Richard

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.

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

(this is not our article; it has been taken direct from the UK Government website) BSI Code of Practice will help businesses understand what to do if their product needs to be recalled. Published 7 March 2018 From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Product Safety and Standards, and Andrew Griffiths MP Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall The government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has teamed up with BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, to launch the first government-backed Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall in the UK. The [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:36:23+00:00January 6th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions - ask them in the comments section and we will respond.  Why do electrical appliances need PAT testing? Electrical appliances need PAT testing to maintain safety standards - an appliance that is not safe is dangerous; a dangerous appliance starts fires or gives the user an electric shock. A PAT test will find faults that make the appliance dangerous; the engineer is then able to take action to remove the danger. You need to get your electrical appliances PAT Tested to keep them safe. Is PAT Testing really [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:38:13+00:00July 26th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

Yes it does; you are responsible for electrical equipment used at work, whether you have supplied it or not.  What would happen if that appliance caught fire or caused an accident - would you be protected if you hadn't checked the appliance was safe?    Consider this: You take action to ensure your equipment is maintaining safety standards by getting regular PAT testing carried out; your insurance company is happy. Someone uses your premises (e.g. a DJ in a hotel) and their equipment has not been maintained; a fire starts and your premises are destroyed... are you insured? If you [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:40:22+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

If I had to give you the answer to this question, I would say "better safe than sorry, get it tested", but ultimately the final decision is yours.  Most people say that you don't need to get new equipment PAT tested but it is up to your company policy If you are confident that the new equipment you have is safe to use then go ahead and do so; It is generally accepted that new equipment is safe to use as it should have been tested by the manufacturer, but it is possible it got damaged in transit, or that it [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:48:17+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

If we fail an appliance we will advise you what to do; either repair it or dispose of it.  PAT Testing is as much about finding faulty appliances and fixing them as it is about confirming appliances are safe. If an appliance fails it may be repairable; if we can repair it we will do, but if not we'll recommend further action. Usually that is one of two options: Get it repaired by a specialist Dispose of it by appropriate means

By |2019-08-07T11:50:28+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

See a Counterfeit Plug Fuse Exploding

This video from You Tube, linked from the BS1363 website is an excellent example to show what happens when a UK plug fitted with a counterfeit BS1363 fuse is subject to a short circuit. Because the counterfeit fuse has no filling to suppress the arc it just explodes, as there's nothing else it can do, blowing the plug from its socket. This video was not produced by us and is being shown only as an example to help share the dangers of using counterfeit electrical products.   

By |2019-08-07T11:49:21+00:00April 22nd, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on See a Counterfeit Plug Fuse Exploding

Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

How often do you see a PAT tester testing your equipment without unplugging it? It is not possible to test a portable appliance without unplugging it A technician that doesn't unplug an appliance is simply looking at it, or doing even less - he sticks a sticker on and charges you for it. An internal fault won’t be found by looking at the outside of an appliance - the appliance needs testing to find internal faults, so it needs unplugging The appliance could be overheating which may not be seen or felt - it needs unplugging to find this fault [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:49:38+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

Register your appliances

Have you registered the appliances in your properties with the manufacturer? When you buy appliances these days there is a warranty card in the box, if you complete and send it off you'll be notified if there is ever a recall notice on the appliance. Appliances, especially kitchen appliances get recalled all the time for all kinds of reasons, but sometimes its because they pose a serious risk, such as they can catch fire! It's shocking how many people aren't aware of this until it is too late. As part of our PAT testing service we cross check bigger kitchen [...]

By |2019-01-27T15:16:38+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Register your appliances

How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

Electrical appliances get recalled all the time, for all kinds of reasons, often simple maintenance issues where if you get in touch with the manufacturer they'll send an engineer out to do the work, but sometimes it's because a fault has been found that makes the appliance highly dangerous, like it could overheat and catch fire. If there is a risk of your appliance catching fire surely you'd want to get that checked out pretty quick? Make sure you complete the warranty card I'm a big advocate for completing warranty cards when I buy new appliances and urge anyone to [...]

By |2019-02-02T18:19:01+00:00April 3rd, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

Do you get your sockets tested during the PAT Test?

There are some PAT companies out there who charge a fee to 'test' your sockets whilst they do the PAT test, whilst most companies will just tell you if there is a problem, out of common courtesy. Whilst we're unplugging appliances we look at the sockets - if a socket is broken, has a missing switch or screw we will tell you - if there is a fault we will report it to you, and we won't charge you. Your electrician will test the sockets circuits when they do the main wiring tests; if the sockets are safe then they [...]

By |2019-02-02T18:20:10+00:00March 5th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Do you get your sockets tested during the PAT Test?