Electrical Safety – the Shocking Truth!
We can assume that your workplace is powered by electricity; electricity is present in every workplace and every electrical appliance used in workplaces, all over the United Kingdom (and the world). Electricity is invisible, taken for granted and usually overlooked as a workplace hazard – mainly because we have all become so used to it being there; but also because the appliances we use protect us so well.
When your electrical appliances are working correctly, they are protecting you and you have nothing to worry about, but when they go wrong the risks are high. Electricity is a major workplace hazard – it can electrocute, burn, start fires and even cause explosions – electricity is a silent killer!
Assessing the risks from electricity is straight-forward, if you know what you’re doing. We assess the risks every day, when testing your appliances, and when determining suitable periods until they should next be tested. The hazards are well known, and obvious, the assessor has to consider who could be affected, and what situations could put someone in contact with faulty electrical equipment. Don’t forget – the effects of defective appliances can be lethal.
In order to prevent danger to users and your business, from defective electrical equipment, you should enlist the help of competent people, who can assess your electrical issues, implement an inspection and testing system, and help you maintain appliances to protect your users from danger.
About our PAT Testing Service
PAT testing reduces risk
One of the biggest electrical problems in the workplace is the use of portable appliances, such as computers, kettles, toasters, etc. but it is also a problem that is not going to go away. Modern technology is improving all the time so you’d think appliances are getting safer but with the huge surge of cheap (and fake) goods coming onto the market the risks are actually higher – appliances are no longer built to last.
One of the main problems with portable appliances is they each have a flexible insulated cable to connect it to the mains via a plug and socket, that means it can be moved easily. Therefore, it can also be damaged and tampered with easily. Additionally many cables are not permanently connected to an appliance, so can be used elsewhere or come under excessive strain – all increasing the risk of damage.
Because of these risks, portable appliances are responsible for a high proportion of electrical accidents in the workplace.
All our work includes
Free minor repairs – including changing fuses and plugs, or repairing the existing cable
High standards – appliances tested in accordance with IET Code of Practice guidelines
All appliance types tested including portable and integrated
Unique ID numbers – each item labelled with a new number that directly refers to the PAT report
PAT Report and Certificate issued promptly
Thermal Imagery – for checking servers that can’t be turned off
Notification of any failed appliances whilst on site, and what to do
Who is DRA PAT Testing?
I am Richard Ayre, in 2009 I started trading as DRA Electricals which in time became DRA PAT Testing Ltd. I started in Seaham, Co. Durham but am now based in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne where we’ve been since 2012. My PAT engineers and I can provide you with a competent preventative maintenance, portable appliance testing service in all kinds of environments. We work in doctors surgeries, offices, schools, building sites, shops – we will work everywhere and anywhere. We also can test fixed and integrated appliances that don’t have a plug or where it’s not accessible, and through our partner company; the fixed wiring system.
I also represent the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association for whom I am a Director.
If you need someone to help maintain your portable electrical appliance safety standards get in touch with me.
How we can help you comply with the regulations
Whether your business is ran from a work location, or from home, if you provide electrical appliances for use by staff or in another organisations’ locations then you need to make sure the appliances are safe; won’t cause a fire or give a user an electric shock.
We can help you with that, by PAT testing your appliances to check for any defects that have arisen, fix them if possible and provide you with the Certificates needed to confirm compliance with the regulations.
Additionally we are able to help with other electrical testing including the fixed wiring system (EICR), emergency lighting tests, thermal imagery for servers and commercial microwave oven tests. We are also able to perform risk assessments to put HSE approved PAT testing frequencies in place.
“DRA PAT (provide a) thoroughly professional service, great communication throughout. and a very pleasant engineer conducting the testing. Would use again for further PAT”.
Testimonial from North Tyneside Council
PAT testing Newcastle upon Tyne | Tyne and Wear | Co. Durham | Northumberland
We work for many clients
We work for over 500 clients based across the North East. Environments include local businesses, offices, doctors surgeries, shops and the public sector. It doesn’t matter whether you only have 1 item or thousands, we want to work for you.