Providers of a specialist PAT Testing Service

 

Fire protection and safety from dangerous or badly used electrical equipment is an important part of any health and safety procedure to protect the people living and working in the facility, and users of the facilities, as well as to the property itself, from the threat of fire damage.

Maintaining safe electrical systems (including the installation and appliances) is not just expected but is a legal requirement, whilst it is crucial that you carry out regular inspections and tests (EICR and PAT) to comply with Health and Safety regulations and insurance.

We’re able to test all types of electrical appliances, even when the plug is not accessible or has been removed through Point to Point testing, we specialise in testing IT equipment, test microwave ovens and can also test non standard equipment such as 110 and 415volt adaptors.

We stock an extensive range of plugs, fuses and cable to ensure we can carry out repairs when required.

Whatever your portable appliance testing requirements, whether you need advice, recommendations, periodic or one off testing the experts at DRA PAT Testing can help.

Portable Appliance Testing – About what we do

 

DRA PAT Testing Limited specialise in helping customers maintain safe standards in their electrical equipment; electrical appliances that are portable (can be disconnected from the mains without needing an electrician) must maintain a satisfactory level of safety throughout their life – portable appliance testing is the best way to do this.

Every appliance fitted with a plug will be “PAT” tested to make sure it is safe to use; this is important not only for health and safety but for insurance too… 

The Method

The Visual Inspection The “PAT” Test
The visual inspection is the most important part of the process; the test should not be started until the visual is complete. All appliances must undergo a degree of visual inspection, the more experienced and knowledgable the engineer the better the inspection (usually). 

The inspection involves checking the plug inside and out, flexible cable and the appliance for damage and loose fittings (as well as correct use) – any repairs should be carried out if possible and defective plugs and fuses replaced.  

Assuming the appliance passes the visual inspeciton a process of testing begins including where necessary: 

  • Earth continuity test
  • Insulation Test
  • Polarity Test
  • Functional check

*Not all appliances require tests to be carried out

 

We find clients get PAT Testing done for various reasons including:

  • Insurance – insurance providers often require proof that appliances were maintained to safe standards for claims, and having valid certificates has been known to reduce premiums
  • Health and Safety – Health and Safety regulations require appliances to maintain safe standards – PAT is recognised as the easiest and often cheapest method for confirming appliances are safe. 
  • Cost – Regular appliance inspections are cheaper than employing in-house maintenance  

 

 

 

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  • We do risk based testing so unnecessary tests aren’t done
  • We only do microwave emissions tests on commercial-use ovens
  • We carry out repairs to BS1363 plugs and fuses free including supplying replacements
  • We can help to maintain the appliances

Portable Appliance Testing Guidance

 

It’s our intention to make the whole process of getting your electrical equipment inspected and tested, as easy as possible. We can work in most scenarios and will do our best to help you achieve your goals.

 

  • We are available for weekends, even overnight
  • We aim to keep disruption for you to a minimum
  • PAT testing doesn’t need to be done every year in most cases

 

Whether you want to manage the process, just want us as a one off, want us to work with your in-house team, or you need us to manage the entire programme for you – whatever your needs we aim to help.

We label every appliance we test with a new label with a unique identification number, each following sequence so they can be easily searched for in our database. Even failed appliance are recorded. The ID number relates directly to the report we provide which shows the appliance description, it’s location and the tests conducted.

If you want further information on the service we provide and what we do for our clients, have a look around the website or contact us.

 

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What is Portable Appliance Testing?

 

Portable appliance testing, or PAT, is a process for checking electrical equipment is safe, through a series of visual inspections and tests using appropriate testing equipment.

Why do we need to have appliances tested?

 

You don’t need to have appliances tested, but you should do something to ensure your appliances are safe – the easiest, most recognised, and generally cheapest option is to have a PAT Test carried out on them.

A PAT test is a good way for landlords to ensure appliances they provide as part of a tenancy agreement are safe; that they are meeting their legal obligations to maintain high standards of electrical safety in their rented property.

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Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

No it’s not; PAT testing is the solution to a legal requirement – you are required, legally, to maintain electrical equipment to a safe standard – PAT testing is recognised as the best method to check equipment is safe

What is a “Portable” appliance?

 

For an appliance to be deemed portable it must have be able to be removed from the mains electricity supply by removing a plug from a socket; or intended to be used in such a way. Some appliances you wouldn’t normally deem portable because you can’t easily move them are still classed as portable appliances are require these checks.

What does Portable Appliance Testing involve?

 

A portable appliance test is carried out to check an appliance is safe, to make sure it is suitable for what it is being used for, and where. The competent person (PAT engineer) will carry out a formal visual inspection of the appliance, its plug and lead, then when necessary (all class I equipment, and some class II) inject test signals into the cable and appliance to check the internal integrity.

What if my equipment is faulty?

 

If we find an appliance to have a fault, if possible we will repair it free of charge; this includes carrying out standard repairs, changing fuses and plugs. 

Do I get a PAT Testing Certificate?

 

On completion of the inspection and testing you will receive a report that includes:

  • An inventory including each appliance, its description, location, test date and ID number
  • A list of all test results obtained for each appliance
  • A list of all appliances that failed, with further information
  • A PAT Testing Certificate
  • A pass or fail label on each appliance including the test date, and ID number
  • A report from the engineer where appropriate – based on the inspection their may be further action required.

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How often should we get PAT Testing done?

 

How often appliances need a PAT test is dependent on the risks associated with the equipment; guidelines state that the risk should be assessed by you or a competent person and you should advise the PAT company of when the next tests should take place.

However, we also understand that you may not have the technical knowledge to do this, or want to pay the high fees of a Health and Safety Consultant, so we will work with you to find the most appropriate PAT testing frequency for your needs.

Contact us or get a PAT Testing Quote

 

If you have any further questions check out our FAQs or contact us. If you’re ready to arrange to get your appliances checked complete the form to get a PAT Testing quote today.