April 2019 Vol. 74 No. 4


PPI Introduces New HDPE Conduit, Duct-Handling Guide

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) Inc., a major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, published an important user document for handling high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit.

TN-58: HDPE Conduit & Duct Handling Guide provides information about the safe handling of reels and coils of HDPE conduit and duct. Certain installation considerations are also addressed from the perspective of worker safety.

HDPE conduit, also known as PE conduit, is the preferred material to house and protect electrical power and communications cables in typical applications such as power utilities, telecommunications, CATV, SCADA, FTTH, ITS, highway lighting, and other underground utilities.

“PE conduit has been used safely in thousands of applications,” said Lance MacNevin, P. Eng., director of engineering for PPI’s Power & Communications Division (PCD). “Still, there are precautions that should be adhered to when handling and transporting any product, and PE conduit is no exception.”

Prepared with input from PPI members who are industry experts, TN-58 covers a range of potential safety issues, including:

  • Unloading PE Conduit in Free-Standing Reels
  • Releasing the Outside Wrap of Reels or Coils and Cutting the Strapping
  • Avoiding Entanglement of Conduit on Reels or Coils
  • Straightening Coiled PE Conduit
  • Safety when Cutting PE Conduit to Length

The Guide (TN-58) is available free and can be found on PPI’s website via its homepage, under the “Publications” menu option, where a Technical Documents Index is provided.


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