Cable pathways regulatory landscape unravelled in bespoke Legrand guide

04 May 2021

A NEW guide that outlines the key updates relating to cable pathways has been published by wiring devices and cable management systems specialist Legrand UK and Ireland following updates to a number of key industry regulations.

The guidance document – entitled Creating Cable Pathways – follows in the wake of recent updates to the IET Wiring Regulations, as well as the release of the final report emanating from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

It has been launched to provide electrical installers with assistance and recommendations on how to specify cable containment systems in the best way possible, explaining how to create a cable pathway through a building while navigating the current standards landscape. The guide outlines the relevant information key stakeholders such as architects, designers, consultants and electrical contractors need to know.

Mark Williams, lead marketing manager for cable management at Legrand UK and Ireland, explained: “Legislative updates can often be a minefield for electrical professionals, while the consequences of not meeting guidelines can be significant. Our guidance document provides installers with everything they need to know on the updates in order to ensure that cable pathways are completed effectively and safely.”

The short guide provides an overview of fire safety in design, management and use as well as encompassing the Construction Products Regulation. It also explains the relevant changes to BS 7671:2018 IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition, which includes consideration of protection against thermal effects, locations with risk of fire due to the nature of processed or stored materials, the selection and erection of wiring systems and the installation of wiring systems to minimise the spread of fire.

Williams added: “The overriding need for safety excellence when it comes wiring systems has been heightened in recent years. Such systems must be adequately supported against premature collapse in the event of a fire. As the built environment continues to evolve, notably so in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, installers must ensure they have absolute knowledge of the changes to fully equip themselves and their projects against hazards.”

In addition to the guidance document, Legrand has also launched a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar entitled ‘Creating a Cable Pathway Through a Building’ which brings relevant updates together to offer guidance on how to create effective cable management pathways. The CPD seminar, which can be delivered online, has been designed for those professionals – both experienced and new to the industry – who are perhaps looking to upgrade their skills and refresh their knowledge.

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