Abatement for Abandoned Cabling

Abatement for Abandoned Cabling

Unexpected Safety and Liability Hazards From Continuous Technology Advances

ConvergeOne's cable abatement and re-certification professionals can help your company protect its employees and customers from the unexpected safety and liability hazards that can result from continuous technology advances.

Each year, businesses across the country spend many millions in new communications and technology installations. With each new installation, more cables are encased in ceilings, floors, and closets. In far too many instances, the legacy cables from older technology systems or previous tenants are not removed or tagged as disconnected and unused.

All that abandoned cabling has come under increased scrutiny in recent years by fire protection professionals, property owners, and local government and building authorities across the country.

This is because outdated or abandoned cables can contain highly flammable and toxic material. Often they have been installed with jacketed materials that further increase the risk of harm to people and property in the event of fire. In fact, some of the insulation materials that were used have the BTU content of gasoline.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has revised the National Electrical Code to address this issue. Unused cables that are not identified for future use must be removed. Because many building facilities have several generations of cables snaking through floors and ceilings, the task of distinguishing between functioning and abandoned cable can be monumentally difficult.

Voice, data, audio, coaxial, and fiber-optic cabling are all subject to the change in electrical and fire-safety codes, and local authorities have stepped up their enforcement efforts. Insurers are becoming equally vigilant in their fire coverage.

In localities where the revised NEC code has already been adopted, violations can result in government sanctions. More important, such code violations can affect a building owner’s loan covenants, access to insurance, obligations to tenants, and liabilities to victims in the event of fire.