DRA PAT Testing provide Portable Appliance Testing in the North East
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PAT testing in Newcastle & across the North East
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
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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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
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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 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.
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