About Richard Ayre

Richard Ayre is a PAT engineer with over 10 years experience and the owner Director of DRA PAT Testing Limited based in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. Richard is also the Operations Director for the UK's Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.

We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

By |2020-04-26T18:57:47+00:00May 16th, 2019|DRA News / Info|

Trainee PAT Engineer We are not currently recruiting for any PAT testing roles 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 [...]

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

By |2020-05-10T07:26:30+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, [...]

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 |2020-05-10T07:24:48+00:00March 31st, 2019|Landlords|

Electrical safety tests were not carried out  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 [...]

How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

By |2020-05-06T09:42:18+00:00February 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|

How long does a PAT test last? A PAT test is like an MOT - it's only as good as the day it is done. You should never ask how long does a PAT test last, only, did the appliances pass the required tests. The test is carried out on an electrical appliance to confirm it is [...]

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

By |2020-04-27T18:11:55+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 [...]

Registering and checking appliances is very important

By |2020-04-26T19:05:29+00:00January 31st, 2019|Safety notices|

Checking if an appliance has been recalled 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 [...]

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

By |2020-05-10T07:26:23+00:00January 6th, 2019|DRA News / Info|

BSI Code of Practice for product 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 [...]

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

By |2020-04-26T19:13:19+00:00July 26th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

PAT Testing Questions... answered All those burning PAT testing questions have been answered here, if you don't find your question here try our PAT testing FAQs page or contact us, we'd be happy to talk about it.  We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions - ask them in [...]

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

By |2020-04-26T19:15:03+00:00July 25th, 2018|Safety in offices|

Personal Equipment Personal equipment brought into work does need PAT testing, treat it like work equipment.  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 [...]

Do new electrical items need PAT testing?

By |2020-04-26T19:26:11+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

Do new electrical items need PAT testing? 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 [...]