DRA PAT Testing provide Portable Appliance Testing in the North East

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PAT testing in Newcastle & across the North East

Richard Ayre, DRA PAT Testing
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0191 666 1009

Experienced local PAT Testing experts cover Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and the North East of England

We have been doing Portable Appliance Testing as a company for over 10 years; our engineers have over 20 years combined experience. We also provide other electrical testing services including fixed wiring inspections (EICR) and fixed appliance testing

This PAT testing company is owned by Richard Ayre, who is an experienced PAT tester with more than 10 years experience. Richard is also a founder of the national standards improver the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

We are your local PAT testing experts in the North East

DRA PAT Testing‘s engineers are experts in portable appliance testing and cover all of the North East of England including areas in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, Washington and Durham.

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we are your local PAT testing company and it is our primary aim to help business owners and office managers, etc. to improve the electrical safety in their workplaces and homes. We see regularly poor wiring of plugs and defective appliances being used so we know the importance and value of a good, regular portable appliance testing and or maintenance programme.  

We are a small team of PAT testing experts, with over 20 years’ combined experience and it is our aim that every client, whether they have one appliance or ten thousand, gets the same level of service – high. Electrical safety is very important – we are a big part of ensuring you are safe, so we don’t rush our work – we take our time, we thoroughly inspect every appliance, carrying out repairs, and test your appliances appropriately. 

Not all electrical appliances need testing; but they all require a thorough inspection – appliances that work off mains power pose a big risk to health and safety, so it is important that a competent person regularly checks they are safe to continue using. 

Based on what we see we recommend retest periods based on the risk of the appliance use and the environment it is being used in; for many people annual PAT testing checks are best, especially when their insurance requires it, but for some the risk could be lower (such as computers on desks in an office) so less frequent inspections take place, whereas for others eg on a building site, more regular checks are required.  

On completion of our work we provide you with a fully itemised report and PAT test Certificate

The benefits of working with a local PAT testing company:

  • We don’t charge large initial fees (e.g. some big companies charge for up to 50 items initially, we don’t)
  • We can visit you before quoting, or before booking an appointment to survey your site, and to discuss your needs
  • We can work closely with you, we get to know each other and build up trust as we learn more about each other
  • We’re a small team and usually the same engineer will come back to you every time
  • If something gets missed or you need something in a hurry, we can usually call in as we pass
  • We don’t have to test everything on this visit; and many, many more benefits

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We’re also Covid-safe, with measures in place to protect ourselves and you – we have appropriate risk assessments, and we work to government guidance. We even spray everything we touch with sanitiser.

We hold CSCS visitor cards, are DBS checked for working in Schools, have completed enhanced Police security checks, are members of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association and are accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).

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0191 666 1009
07897 240 878
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Why Choose DRA PAT Testing?

We believe in keeping it simple; we run our business professionally, and provide good customer service but we don’t over complicate. We do what needs doing, we ensure equipment is safe and that you are compliant, and we do it with minimal fuss. We find out customers appreciate that.

✅ 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 70p per item

Every PAT testing job includes as standard…

electrical plugs and fuses

Free Repairs & Parts

Plugs get damaged or the wrong fuse gets fitted; if we find a fault or repair that's needed we do it automatically, nearly always without charge
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Prompt PAT Test Certificates

We issue PAT testing Certificates within 5 days of the job completing; same day certificates can be arranged if you're really in a hurry
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Free Cable Tidying

Plugs and wires get messy in and around desks; some companies charge extra to sort them out - we do it automatically as we go to improve safety and efficiency

Get in touch to arrange your Portable Appliance Testing

0191 666 1009
07897240878
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PAT testing’s most frequently asked questions..

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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.

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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.

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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 PAT test 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.

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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.

NorthumberlandAlnwick,  Morpeth, Cramlington, Ponteland, Hexham, Corbridge, Ashington, Blyth,  Holy Island, Prudhoe, Rothbury

County DurhamDurham, Seaham, Peterlee, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Crook, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough

Amy Young
Amy Young
14:15 17 Nov 20
As always, an excellent and reliable service. Due to covid19 guidelines we only had certain times available but Richard... was more than accommodating and offered an alternative suggestion which meant we were able to get the whole school PAT tested, which we are so grateful for. Thank you!read more
Samuel Zahn
Samuel Zahn
00:42 06 Nov 20
Highly recommend DRA Pat testing! Excellent and reliable service from start to finish. Fantastic rates too. Will... definitely use them again for all our PAT testing.read more
Alastair Barclay
Alastair Barclay
22:20 27 Oct 20
Absolutely fantastic, professional service carried out for PAT testing. Communication was prompt and efficient from... start to finish. Would 100% recommend to others.read more
Kathryn Ramsay
Kathryn Ramsay
09:45 23 Oct 20
The team were great. Gave me good honest advice and a very competitive price for my PAT test. They were extremely... helpful and very friendly. Would recommend to anyone, couldn't thank them enough for being so helpful!read more
Derek Hunter
Derek Hunter
05:49 19 Oct 20
We contacted DRA to have some of our equipment tested for a job which was urgent. DRA couldn’t of helped anymore and... were there the same day to ensure we could carryout our project.Great service and will continue to use for all our PAT testing requirements.read more
Lara Langdon
Lara Langdon
07:57 24 Sep 20
Extremely professional and provided exceptional service. When asked a question on something they didn't cover, Richard... introduced us to someone who could, which was above and beyond what I expected. I would certainly recommend them.read more
Lyndsey Everett
Lyndsey Everett
21:02 21 Sep 20
Easy to arrange PAT testing service from DRA PAT testing. The team were very friendly and reliable and completed the... work with minimum disruption. We would highly recommend them to other businesses.read more
Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson
16:11 17 Sep 20
Proffessional, kept us updated all the way through, and we're very responsive, done the job when they said they would ,... thanks The Sun Studio and Swalwell barbers.read more
Beth Brown
Beth Brown
10:14 15 Sep 20
Excellent customer service, professional on site and great service.
Lucy Davidson
Lucy Davidson
15:12 10 Sep 20
Thank you so much DRA PAT Testing. The process to book testing, was very easy, and Richard could fit in the exact time... frame we had. The tester had spare parts and was very professional and efficient, I gave him a quick tour of the building, and the testing was done promptly. Great value, and respectful of covid guidelines. I would highly recommend and we will be using DRA Testing in a years time.read more
Vish Vedhara
Vish Vedhara
21:31 07 Aug 20
Used Richard at DRA last couple of years for PAT testing on HMO property. Very professional and reliable which is what... you need and even despite the challenges presented by Covid 19. Recommendread more
Charlotte
Charlotte
20:35 06 Feb 20
Great service, very quick and easy to book. Very understanding when I needed more things testing than originally... expected. Friendly and chatty staff. Will definatley be using them again.read more
Debs Hug
Debs Hug
11:21 23 Dec 19
Richard and team completed our PAT testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very... efficient - I highly recommend DRA Electricals.read more
Caroline Lamb
Caroline Lamb
08:11 12 Sep 19
We used DRA Pat testing for the first time recently, they were very competitively priced and very professional. I... would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone in the future and have already arranged next years PAT test to be done by them. Thanks very much for making this a quick and painless process. Oakenclough Buildings Ltd.read more
george fairweather
george fairweather
16:45 20 Aug 19
I have known Richard since he set up and developed our Seaham Harbour website some 8 years ago. He managed the website... for a number of years before he trained me and another member of our U3A to manage it ourselves. I’m pleased to say he still has overall control and we can always contact him if we encounter any problems. We haven’t had many problems but when we do Richard is very helpful and approachable, taking on the problem if we can’t solve it out ourselves.info@seahamharbourU3Aread more
Mal Graeme
Mal Graeme
20:19 07 May 19
We came across DRA last year having been recommended to use them for our office PAT testing. We obtained a number of... quotes and DRA were the most competitive. They duly completed the work. Found their service exemplary. We were duly contacted by Richard this year 4 weeks ahead of our renewal date to remind us that the PAT testing was due for renewal. We had no hesitation in asking his firm to complete the work. They have been out and we are compliant for another 12 months. They provide a great service and would highly recommend. They politely remind you when the testing is due for renewal so you are always protected.read more
Heaton Catering Equipment Ltd
Heaton Catering Equipment Ltd
10:20 01 Feb 17
Very competitive but more importantly brilliant service and advice. Would recommend this company for any PAT testing... requirementsread more
Cheryl Nyberg
Cheryl Nyberg
08:23 13 Jun 16
Efficient and knowledgeable with very reasonable pricing. Would recommend!
catherine round
catherine round
12:23 14 May 16
We have used DRA PAT Testing for a couple of years now. Richard provides a professional service with competitive rates.... We would have no hesitation in recommending their servicesread more
Duncan Baxter
Duncan Baxter
13:49 18 Nov 15
I used DRA PAT testing to test all of my professional audio equipment, I was attracted by the price and the excellent... reviews I had heard from many others in my field. He was highly competitive on price, he arrived and showed an amazing amount of customer service compared to others I had used previously, he was more than happy to offer free advice and went above and beyond what i have had before with other companies, such as explaining correct fuse ratings, proper earthing etc. I have already booked him for next year and will certainly be recommending him to all my friends and associates.read more
anne foster
anne foster
13:52 12 Dec 14
Thank you DRA PAT Testing for reliable, competitive and professional service. We've used DRA for our last 2 PAT tests.... We will be using them again in 2015. We have used many companies during our 15 years of trading & DRA are the only company we have used again. Richard is easy to talk to and reassuring, he comes into our salon and gets on with the PAT test with no disruption to us or our clients.We would recommend DRA to all businesses who require PAT testing. Thank you again, Newcastle Treatment Rooms, Heaton.read more
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