DRA PAT Testing: Providing Electrical Equipment Testing in Newcastle upon Tyne and across the North East
Rated the No. 1 PAT Testing company in the North East
What our clients think of us
We are the most reviewed PAT Testing company in the North East (on Google); we aim to provide sensible help and advice at all times, and to help our clients maintain safe electrical equipment. Our clients rate us highly because we meet this standard every time.
How does electrical equipment testing benefit you?
✅ The law requires thorough inspection and testing to ensure electrical equipment is properly maintained – Portable Appliance Testing is inspection and testing for electrical equipment fitted with a plug.
✅ A PAT engineer will assess the suitability of an appliance for the environment it is being used in. When PAT is completed, you’ll be provided with a record of results and PAT Test Certificate – a record of maintenance, which is a requirement of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
✅ Electrical equipment testing records can be used to demonstrate compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 as they confirm that your electrical systems are being maintained to prevent danger.
✅ Regular PATs check that workplace electrical equipment, devices and systems are maintained in good working order and repair, to comply with The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
✅ Regular inspections and testing (PAT) of electrical equipment in residential property help you comply with The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales)
✅ Carrying out PAT tests on appliances supplied as part of a rental agreement, before the start of every tenancy help a landlord to comply with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s guidance.
✅ An electrical equipment test will check that an appliance is safe, and carries a genuine ‘CE’ mark when first supplied, hired, sold second hand, or as part of accommodation lettings to help you comply with The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
✅ If the plug of an appliance does not meet the Plugs and sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 we will change it for one that does.
Electrical Equipment Testing checks an appliance is safe. PAT Results (records or log) can be used as a suitable management tool, for auditing and insurance purposes to keep a record of what equipment you have; but also, to check on the use of unauthorised equipment brought into work by employees, such as heaters, hair straighteners and personal phone chargers.
To save confusion – Portable Appliance testing, PAT testing and PATs are all the same thing. They refer to testing electrical equipment fitted with a plug. Electrical equipment testing refers to all types of electrical equipment, including appliances with plugs and those without. We, as a PAT testing company can test appliances with plugs or intended to have a plug (e.g. integrated appliances) including industrial equipment; other appliances hard wired to the mains may need testing by us or another electrician but we can advise you of the best course of action if you are affected.
We provide you with “Sensible help and advice about maintaining safe electrical equipment”
DRA PAT testing is a company founded on providing an honest, sensible and professional service that our clients can rely on; it has always been our aim to be the most recommended electrical appliance testing company in the North East; we retain 98.4% of our clients and over 50% of our new business is from customer referrals.
We have been trading for over 10 years and have built up a good reputation as a electrical testing company you can trust. We work with clients from all industries including home-workers, landlords, high street shops, hair and beauty salons, doctors surgeries and dentists, schools, hotels and office based businesses to name but a few. Whatever you do, wherever you are we can help.
It is our job to give you peace of mind that your equipment is safe; we do this by thoroughly inspecting every appliance, carrying out remedial repairs automatically, testing appliances that need it and working with you to ensure you always remain compliant with UK regulations.
Your local PAT Testing company in the North East
Welcome to DRA PAT Testing; that’s me above, Richard Ayre – I own the business, and run it with my trusted team of experienced PAT test engineers; We are based in Wallsend, just outside Newcastle upon Tyne, and we come to you wherever you are in the North East of England.
Electrical Equipment Testing is a process that is carried out to make sure electrical equipment is safe to continue using. We all know how appliances can get moved about or damaged so it is important they are regularly checked to make sure they are safe. This is especially important today when there is a lot of people who will happily sue you for negligence if they get a shock of your appliances.
Furthermore your insurance company will want to know if your PAT testing is up to date in the event of a claim for a fire, for example. There have been numerous cases in the past 10-20 years of insurance companies not paying out because the PAT testing wasn’t up to date.
Regular electrical testing keeps your insurance company content and helps you comply with the law.
We are a local PAT testing company, so if you need some guidance before booking an appointment we will happily come out to meet you to discuss your requirements.
✅ Same day PAT Test Certificates
✅ Free remedial repairs and replacement parts
✅ Appointments available 24 / 7 at no extra cost
✅ All of the North East covered
✅ Ensures compliance with Health & Safety
✅ Ensures your insurance policy is valid
✅ Prompt reminders for retests
✅ Testing from just £1 per item
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PAT testing’s most frequently asked questions..
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
PAT; Portable Appliance Testing is a routine inspection carried out by a competent person on electrical appliances to make sure they are safe to continue using, and or to carry out necessary maintenance to ensure this remains the case.
The process involves checking the electrical plug, flexible cable and the appliance itself. Some appliances are further tested to ensure internal safety measures are functioning correctly.
Is PAT testing a legal requirement?
Health and Safety in the UK requires all electrical equipment provided for use at work be maintained so as to prevent danger.
To manage this companies are recommended to carry out regular inspections and tests that will flag up any dangers, need for repair or confirm that the appliance is safe – this is called PAT testing. Insurance companies also require you to maintain safe equipment to validate your premiums.
How long does a PAT test last?
A PAT test should be carried out as often as the risk requires it, based on appliance type and use. A electrical equipment test (PAT) confirms an appliance is safe at the time it is tested; once it is used again damage could occur and so the results are no longer valid. If there is a high likelihood of this happening (such as tools on a building site) the appliance should be inspected / tested more often, than an appliance where the likelihood of damage occurring is much lower, like IT equipment on a desk in an office.
Our PAT testing service is local to you – we cover all the North East
We cover all of the North East of England; we can’t list everywhere so if your town is not here contact us anyway, we will come to you.
Tyne and Wear – Newcastle upon Tyne, Gosforth, Newburn, Gateshead, Blaydon, Whickham, Wallsend, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Jarrow, Hebburn, Boldon, South Shields, Sunderland, Chester le Street, Washington, Houghton le Spring, Hetton le Hole, Easington