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SKL Electrical Cables Prohibition

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Purpose

This alert is to inform electrical workers and consumers of a prohibition notice issued to prevent sale and/or installation of some SKL brand thermo-plastic sheath (TPS) electrical cables marked 2013. These cables were imported and supplied by SKL Cables Australia Pty Ltd.

Background

An issue has been identified with the insulation and sheathing PVC compound of the electrical cable that may lead to a reduction in the insulation integrity. This may result in electric shock or fire.

The prohibition affects SKL brand TPS twin and earth cable with marking ‘2013’, sold or distributed by SKL Cables Australia Pty Ltd, of sizes, 1mm2 to 16mm2 configurations which are PVC sheathed and PVC insulated.

Some SKL brand electrical cables have been prohibited in Queensland, meaning they are not to be sold or installed.

This applies to 'polymeric insulated electrical cable', which is PVC sheathed and PVC insulated, commonly known as TPS in the trade.

The following cables have been prohibited:

  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E001 1mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E105 1.5mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E205 2.5mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E004 4mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E006 6mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E010 10mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013
  • SKL brand model No. VVF2C1E016 16mm2 thermoplastic sheathed and insulated cable marked with the year 2013

This relates to electrical cable and not to computer/data cable or TV cable (coaxial cable) or speaker wire. It only relates to TPS cable with 2013 marking.

Why is the product prohibited?

The PVC material used as electrical insulation on the cable is not a suitable compound and does not comply with Australian safety standards.

While there is no immediate safety risk to householders, current testing shows that this cable is likely to deteriorate faster than standard cable. The cable may go brittle prematurely, particularly where exposed to high heat sources, and as such the cable may crack and present a risk of electric shock or fire.

Action required

Remove the product from sale, including display for sale. Cease installation of this cable immediately. It is an offence to supply or continue to install any cable subject to the prohibition order.

Who should I contact?

House occupiers who are concerned that this cabling may have been used in their homes should contact their builder or licensed electrician for an inspection.

A risk assessment will help determine the timeframe before the cable should be replaced, based around factors such as the ambient temperatures the cable is exposed to, the duration of any higher temperature exposure, the electrical loading on the cable and the location of the cable. As each installation is different the assessment would be unique for each installation.

House occupiers should always engage a licensed electrician and never undertake their own electrical work or inspections.

Unused cable

Unused SKL cable with 2013 marking must not be installed. The Electrical Safety Office is in discussions with SKL regarding actions the company needs to undertake to remove the electrical risk.

More information

The ESO is in discussion with SKL Australia Pty Ltd, the responsible supplier of the affected cable, to determine the amount of cable sold, and to whom and where it was sold, and the recall actions SKL Australia Pty Ltd will take in relation to the non-compliant cable.

Other SKL cable is currently being reviewed, however the 2015 marked TPS cable from SKL has passed the tests that have been applied to date.

  • Oct 13, 2015

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