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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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Electrical Safety First welcomes product recall system review

  • Feb 02, 2015

Roughly one in seven homes contains a faulty household appliance that could cause a fire or electrical shock, and over the past four years, manufacturers have tried to recall around four million defective devices and electrical goods. Yet as many as 90% remain in UK homes because companies failed to alert families or customers ignored their warnings, according to Electrical Safety First, which has welcomed a review of the product recall system.

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BASEC’s cable testing lab awarded international quality standard by UKAS

  • Feb 01, 2015

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited BASEC with ISO/IEC 17025, an international standard that specifies the competence and quality management system requirements for laboratories that provide testing and calibration services.

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Electrical Safety First comments on the Consumer Rights Bill and proposed Recall Review

  • Feb 01, 2015

Commenting on the Consumer Rights Bill – which has just concluded its Report Stage in the House of Lords – Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First.

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New Wiring Regulations Explained

  • Jan 22, 2015

Watch and Learn – New Wiring Regulations Explained Find out about the NEW Regulations for Consumer Units in Domestic Household Premises

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BASEC builds up its international cable testing business

  • Jan 11, 2015

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC), an international leader in product certification services for electrical, data and signal cables and ancillary products, will now provide LV and MV cable testing to all International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) cable standards.

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Faulty cable leaves Woolworths in Australia with a big financial headache

  • Jan 11, 2015

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is reporting that Woolworths may face a clean-up bill of between £16 to £32 million for its role in the sale of faulty electrical cable to around 40,000 households and businesses. This major problem has occurred in Australia, but the risk is that it can happen in the UK.

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Electricians are the UK's most trustworthy tradesmen, a new study finds

  • Jan 09, 2015

New research, encompassing 2,000 Britons, has found that of all tradespeople in the UK, electricians are the most trusted by the general public.

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Part P compliance report finds safety enforcement inadequate

  • Dec 12, 2014

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has welcomed the Electrical Safety Roundtable’s (ESR) investigation into Part P compliance and believes that inadequate funding is at the core of the poor electrical safety enforcement problem.

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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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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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