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Trustmark chair receives New Year Honour
Jan 07, 2015
It has been announced that Liz Male, chair of quality mark TrustMark, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year 2015 Honours List. This award is in recognition of her long term services to construction and consumer protection.
Amendment 3 BS 7671: 2008 – Electrium looks at consumer units for use in domestic (household) premises
Jan 03, 2015
Voltimum UK users should by now be aware of one specific new regulation - ref 421.1.201 in Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008 - that will require consumer units and similar switchgear assemblies for use in domestic (household) premises to have their enclosures manufactured from non combustible material or be enclosed in a cabinet manufactured from non combustible material.
Auditors warn that businesses are falling still further behind the cyber attackers
Nov 06, 2014
According to a new study, UK businesses - are still not taking the threat of cyber crime seriously enough, with the attackers often winning. Such businesses include electrical sector firms – both large and small.
Celebrating how to level the business playing field on World Standards Day
Oct 09, 2014
International Standards provide technological, economic and societal benefits by helping to harmonise the product, system and service technical specifications that make industry more efficient. Barriers to international trade are reduced or removed. Not only that, but conformity to International Standards also helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment. Celebrating these benefits on 14th of October will be World Standards Day.
IET technical article – Changes to The IET’s Code of Practise for the In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment
Oct 09, 2014
Richard Townsend looks at the latest edition (4th Edition) of the IET’s Code of Practise for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, which has the aim of helping to prevent unacceptable practise in PAT.
Blue Line Solar Pty Ltd—Avanco DC solar isolator switches Recall
Sep 27, 2014
There is a product recall on Blue Line Solar Pty Ltd—Avanco DC solar isolator switches. High temperature can occur at the internal switch plate, causing the contacts to spread and the polymer support plate to degrade.
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.
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.
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.
Does It Comply? is an industry initiative lead by BEAMA, GAMBICA, LIA, ACI, and ESCO, and supported by Voltimum. The mission is to educate and inform contractors, installers, and specifiers to the damaging consequences to the industry from the trade in non-compliant product, whilst raising the profile to the wider stakeholders of issues with non-compliant products.