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The Approved Cable Initiative (ACI)
Posted: 10th August 2013

The Approved Cable Initiative (ACI)

The first initiative of its kind in the electrical industry, the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is a representative body established to address the issue of unsafe, non-approved and counterfeit cable entering the UK marketplace. The ACI investigate and publicise the findings of cables found to be faulty, counterfeit or non-compliant with British, European or International Standards. According to the ACI 20% of the cable in the UK supply chain is unsafe, non approved or counterfeit, resulting in:

  • 27% of all electrical fires across England attributed to faultywires and cables (over 4000 a year)
  • 1200 non-fatal major accidents over the last 5 years
  • 15 deaths from faulty electric wires over the last 5 years

Recommendations

Installing unsafe or counterfeit cables is not only irresponsible and dangerous but can result in substantial costs to replace and could result in investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and criminal proceedings. To be sure you don't fall into the trap of using unsafe, non-approved and counterfeit cable follow these simple recommendations:

  • Never install unmarked cables - check markings on cable and NOT JUST on packaging
  • Ensure there is full traceability on cables and products specified and purchased - and keep records
  • Insist on independent third party accredited and approved product AS A MINIMUM
  • If you are unsure of any cable product - the ACI will check and test these free of charge
  • Always buy cables from a trusted and accredited source

For more information see the Afumex cable range and the Approved Cables Initiative website.

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