Richard

About Richard Ayre

I am Richard; a PAT engineer with over 10 years experience, MD of DRA PAT Testing Limited and Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

July 2019

How often should pat testing be done in an office?

By |2020-04-01T07:19:32+00:00July 24th, 2019|Safety in offices|

How often should pat testing be done in an office? How often should pat testing be done in an office?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 [...]

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You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

By |2020-03-17T12:45:04+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|

Does new equipment need PAT Testing?   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 [...]

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May 2019

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

By |2020-01-20T20:05:11+00:00May 19th, 2019|Safety tips|

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 [...]

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We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

By |2020-01-09T20:33:47+00:00May 16th, 2019|DRA News / Info|

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, [...]

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April 2019

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

By |2020-01-20T20:05:45+00:00April 23rd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|

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, [...]

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March 2019

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. 

By |2020-02-03T13:53:52+00:00March 31st, 2019|Landlords|

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 [...]

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February 2019

FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

By |2020-01-20T20:06:37+00:00February 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|

Realistically speaking a PAT certificate expires as soon as the test is over and someone starts using the appliance again, because the results obtained can't predict the future, but in reality most people consider a PAT testing certificate to last around one year. However, how long the time period should be until the appliances are tested again very much [...]

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Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

By |2020-01-25T06:59:06+00:00February 2nd, 2019|Safety tips, Schools|

Please don't use these electric socket covers How many sockets in your school, nursery or home have those little flat white 'covers' stuck in them? Parents and teachers plug them in to electric sockets because they think they'll make the socket safer to children. However, in reality - they're actually really dangerous, pose a [...]

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January 2019

Registering and checking appliances is very important

By |2020-01-20T20:08:51+00:00January 31st, 2019|Safety notices|

Grenfell was a shocking incident (some info), and what it showed us was that electrical appliances do catch fire, they can cause major issues and they should be maintained better. It’s led to all kinds of campaigns and awareness raising such as the need for registering appliances and checking appliances against recall notices - how many appliances are [...]

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