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About Richard Ayre

I am Richard Ayre, PAT engineer and Owner/Director of DRA PAT Testing Limited, trading since 2009. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.

Why is PAT testing important?

One of the biggest problems in any workplace is the use of portable electrical equipment. Referred to as portable appliances, electrical equipment fitted with a plug presents a high risk of becoming damaged and thus dangerous.  Portable appliances include any electrical appliances that can be plugged in and include computers, kettles, toasters, heaters, hair driers, power tools, etc. Considered the main problem with portable appliances is that they have a flexible insulated electric cable, which is used to connect it to the plug and aid its movement, that can easily become damaged. Additionally not all cables are secured to the [...]

By |2019-09-19T19:41:02+00:00September 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Why is PAT testing important?

Don’t forget about electricity – it can be a silent killer

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 [...]

By |2019-09-18T14:39:17+00:00September 18th, 2019|PAT Blog|0 Comments

One of the biggest electrical problems in the workplace is

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 [...]

By |2019-09-18T14:32:57+00:00September 18th, 2019|PAT Blog|0 Comments

PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think

PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think. Many offices get their appliances tested every year but that may be too often. If you do a risk assessment you will find that most if not all appliances won't need doing that often.  Stationery appliances such as fridges, photocopiers, even computers and monitors hardly ever move so do you really need to get them tested every year? If users check them periodically and inspections are carried out intermittently it should be perfectly acceptable to increase the interval between tests to 2 or 3 years. [...]

By |2019-09-08T08:45:59+00:00July 24th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think

Does new equipment need PAT testing before use?

  Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before using? They shouldn't. New equipment should be safe when manufactured, and are tested before leaving the factory, so there should be no need for you to have to PAT test them before using them. Assuming the new equipment has been bought from a bonafide retailer from the European Economic area.  Be more aware if you buy new equipment from 'cheap' online sites, especially if the appliances are imported from non-European countries.  However, some company policies do require new equipment to be tested before being put into service, so really it depends [...]

By |2019-09-08T08:48:02+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Does new equipment need PAT testing before use?

We are seeking experienced PAT Testing Engineers

If you are currently qualified and operating as a self employed PAT Testing engineer looking for some extra work get in touch.  Send an email covering letter and CV to  info@draelectricals.co.uk    

By |2019-08-07T11:51:13+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Jobs|Comments Off on We are seeking experienced PAT Testing Engineers

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

Don't leave washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers running when you're out or asleep Don't leave portable heaters switched on and unattended Don't overload sockets with too many plugs Register your electrical products and check for recalls Always follow the manufacturers guidance when using appliances Don't buy fake electrical goods or cheap imports Don't use damaged electrical appliances

By |2019-06-19T15:25:56+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

We are looking to appoint a new PAT Testing engineer (trainee initially) It's over a year since we appointed the last one; originally on a 1-day per week contract he now works 5 days a week full time. We are looking to bring someone in initially for 3-days per week whilst training (for 3 months) then when qualified, rising to 5 days per week full time.  As a trainee you will be trained in all areas of PAT testing from basic electrics, to electrical safety, to fault finding, to health and safety, etc. You will be sent on a [...]

By |2019-07-21T18:47:52+00:00May 16th, 2019|Jobs|Comments Off on We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

Will I get into trouble if I don’t get PAT done?

Depending on how severe the situation is, the penalty for failure to meet legal obligations on electrical appliance safety can be as high as 2 year's imprisonment, as well as unlimited financial penalty. Of course, we are not judge or jury so these figures may have changed/may change.  Don't take the risk to save a little bit of money, at the end of the day you are obligated as an employer or business owner to provide a duty of care to your employees and the public    

By |2019-08-07T11:50:59+00:00April 23rd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Will I get into trouble if I don’t get PAT done?

Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns. 

Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns.  The error, involved 40 properties, housing hundreds of students, in riverside accommodation on Thistle Street.  Glasgow City Council found that portable appliance test (PAT) certificates were unavailable for the past 2 years.  “It was however noted that historical PAT certification was unavailable. The applicant has been reminded of the need to fully comply with the conditions attached to their licenses and has provided a commitment to ensure this is done in future.” In rented properties [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:45:27+00:00March 31st, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns.