DRA PAT Testing Ltd – PAT testing of electrical equipment in Newcastle & North East2024-07-15T16:19:07+00:00

We provide specialist PAT Testing in Newcastle & the North East

Regular electrical equipment testing prevents (or reduce the chances of) electrical accidents and fire whilst helping you comply with your workplace legal requirements.

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 throughout 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, more 5-star reviews than any other UK PAT Testing company, and over 1.4 Million appliances checked.

With our office in North Shields, and engineers in Sunderland, Seaham, Cramlington and Newcastle, we are perfectly located to work with businesses, schools and other organisations throughout Tyne and Wear and the wider North East region.

As well as specialising in electrical equipment safety testing (aka PAT testing), we can also help you with other areas of electrical safety through fixed wiring inspections (EICRs) and Fixed Appliance Testing.

Richard Ayre, Director of DRA PAT Testing

What our clients say about us…

Based on 344 reviews
Just had Kyle doing all our pat testingCan’t fault, fast and efficient
Excellent service would highly recommend and use again. thank you
Just had my annual pat testing inspection completed by DRA and as always I have received a reliable, efficient and friendly service visit. A great and reliable company that I can strongly recommend for your PAT testing needs.
Based on 344 reviews
Just had Kyle doing all our pat testingCan’t fault, fast and efficient

Our Clients Include..

Durham Constabulary
Jackson Hogg Recruitment
Nexus Logo - Tyne and Wear Travel System
Arlos Cafe in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The Beacon of Light, Sunderland
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 North East – Areas we cover

I bet you searched “PAT Testing near me“; it’s totally understandable that you want a company who really are local, we are that. There are many you will find that are not based in our region, even claiming to be. Our engineers operate from their home base, and the business runs from an office in North Shields Royal Quays – you’re more than welcome to come visit us.

Our engineers are based in Newcastle, Wallsend, North Shields, Cramlington, Seaham and Sunderland so we are near you, assuming you are in or near those areas. We can cover most of the North East region within a 30-45 minute drive. Most of our work is in the Tyne and Wear area, and bordering locations. We operate in Co. Durham a lot, mainly North and East Durham – there’s an excellent Durham PAT Testing company who we recommend for areas we don’t cover. We also cover most of Northumberland.

So when you need your electrical equipment testing, whether you have one item or thousands, want to come to us or us come to you (which is more normal) simply get in touch so we can arrange an appointment.

Regular PAT Testing Keeps Everyone Happy! 😊

  The Fire Brigade / local fire inspector 🔥

  The Health and Safety Inspector

  Your insurance provider

  The Local Authorities

  Accreditation providers such as ISO, CHAS, Constructionline, etc.

  Your workforce and other users

When you get electrical equipment PAT tested annually it shows everyone that you care, it shows that you take safety seriously, it helps to protect your business and your livelihood, and it helps you to comply with your legal obligations as a business owner/manager/duty holder.

Health and Safety at Work is there to protect everyone in a workplace, and the premises; under the umbrella of HASWA is a host of regulations including ones for electrical safety. HASWA is there to ensure all aspects of work, at work, are safe, including appliances provided by landlords in rental properties, computers in offices, tools in workshops, etc.

Regular PAT Testing (ideally annually) helps to ensure electrical equipment stays safe.

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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