Richard

About Richard Ayre

Richard Ayre has been a PAT engineer for over 10 years; having started DRA PAT Testing (aka DRA Electricals) in 2009. He is also Operations Director for the national members' group, the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.

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

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 DRA PAT testing specialise in appliance testing; contact us today for a PAT Testing quote

By |2019-10-01T20:41:14+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

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 |2019-10-01T20:37:26+00:00May 16th, 2019|Archived|Comments Off on We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

FAQ: 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 |2019-10-01T20:21:24+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQ: 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 |2019-10-01T20:41:23+00:00March 31st, 2019|Archived|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. 

FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

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 depends on a risk assessment. If you have electrical appliances in use at work you should carry out regular risk assessments to determine what is required to ensure they maintain safe standards; this could be annual PAT tests.  Usually a PAT [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:41:34+00:00February 19th, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

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

A British safety standard from 1947 that requires the top hole of the 3-hole socket to have a "shutter" on the inside means that the live and neutral holes can't be accessed until the shutters are opened. That happens when the earth pin of the plug is inserted into the top hole, thus opening the shutter. Only by inserting a plug, with a top pin, can the shutter be opened, which in turn activates the live part of the socket... making the socket safe - so there is no need to cover it; even little children’s fingers won’t open the [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:39:00+00:00February 2nd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

Registering and checking appliances is very important

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 still in rented properties that the landlord doesn’t know have recall notices on them? Potentially hundreds or thousands, and one day they may catch fire, and that may be your fridge in the flat you own with the tenant who trusted [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:53:21+00:00January 31st, 2019|Archived|Comments Off on Registering and checking appliances is very important

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 |2019-10-01T20:41:55+00:00January 6th, 2019|Archived|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 |2019-10-01T20:42:05+00:00July 26th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing