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ACI and ECA launch code of practice

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has joined forces with the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) to launch a guide for contractors to help avoid pitfalls when ordering cable.

Pocket guide Code of Practice from the Approved Cables Initiative

The guide, which is available from the ECA and downloadable from the ACI website, aims to help contractors by way of a ten point reminder of the key requirements when placing an order for electrical cables.

The Code of Practice prompts the contractor to include the following information when completing a purchase order:
· Type of cable
· BS or other standard number
· Cable reference number or code
· No of cores and nominal cross section
· Quantity and lengths of cable required
· Manufacturer’s details
· Traceability details
· Third party approval
· Technical options
· Delivery details

Peter Smeeth of the Approved Cables Initiative said: “By developing this guide we aim to make better cable ordering practice a habit rather than an occasional activity. If contractors follow this process they will stand a greater chance of receiving a cable product that meets the required specification and relevant standard and won’t let them down.

“Responsibility remains with the contractor right the way through from order to installation and we also advocate contractors should cross check cable delivered against purchase orders. They should also commission regular tests and cable inspections to check a cable before it is installed. This needs to be rigorously carried out.”

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