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About Richard Ayre

I am Richard Ayre; editor for this site, owner of the site and the business, and a PAT testing engineer with over 10 years experience. I consider myself an expert in testing IT equipment in office environments; I have worked in many different industries for hundreds of different clients testing all kinds of electrical equipment. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association As well as being the business owner I am also an employer; based in Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also involved in the running of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association as Operations Director and joint founder. "PATTA" attends important meetings and provides representation for the smaller businesses that do PAT testing in the UK, when decisions are being made that affect them.

December 2019

Why paying for PAT testing per item can be bad for you

By |2020-01-06T15:59:21+00:00December 18th, 2019|PAT|

PAT testing per item can encourage quantity over quality In workplaces in the UK electrical fires account for around 33% of all accidental fires - that is a huge amount, especially when you consider most if not all could be prevented by some basic prevention measures. These fires are often due to electrical faults or misuse of electrical [...]

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8 important Christmas lights safety tips

By |2019-12-16T21:31:03+00:00December 16th, 2019|PAT|

Here are 8 Christmas Lights Safety Tips When putting up your Christmas tree lights this year, or taking the tree down in the new year, make sure you follow these 8 Christmas lights safety tips: Always switch off your lights at the socket before changing a faulty bulb Always inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage before switching [...]

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November 2019

Subcontract PAT Testing work to us

By |2019-11-26T17:12:50+00:00November 26th, 2019|PAT|

If you need help fulfilling your PAT testing contracts here in the North East we may be able to help you.  We have a team of engineers, so have the capability to help you cover your workload.  We can charge per item or per hour, whichever is best. We can use our labels or yours, and we use [...]

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Why choose us for your PAT testing?

By |2020-01-09T20:18:39+00:00November 17th, 2019|DRA News / Info|

Why choose us for your PAT Testing? I am Richard Ayre; I have traded as DRA PAT Testing since 2009; I established and have grown the business gradually over the past 10 years and I am very proud of my achievements. I am employ Kyle to help me and use some checked sub-contractors during busy periods, [...]

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October 2019

Do you worry about important plugs being switched off by accident?

By |2019-12-07T00:09:51+00:00October 30th, 2019|PAT|

Everywhere we go there is at least one plug with a post it note taped to it with the big letters "DO NOT SWITCH OFF".  Someone somewhere is terrified that the all important plug will be taken out and replaced by a hair drier or heater!  But you need worry no more, for we have the solution!  Not [...]

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Benefits of using our service

By |2019-12-07T00:09:16+00:00October 23rd, 2019|PAT|

When it comes to searching for a suitable PAT testing company they're ten a penny. Most likely offer a similar service; they all do pretty much the same thing.  Each PAT company sends an engineer to your workplace to test all your portable appliances, put some labels on and then later sends you a report.  So what makes [...]

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September 2019

DIY WordPress Websites and Search Engine Optimisation

By |2019-09-29T23:25:52+00:00September 29th, 2019|Business Tips|

Since setting up as a self employed person in 2009 I have learnt a great deal of new things, and I like to think I have developed skills that others can learn from. I have spent some time with a few people who have wanted to learn how to develop their own websites and to optimise them, and [...]

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12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

By |2020-01-09T20:18:57+00:00September 19th, 2019|Handy Hints and Tips|

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 [...]

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

By |2020-01-09T20:26:17+00:00September 18th, 2019|Health and Safety|

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 [...]

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One of the biggest electrical problems in the workplace is….

By |2020-01-09T20:33:26+00:00September 18th, 2019|Health and Safety|

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 [...]

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