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Is your cable up to the mark?

Draka is spearheading a campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers of installing electrical cables that fail to comply with the required regulatory standards. It is focusing attention on the absence of cable marking, without which there is no means of establishing the cable’s authenticity.Under the banner ‘If it’s not marked, it’s not worth it’, the campaign is aimed primarily at installers but, Draka believes, that this is a problem that should also concern wholesalers and distributors.

Is your cable up to the mark?

Depending upon the particular application there is a legal obligation to include certain information; the more demanding the specification, the more information is required to be shown on the cable. Draka has published a free pocket guide and has an explanatory video presentation on its website. Both are available at The company is also inviting anyone who finds unmarked or misleadingly marked cable being installed to send it a sample to support its aims to achieve best practice throughout the industry and eradicate this dangerous practice.Among the markings that should be clearly visible on every cable are the manufacturer’s name and the British Standard number to which the cable claims to conform. Providing the cable has been tested by one, the name of the independent third-party approval organisation should also be included. Merely stamping a BS number on a cable is not evidence that it actually complies. Without third-party approval there is no guarantee that any of the claims made for the cable are true.

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