DRA PAT Testing Ltd – PAT testing of electrical equipment in Newcastle & North East2024-05-02T12:07:57+00:00

The North East’s PAT Testing experts; where your safety and compliance matter

We provide electrical equipment safety testing (PAT) in Newcastle and across the North East.

DRA PAT Testing offer high standards at a sensible price, honest guidance and compliant PAT Testing Certificate Reports. We are accredited through CHAS, PATTA and DBS checked.

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PAT Testing in Newcastle Upon Tyne and across the North East

Regular Electrical Safety Inspections are essential to ensure your electrical systems are safe and meet the latest compliance to protect your property and people.

We are the North East’s premier PAT Testers; a leading In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) company, with over 15 years experience, and have completed over 1.3 Million appliance checks.

With our office in North Shields, we work with businesses, schools and other organisations throughout Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Co. Durham and across the UK.

As well as specialising in PAT testing, we can also help you maintain your fixed electrical installation through EICRs, Fixed Appliance Testing and Emergency Lighting Inspections.

Richard Ayre, Director of DRA PAT Testing

What our clients say about us…

Based on 338 reviews
This is the sixth year of using DRA PAT testing Ltd. As in previous years, all the administration is smooth and it is easy to sort out a site visit. The pricing has remained very competitive and the service is great value for money. We intend to keep using the company for our annual PAT testing.
Another year, another excellent service. Thanks to the team at DRA we have had another very smooth and painless PAT visit. From the initial reminder, in plenty of time to get everyone at our end booked in and ready to bring mobile equipment to the office, to the friendly, polite and competent Tester, Jane, I can’t fault the service. We have been happy to refer this company on to others as they are very professional and reliable. Thanks to one and all. See you next year.
Super service from DRA PAT Testing yesterday.Jane is brilliant, knowledgeable and professional.Excellent company. We highly recommend.
Based on 338 reviews
This is the sixth year of using DRA PAT testing Ltd. As in previous years, all the administration is smooth and it is easy to sort out a site visit. The pricing has remained very competitive and the service is great value for money. We intend to keep using the company for our annual PAT testing.
Response from the owner: Thanks Richard

Our Clients Include..

Durham Constabulary
Jackson Hogg Recruitment
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Arlos Cafe in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Meat stack
Smart Academies of Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne

DRA PAT Testing Ltd – A PAT Testing Company you can trust

A PAT Testing company you can trust, with fair prices and high standards, our all inclusive service is utilised by clients throughout the UK. Our clients have peace of mind from our work because they know when we say an appliance is safe, it really is.

  Free remedial repairs including rewires, replacement BS1363 plugs and fuses

  Guidance on how to improve safety through cable management and socket protection

  Comprehensive, compliant PAT Testing Certificate Reports including electrical readings

  Guidance on retest periods based on risk, compliance and insurance

We are currently one of the leading PAT testing companies in the North East with more 5-star reviews (over 500 across all platforms) than any other UK PAT Tester.

We have a team of experienced, qualified professional engineers all trained to operate to high standards, who work with assigned clients long term ensuring the best possible nurtured relationship which in turn leads to you having peace of mind that the engineer knows your business and how to maintain safety within it.

We believe in taking away your stress, by managing your electrical safety inspections for you, and reminding you when they are next due, so you can forget all about them. We can test all types of electrical equipment including industrial, 3-phase and fixed equipment as well as fixed wiring inspections.

Our Electrical Inspection and Testing Services

DRA PAT Testing are here to help you in all aspects of maintaining safe electrical systems, whether you need Portable appliances testing, hard wired equipment and the mains wiring inspecting.

Electrical Equipment Testing

PAT is carried out on appliances fitted with a plug, this includes all electrical equipment / appliances in use.

You are legally required to maintain all electrical equipment to ensure it is always safe to use; this should be done by a competent person and records should be kept.

Our comprehensive, all inclusive service provides you with everything you need to ensure compliance with HSE, insurance, regulatory bodies, etc.

Fixed Electrical Inspections

All types of electrical installation need regular inspections including mains wiring, emergency lighting and fire alarms, etc.

By working alongside the North East’s best accredited and trusted electrical and safety inspectors we can manage all areas of electrical safety for you.

Electrical inspections, periodic testing and proficient record keeping is required by law, health and safety, insurance, landlords, regulatory bodies, etc.

PAT Testing Frequently Asked Questions

What is PAT testing?2024-04-22T20:47:10+00:00

PAT Testing, aka Portable appliance testing is the term we use to describe a safety check carried out on electrical equipment to make sure they are safe to use. As part of this inspection we carry out a visual examination, done by a competent engineer, who will find most defects, and repair them. When we are satisfied the appliance is safe we will carry out appropriate electrical tests to check the internal wiring etc.

PAT testing should not be confused with electrical equipment testing; they are not the same. PAT or Portable Appliance Testing is only for electrical equipment fitted with a plug.

PAT testing is a formal visual inspection and electrical testing by a competent person at appropriate intervals, dependent upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used, to maintain safety standards.

What is Electrical Equipment Testing?2024-04-22T20:52:40+00:00

Electrical Equipment Testing is often confused as the new name for PAT testing; it’s shocking how many companies have got this wrong. Electrical equipment testing hasn’t replaced PAT Testing; it’s always been there.

When we talk about electrical equipment, we are referring to all types of electrical equipment, whether fitted with a plug or not, and electrical equipment testing is the overview term for all inspection types that are used to ‘test’ these items to make sure they are safe. This includes PAT or Portable Appliance Testing; used to check appliances with plugs are safe, and FAT or Fixed Appliance Testing – FAT is carried out on appliances that are hard wired into the main wiring installation of a building.

What is a Portable Appliance?2024-04-22T21:18:31+00:00

A portable appliance is an item that can be moved and unplugged from the mains power supply. A portable appliance includes computers, power tools, hair driers, kettles, washing machines, welding sets etc.

What does the PAT Testing Certificate include?2024-04-22T21:14:36+00:00

The PAT Testing Certificate Report we issue includes everything you need to support you should you ever find yourself under investigation.

Most providers do not supply you with electrical test results – without them, the report would not be accepted in a legal dispute.

Our reports clearly show the ID number (which matches the label), the appliance description, the location of it, the test engineers name, the tests carried out and results obtained.

Our reports further include all repairs carried out – hardly any of peers provide this, but it is essential to you as a maintenance log.

We have changed address, do we need a new PAT Certificate?2024-04-23T10:38:41+00:00

If you change address you will need to get a new PAT Testing Certificate, as your current one will be invalid with the incorrect address.

You will need to arrange for a new inspection to be carried out of your equipment, in case anything has been damaged in transit too.

How soon do we issue the PAT Testing Certificate?2024-04-22T21:10:21+00:00

We issue PAT testing Certificate Reports within 5 days of the job being done for existing clients; or within 2 days of the payment being received for new clients.

If you need the certificate the same day, this can be arranged.

How often do I need to get PAT testing done?2024-04-22T21:04:41+00:00

How often you need to get PAT testing done depends on numerous factors, including:

  • Your own risk assessment – a risk assessment will help you determine what needs to be done to maintain safe equipment
  • A fire prevention risk assessment – will assess what needs doing to prevent fires occurring
  • The use of the electrical equipment and who uses it
  • The working environment in which the electrical equipment is used
  • The type of equipment
  • What your insurance stipulates – insurance small print assumes you are meeting your Health and Safety obligations
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Regulations don’t state how often this needs done, or what needs doing; nor do the HSE – because they don’t want to risk being sued!

Most companies assume an annual PAT testing frequency because it is considered to be best practice.

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