BS EN 50525 series. Also, certain requirements have been changed, as Graham R O’Geran, Operations Manager at BASEC.

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