PAT Testing information – useful information regarding portable appliance testing

PAT Testing Labels

Passed PAT Testing label as used by DRA PAT Testing

DRA’s PAT testing labels

We use our own professional branded company labels; we have used labels in this format and colour scheme for many years.

Every label has its own unique ID number, which matches just one appliance in our database; the appliance it is attached to.

Each label is pre-printed with the month and year the test takes place; it doesn’t need the retest date on as that has not been a requirement since 2012. Showing the date the test took place is the most important, and the PAT Testing Certificate Report you get shows the a actual date in the month.

Our company logo and contact details are on there too.

Whilst the engineers name is not shown on the label to reduce wastage, it does reflect on the reports.

You’ll see our labels all over the North East, as we have tested appliances in literally hundreds of businesses; so if you need your North East PAT testing doing get in touch.

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What you need to know about PAT Testing

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What you need to know about PAT Testing

Pat Testing (also known as Portable Appliance Testing) is a way of checking your electrical equipment to see if it is SAFE.

PAT Testing is an important part of your organisation’s Health and Safety regime. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small business or a large multi-site corporation; if you use electrical equipment in your business, then you have a responsibility to make sure it is safe.

Additionally many insurance companies insist that PAT Testing be carried out every 12 months (or less) in order to satisfy the conditions of their policy, and local council inspectors (Fire Officers, Health and Safety Officers) routinely ask for evidence of PAT Testing when they carry out their inspections.

We employ competent skilled and experienced engineers to test your equipment. We can test efficiently, quickly and with the minimum of disruption to your business.

To comply with UK workplace regulations for electrical safety you must maintain safe electrical equipment at all times; how you do this is up to you but the only recognised process is called inspection and testing of electrical equipment, otherwise known as portable appliance, or PAT testing. 

This means that you need to get your electrical appliances PAT tested as often as is necessary to ensure your equipment maintains the safety standards. This is because the process of PAT testing confirms an appliance is safe or not; and includes remedial repairs by the test engineer to the plug to ensure the appliance is safe. In addition the results of all the tests have to be recorded, from which you will be provided with a document to confirm the status of each appliance, the test results and guidance on how to improve or continue to manage the safety standards. 

How often you need to get equipment tested is a big area for discussion and there is more information on our PAT testing frequency page, but all you need to do is book us to do your inspections, during which we will assess the risks and recommend retest periods for the equipment you have. This could mean all appliances are tested on a particular retest period, or different types of appliances are tested at different times. For example in an office your stationery desk top computers won’t need testing as often as your laptops that are taken home. 

We recommend at this point you contact us to discuss your situation, or to get a quote for us to do your testing. The rest of the information on this page is going into more detail; it is information which may or may not be of interest to you but it is not essential for booking an appointment. 

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Why PAT test?

Why PAT Test?

Electrical equipment that is purchased from a reputable supplier should be of a satisfactory safety standard, but it must be maintained to stay that way, so that it does not deteriorate so far that it puts users at risk. 

It is recognised that PAT Testing is the easiest and best way to check electrical equipment is safe, and the process that is followed to achieve this includes carrying out repairs to ensure the appliance is safe. 

Using a local PAT testing company to do this is a benefit to you as it means if you need urgent help anytime you can call on your engineer to come out, who knows you and your business and will be the best possible help. 

PAT Testing is one of the most effective methods to minimise the electrical risks of faulty appliances to users; and it allows duty holders to fulfil their Health and Safety obligations to the regulations including:

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, by taking measures to minimise electrical hazards by inspecting and testing electrical equipment
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which places the responsibility of health and safety of persons in the workplace on the employer – including the self-employed – and employee
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 which requires the employer to carry out sufficient risk assessment of his/her workplace to minimise the risk to staff and visitors, whilst ensuring the health and safety policy of the company is fully implemented

If you do not undertake regular electrical testing, such as PAT Testing, then you leave yourself or your business open to all kinds of issues, should an incident occur. For example, if it is proven that you didn’t undertake appropriate preventative maintenance which resulted in injury or death, this could lead to prosecution from the Health and Safety Executive; and your business insurance could be rendered null and void if it is proven that appropriate measures didn’t take place.

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Can I PAT test my own equipment?

Can I PAT test my own equipment? You can…

PAT Testing is a skill, something that requires training and experience to do well, and at the desired pace. Sometimes companies look at the possibility of training staff to do it in-house, and we totally understand why they consider this, but is it the best course of action? 

As an example, your handyman, admin assistant, lab technician, etc. goes on a course to learn the basics of PAT testing. You buy them a tester and some tools, they test your equipment. Let’s say you have an office with 20 computers, it’s going to take them a few days to test all that. Then when they come to do it again in a year or two, they have forgotten what to do. It’s cost you the best part of a thousand pounds so far, plus the lost work time for that staff member. 

If you used us to do your PAT tests in the first place, it may have cost you £200.00. The job would have been done in a day, and disruption for your business would have been minimal. 

What would have been better? 

You could get that person trained in-house so they can make sure user checks are being done, or that the PAT is being implemented correctly, but being honest, its far easier, and cheaper just to get a contractor in to do the job. 

Don’t waste your time and money PAT testing your own equipment – get us to do it for you. 

Can I PAT test my own equipment?

If you still want to PAT test your own equipment, get on a PAT testing expert training course, learn about the subject and give it a go.

Is PAT testing cheaper if we do it?

You’re not going to save money by taking your PAT testing in-house; set up costs alone will be around one thousand pounds, not to mention loss of work time for the person doing the task. Contracting us to do your PAT tests will be better for you. It’s going to save you time and money, and effort.

What our customers say

Great service from a excellent company, highly recommend them for all PAT testing. Jordan was very professional and friendly. It all went smoothly.Brilliant customer service.
Anthony Gibson
Anthony Gibson
18:58 14 Oct 21
Just to say how impressed I was with the pat testing. Jordan was not only efficient but a personable and respectful young man too. Thank you for arranging this for us.
Angela Pino
Angela Pino
12:44 11 Oct 21
Great communication, first class service. Very prompt. Extremely knowledgeable and professional. Will definitely use them again for our PAT testing next year.
Denise Greatrex
Denise Greatrex
08:13 09 Oct 21
We have used this company twice in the last month for PAT testing and they have been excellent both time. Prompt, efficient and excellent value for money. We will definitely use them for all future work.
Emma Pearson
Emma Pearson
10:52 05 Oct 21
Great job, quick response. Would recommend to others.
Katy Vanden
Katy Vanden
14:56 04 Oct 21
Good communication, reasonably priced. Friendly and helpful tester. Will definitely use again next year!
Anna Sherratt
Anna Sherratt
11:25 04 Oct 21
This is on behalf of elevate services - Amazing, very professional, Jordan - cant recall his surname was very polite and got on with the job and is a credit to the company - I'm sure we will be using these PAT testing services again in our office as we have been 2+ years running now. Couldn't fault a thing - recommend.
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
05:49 28 Sep 21
Great service provided from DRA for carrying out PAT Testing. Very helpful friendly company to deal with at a very good price
Tony Hipkin
Tony Hipkin
07:51 27 Sep 21
DRA PAT testing service was quick to book our charity in for PAT testing. Worker arrived on time and was very helpful getting all our items tested. Will be using in the future across our services.
Journey Enterprises
Journey Enterprises
09:28 23 Sep 21
Some 50 appliances and extensions PAT tested. Service scheduled promptly, Engineer spot on time, Engineer very friendly and very efficient . all round, an excellent service I am happy to recommend
Bob Telford
Bob Telford
15:17 22 Sep 21
The DRA team were an absolute delight! Professional, swift and very helpful! Thank you all
Lucy Gregson
Lucy Gregson
12:03 20 Sep 21
Excellent PAT service. Efficient, on-time and followed up promptly with reports. Recommended.
joe stewart
joe stewart
07:58 20 Sep 21
Professional, reliable and efficient PAT Testing service. Highly recommend.
Inga Davison
Inga Davison
09:13 16 Sep 21
We have used DRA for our PAT testing for many years and wouldn't go anywhere else. As a very busy NHS Dental practice, now with the added measures in place due to Covid restrictions, they worked around us with efficiency and professionalism.
Beverley Mitchelson
Beverley Mitchelson
11:24 13 Sep 21
PAT Testing
Lisa Marshall
Lisa Marshall
09:57 07 Sep 21
Asked Richard if he would be able to PAT a variety of equipment for work (110v &240v), came in when he said, was happy to answer questions, and carried out repairs as needed. Very PROFESSIONAL. Good rates.
Leighton Pearson
Leighton Pearson
08:54 07 Sep 21
These guys came out to PAT test some of our electrical catering hire equipment. On time, reasonably priced with excellent customer service. Highly recommended and no doubt I will be in touch with them again.
Richard Dos Santos
Richard Dos Santos
10:40 24 Aug 21
We always use these guys for our P.A.T testing, five star job. Friendly efficient and reliable.
Chris Williams
Chris Williams
14:03 10 Aug 21
Good friendly honest service, highly recommended.
darren haggerty
darren haggerty
13:51 02 Jul 21
Very speedy response, professional service and a fair price.
Guy Kirk
Guy Kirk
07:21 25 Jun 21
Richard was incredibly helpful and professional. Timely response to email requests and went above and beyond to fit in the PAT testing at our two sites.We would not hesitate to use him and DRA again.
Sarah Kilby
Sarah Kilby
08:40 17 Jun 21
DRA carried out PAT tests for all of our office appliances and equipment. Richard was very organised and efficient, and we received the certificates/report the same day.
Lizzy Chorley
Lizzy Chorley
15:06 16 Jun 21
Richard was fantastic with my last minute call to test equipment for an installation. The service was professional, the team is understanding, prompt and also a good laugh which is a bonus! Couldn't recommend enough.
Violeta Tsenova
Violeta Tsenova
19:42 31 May 21
Great company to work with. Will use again.
Donna Riseborough
Donna Riseborough
06:06 31 May 21
We always use DRA Electricals for our surgery. Another PAT testing complete. Very professional service. Highly recommend them.
Clare Phillips
Clare Phillips
09:30 27 May 21
Excellent service, hired for a full PAT test of the premises. Will absolutely Hire Richard again.
Be More Geek
Be More Geek
15:00 26 May 21
Very quick and professional, a great service and very helpful.
Jessica Hynes
Jessica Hynes
15:00 21 May 21
Richard carried out the pat testing for my Beauty Salon at very short notice which was greatly appreciated. He was very communicative, professional and efficient... I would highly recommend!
Sara Ball
Sara Ball
16:16 20 May 21
PAT Testing across 3 sites competed over2 days, minimum disruption, on time, good value. Fitted in with our schedule as a busy pub reopening during Covid recovery, took the pressure off.
Mark Hall
Mark Hall
06:04 19 May 21
I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful, professional service of DRA PAT Testing who recently checked over all of Seaham Sea Cadets equipment. We were over the moon with the conscientiousness and quality of service. Kyle and his colleague attending were superb, and extremely helpful, courteous and professional throughout - a glowing testament to a business to be both proud of and confident in. Thank you again, on behalf of all the Cadets, in helping us so much towards reopening and parading again; it is very much appreciated by all of us at the Unit. We look forward to booking DRA again next year and are very happy to recommend you to anyone.
Mark Walker
Mark Walker
19:19 13 May 21
Very professional service. Richard arrived on time and carried out the PAT tests very efficiently. Certificates received on the same day. I also liked how the pricing was clear on the website before I booked. Thank you!
Zoe Robertson
Zoe Robertson
19:22 10 May 21
Excellent service from the DRA team with special thanks to Rob. PAT testing completed at The People’s Kitchen with great efficiency. Will definitely use them again
keith armstrong
keith armstrong
21:17 06 May 21
PAT test- I was so impressed with the service. Rob went the extra mile to fit me in and also was conscientious enough to spot another device that needed testing which I hadn’t seen.
Rebecca Noble
Rebecca Noble
21:00 04 May 21
I have used DRA for several years now and will continue to do, so as I have always received fantastic service. They are prompt, friendly, efficient, great value and totally professional, and go out of their way to get things done in any circumstances. Thank you so much all at DRA. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall
09:02 29 Apr 21
DRA carried out our PAT Testing at MWE Architects LLP, they were very quick to respond to our enquiry and reasonably priced. They arrived on time, were very professional whilst in the office, especially as it was during the COVID crisis. We received our certificate promptly and good communication. Would definitely recommend.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
18:13 15 Apr 21
Great service, very speedy and helpful.
Laura Gellatly
Laura Gellatly
08:11 15 Apr 21
Just had our PAT testing done. Great service as always - arrived when expected, reliable and honest advice, minimum of disruption and prompt supply of certificates. First class service
Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
06:04 20 Mar 21
Fantastic service from DRA every time - efficient, professional, friendly and great value for money - we go back to DRA every time and they have provided great service without fail. Highly recommend.
Lairds House
Lairds House
13:13 17 Mar 21
Professional and friendly, sound advice, punctual, tidy, and great value. Highly recommended.
Andrea
Andrea
21:26 16 Mar 21
Very efficient service! Will be using again
Roisin McBride
Roisin McBride
12:17 09 Mar 21
So so pleased with the service from DRA PAT testing. Richard went above and beyond. We will definitely be using them again and will not hesitate to recommend them.
Emma Fitzsimmons
Emma Fitzsimmons
11:49 03 Mar 21
Excellent service. PAT testing completed as required. Very friendly and great communication.
Tricia Rook
Tricia Rook
20:21 25 Feb 21
I've used DRA for years now to carry out PAT testing at a rental property I own, always carry out the work quickly and efficiently, no hesitation in recommending their service!
The North Shields Heritology Project
The North Shields Heritology Project
10:56 22 Feb 21
We’ve used these twice now at work no issues what’s so ever quick response and friendly reliable service they will be go to pat test going forward highly recommend
Karl De Free
Karl De Free
16:32 09 Feb 21
been using them for PAT testing for at least 5 years, plus just completed fixed wire test
Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson
16:56 07 Feb 21
We have our annual PAT Testing completed each year by DRA PAT Testing and the service provided is to the highest of quality and standards.From Richard the boss to Rob the tester who came to my home to test our equipment. was friendly, polite and extremely efficient in their job updating us on the equipmentWould highly recommend DRA PAT Testing and we will continue to use them for years to come. Or until we retire, and then we can drink Meade talking to Odin about world domination.
roses dad
roses dad
12:19 10 Jan 21
Very professional company. Always gives reminder of inspections due. Very courteous staff - Rob - no problems, ever.
Raymond Grimes
Raymond Grimes
16:05 18 Dec 20
Managed to fit me in last minute. Great service. Friendly and Professional.
Benjamin Hedley
Benjamin Hedley
18:04 11 Dec 20
I have used the services of DRA PAT testing for several years and have always found them to be courteous, professional in the delivery of their services and friendly to deal with. I highly recommend them.
Chris Bowman
Chris Bowman
11:06 08 Dec 20
DRA PAT- thoroughly professional service, great communication and flexibility around our opening hours. A very pleasant engineer conducting the testing. Would use again for further PAT.
Joe Wood
Joe Wood
14:27 03 Dec 20
PAT testing carried out on all electricals in out large community building!Great Service! Cheers
WhitleyBay BigLocal
WhitleyBay BigLocal
16:44 27 Nov 20
As always, an excellent and reliable service. Due to covid19 guidelines we only had certain times available but Richard was more than accommodating and offered an alternative suggestion which meant we were able to get the whole school PAT tested, which we are so grateful for. Thank you!
Amy Young
Amy Young
14:15 17 Nov 20
Highly recommend DRA Pat testing! Excellent and reliable service from start to finish. Fantastic rates too. Will definitely use them again for all our PAT testing.
Samuel Zahn
Samuel Zahn
00:42 06 Nov 20
Amazing service and communication. Would highly recommend.
Alison Hogarth
Alison Hogarth
18:32 04 Nov 20
DRA PAT testing - used them to carry out PAT testing at the supported accommodation that I work at. Friendly and efficient service - flexible with time. Full PPE used to follow guidelines. We will be a returning customer again next year.
Lauren Woods
Lauren Woods
15:32 03 Nov 20
Absolutely fantastic, professional service carried out for PAT testing. Communication was prompt and efficient from start to finish. Would 100% recommend to others.
Alastair Barclay
Alastair Barclay
22:20 27 Oct 20
As always - very professional - great coms' - prompt - got on with the job in hand - as little disruption as possible,Would highly recommend.
Phil Lay
Phil Lay
07:52 26 Oct 20
The team were great. Gave me good honest advice and a very competitive price for my PAT test. They were extremely helpful and very friendly. Would recommend to anyone, couldn't thank them enough for being so helpful!
Kathryn Ramsay
Kathryn Ramsay
09:45 23 Oct 20
We contacted DRA to have some of our equipment tested for a job which was urgent. DRA couldn’t of helped anymore and were there the same day to ensure we could carryout our project.Great service and will continue to use for all our PAT testing requirements.
Derek Hunter
Derek Hunter
05:49 19 Oct 20
Really prompt clear communication and reasonable rates. Very happy customer.
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
16:25 07 Oct 20
Very reliable and easy to work with, as well very professional. We would recommend DRA for PAT tests.
Nigel Todd
Nigel Todd
13:23 07 Oct 20
Extremely professional and provided exceptional service. When asked a question on something they didn't cover, Richard introduced us to someone who could, which was above and beyond what I expected. I would certainly recommend them.
Lara Langdon
Lara Langdon
07:57 24 Sep 20
Easy to arrange PAT testing service from DRA PAT testing. The team were very friendly and reliable and completed the work with minimum disruption. We would highly recommend them to other businesses.
Lyndsey Everett
Lyndsey Everett
21:02 21 Sep 20
Proffessional, kept us updated all the way through, and we're very responsive, done the job when they said they would , thanks The Sun Studio and Swalwell barbers.
Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson
16:11 17 Sep 20
Excellent customer service, professional on site and great service.
Beth Brown
Beth Brown
10:14 15 Sep 20
Thank you so much DRA PAT Testing. The process to book testing, was very easy, and Richard could fit in the exact time frame we had. The tester had spare parts and was very professional and efficient, I gave him a quick tour of the building, and the testing was done promptly. Great value, and respectful of covid guidelines. I would highly recommend and we will be using DRA Testing in a years time.
Lucy Davidson
Lucy Davidson
15:12 10 Sep 20
Used Richard at DRA last couple of years for PAT testing on HMO property. Very professional and reliable which is what you need and even despite the challenges presented by Covid 19. Recommend
Vish Vedhara
Vish Vedhara
21:31 07 Aug 20
PAT testing - excellent service and highly recommend
Lesley Hunter
Lesley Hunter
09:43 06 Aug 20
Very professional and efficient team with excellent rates. Highly recommend.
Neil
Neil
11:39 04 Aug 20
Great Service throughout, highly recommend this company for your PAT Testing.
Ross Gibson
Ross Gibson
14:05 24 Jul 20
Been using DRA for pat tests for a few years now. Always a good service at a reasonable price.
Rob Platt
Rob Platt
21:01 03 Jul 20
Third year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly including communication about having to postpone and rearrange due to C19 shutdown. Will keep with this trusted service.
richard dell
richard dell
14:12 08 Jun 20
Definately recommend , they were on time, and very professional. Worked through our office very quickly. The final invoice was a pleasant surprise too so great value for money.
Lisa Hodges
Lisa Hodges
13:28 26 May 20
Efficient Service, Quality advice and reports, courteous and professional approach. Would recommend and will use again. Richard was very knowledgeable and considerate to the working environment.
Service Cavendish
Service Cavendish
08:37 18 Apr 20
Highly recommend Richard and his company. Completed our PAT testing without any disruption. Will be using every year from now on.
Matt Davison
Matt Davison
19:25 16 Apr 20
Job done quickly and efficiently. Great customer service, highly recommended!
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
18:17 06 Apr 20
Thank you so much Richard! Richard arranged and kindly did PAT Testing for all the equipment in my clinic, he attended perfectly on time, made sure it's arranged around the time I can be free. He even had spare parts and just changed them for me straightaway. He is very genuine, professional and kind. Great value in compare with other companies and very trustworthy. I've already asked him to book me in for my next PAT Testing and I definitely recommend him.
Mona Attarpour
Mona Attarpour
10:19 06 Apr 20
Service with a smile! We have always received a professional service at good rates, the after care is great too.
Juliette Hall
Juliette Hall
09:26 02 Apr 20
Always had excellent service from Richard at DRA, He's looked after a rental property we have for years now, and always turns up on time and does a great job. Highly recommend him!
Keith Spedding
Keith Spedding
14:08 01 Apr 20
Recently had the whole school tested, great value for money, excellent service, can highly recommend
Joanne Hogarth
Joanne Hogarth
12:58 01 Apr 20
Very helpful and good value for money. Very professional company.
CES Office
CES Office
11:47 01 Apr 20
Great service, used this company for a few years running and we are never disappointed. Very friendly and professional, we happily recommend to others and will continue to use then in the future
Katie Todd
Katie Todd
08:13 01 Apr 20
I've used Richard for the last 4 years, always sends reminders and is very competitive price wise. Nothing is a hassle and I'd recommend him for any work in his field.
David wake
David wake
20:30 31 Mar 20
We used DRA last year for the first time for our PAT testing, they were very proffesional, polite and friendly, so much so we recommended them to the company next door, who have had their PAT testings also carried out by PAT. We are more than happy to continue to use their services annually, and would recommend to all. They also offer other services including full wiring tests.
Laura Palmer
Laura Palmer
19:46 31 Mar 20
DRA has looked after my company's PAT testing for a number of years. They always send a reminder when our test is due, work quickly and efficiently and to a very high standard. Friendly, affordable and reliable.
Euan Preston
Euan Preston
19:29 31 Mar 20
Been using DRA since we opened our business in 2018. Great service, always professional and reliable.
galaxy74656
galaxy74656
19:20 31 Mar 20
Great service, very quick and easy to book. Very understanding when I needed more things testing than originally expected. Friendly and chatty staff. Will definatley be using them again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
20:35 06 Feb 20
Richard and team completed our PAT testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very efficient - I highly recommend DRA Electricals.
Debs H
Debs H
11:21 23 Dec 19
Very efficient service and good value. I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you.
Hannah Gilroy
Hannah Gilroy
09:23 21 Nov 19
Great service from a excellent company, highly recommend them for all PAT testing. Jordan was very professional and friendly. It all went smoothly.Brilliant customer service.
Anthony Gibson
Anthony Gibson
18:58 14 Oct 21
Just to say how impressed I was with the pat testing. Jordan was not only efficient but a personable and respectful young man too. Thank you for arranging this for us.
Angela Pino
Angela Pino
12:44 11 Oct 21
Great communication, first class service. Very prompt. Extremely knowledgeable and professional. Will definitely use them again for our PAT testing next year.
Denise Greatrex
Denise Greatrex
08:13 09 Oct 21
We have used this company twice in the last month for PAT testing and they have been excellent both time. Prompt, efficient and excellent value for money. We will definitely use them for all future work.
Emma Pearson
Emma Pearson
10:52 05 Oct 21
Great job, quick response. Would recommend to others.
Katy Vanden
Katy Vanden
14:56 04 Oct 21
Good communication, reasonably priced. Friendly and helpful tester. Will definitely use again next year!
Anna Sherratt
Anna Sherratt
11:25 04 Oct 21
This is on behalf of elevate services - Amazing, very professional, Jordan - cant recall his surname was very polite and got on with the job and is a credit to the company - I'm sure we will be using these PAT testing services again in our office as we have been 2+ years running now. Couldn't fault a thing - recommend.
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
05:49 28 Sep 21
Great service provided from DRA for carrying out PAT Testing. Very helpful friendly company to deal with at a very good price
Tony Hipkin
Tony Hipkin
07:51 27 Sep 21
DRA PAT testing service was quick to book our charity in for PAT testing. Worker arrived on time and was very helpful getting all our items tested. Will be using in the future across our services.
Journey Enterprises
Journey Enterprises
09:28 23 Sep 21
Some 50 appliances and extensions PAT tested. Service scheduled promptly, Engineer spot on time, Engineer very friendly and very efficient . all round, an excellent service I am happy to recommend
Bob Telford
Bob Telford
15:17 22 Sep 21
The DRA team were an absolute delight! Professional, swift and very helpful! Thank you all
Lucy Gregson
Lucy Gregson
12:03 20 Sep 21
Excellent PAT service. Efficient, on-time and followed up promptly with reports. Recommended.
joe stewart
joe stewart
07:58 20 Sep 21
Professional, reliable and efficient PAT Testing service. Highly recommend.
Inga Davison
Inga Davison
09:13 16 Sep 21
We have used DRA for our PAT testing for many years and wouldn't go anywhere else. As a very busy NHS Dental practice, now with the added measures in place due to Covid restrictions, they worked around us with efficiency and professionalism.
Beverley Mitchelson
Beverley Mitchelson
11:24 13 Sep 21
PAT Testing
Lisa Marshall
Lisa Marshall
09:57 07 Sep 21
Asked Richard if he would be able to PAT a variety of equipment for work (110v &240v), came in when he said, was happy to answer questions, and carried out repairs as needed. Very PROFESSIONAL. Good rates.
Leighton Pearson
Leighton Pearson
08:54 07 Sep 21
These guys came out to PAT test some of our electrical catering hire equipment. On time, reasonably priced with excellent customer service. Highly recommended and no doubt I will be in touch with them again.
Richard Dos Santos
Richard Dos Santos
10:40 24 Aug 21
We always use these guys for our P.A.T testing, five star job. Friendly efficient and reliable.
Chris Williams
Chris Williams
14:03 10 Aug 21
Good friendly honest service, highly recommended.
darren haggerty
darren haggerty
13:51 02 Jul 21
Very speedy response, professional service and a fair price.
Guy Kirk
Guy Kirk
07:21 25 Jun 21
Richard was incredibly helpful and professional. Timely response to email requests and went above and beyond to fit in the PAT testing at our two sites.We would not hesitate to use him and DRA again.
Sarah Kilby
Sarah Kilby
08:40 17 Jun 21
DRA carried out PAT tests for all of our office appliances and equipment. Richard was very organised and efficient, and we received the certificates/report the same day.
Lizzy Chorley
Lizzy Chorley
15:06 16 Jun 21
Richard was fantastic with my last minute call to test equipment for an installation. The service was professional, the team is understanding, prompt and also a good laugh which is a bonus! Couldn't recommend enough.
Violeta Tsenova
Violeta Tsenova
19:42 31 May 21
Great company to work with. Will use again.
Donna Riseborough
Donna Riseborough
06:06 31 May 21
We always use DRA Electricals for our surgery. Another PAT testing complete. Very professional service. Highly recommend them.
Clare Phillips
Clare Phillips
09:30 27 May 21
Excellent service, hired for a full PAT test of the premises. Will absolutely Hire Richard again.
Be More Geek
Be More Geek
15:00 26 May 21
Very quick and professional, a great service and very helpful.
Jessica Hynes
Jessica Hynes
15:00 21 May 21
Richard carried out the pat testing for my Beauty Salon at very short notice which was greatly appreciated. He was very communicative, professional and efficient... I would highly recommend!
Sara Ball
Sara Ball
16:16 20 May 21
PAT Testing across 3 sites competed over2 days, minimum disruption, on time, good value. Fitted in with our schedule as a busy pub reopening during Covid recovery, took the pressure off.
Mark Hall
Mark Hall
06:04 19 May 21
I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful, professional service of DRA PAT Testing who recently checked over all of Seaham Sea Cadets equipment. We were over the moon with the conscientiousness and quality of service. Kyle and his colleague attending were superb, and extremely helpful, courteous and professional throughout - a glowing testament to a business to be both proud of and confident in. Thank you again, on behalf of all the Cadets, in helping us so much towards reopening and parading again; it is very much appreciated by all of us at the Unit. We look forward to booking DRA again next year and are very happy to recommend you to anyone.
Mark Walker
Mark Walker
19:19 13 May 21
Very professional service. Richard arrived on time and carried out the PAT tests very efficiently. Certificates received on the same day. I also liked how the pricing was clear on the website before I booked. Thank you!
Zoe Robertson
Zoe Robertson
19:22 10 May 21
Excellent service from the DRA team with special thanks to Rob. PAT testing completed at The People’s Kitchen with great efficiency. Will definitely use them again
keith armstrong
keith armstrong
21:17 06 May 21
PAT test- I was so impressed with the service. Rob went the extra mile to fit me in and also was conscientious enough to spot another device that needed testing which I hadn’t seen.
Rebecca Noble
Rebecca Noble
21:00 04 May 21
I have used DRA for several years now and will continue to do, so as I have always received fantastic service. They are prompt, friendly, efficient, great value and totally professional, and go out of their way to get things done in any circumstances. Thank you so much all at DRA. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall
09:02 29 Apr 21
DRA carried out our PAT Testing at MWE Architects LLP, they were very quick to respond to our enquiry and reasonably priced. They arrived on time, were very professional whilst in the office, especially as it was during the COVID crisis. We received our certificate promptly and good communication. Would definitely recommend.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
18:13 15 Apr 21
Great service, very speedy and helpful.
Laura Gellatly
Laura Gellatly
08:11 15 Apr 21
Just had our PAT testing done. Great service as always - arrived when expected, reliable and honest advice, minimum of disruption and prompt supply of certificates. First class service
Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
06:04 20 Mar 21
Fantastic service from DRA every time - efficient, professional, friendly and great value for money - we go back to DRA every time and they have provided great service without fail. Highly recommend.
Lairds House
Lairds House
13:13 17 Mar 21
Professional and friendly, sound advice, punctual, tidy, and great value. Highly recommended.
Andrea
Andrea
21:26 16 Mar 21
Very efficient service! Will be using again
Roisin McBride
Roisin McBride
12:17 09 Mar 21
So so pleased with the service from DRA PAT testing. Richard went above and beyond. We will definitely be using them again and will not hesitate to recommend them.
Emma Fitzsimmons
Emma Fitzsimmons
11:49 03 Mar 21
Excellent service. PAT testing completed as required. Very friendly and great communication.
Tricia Rook
Tricia Rook
20:21 25 Feb 21
I've used DRA for years now to carry out PAT testing at a rental property I own, always carry out the work quickly and efficiently, no hesitation in recommending their service!
The North Shields Heritology Project
The North Shields Heritology Project
10:56 22 Feb 21
We’ve used these twice now at work no issues what’s so ever quick response and friendly reliable service they will be go to pat test going forward highly recommend
Karl De Free
Karl De Free
16:32 09 Feb 21
been using them for PAT testing for at least 5 years, plus just completed fixed wire test
Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson
16:56 07 Feb 21
We have our annual PAT Testing completed each year by DRA PAT Testing and the service provided is to the highest of quality and standards.From Richard the boss to Rob the tester who came to my home to test our equipment. was friendly, polite and extremely efficient in their job updating us on the equipmentWould highly recommend DRA PAT Testing and we will continue to use them for years to come. Or until we retire, and then we can drink Meade talking to Odin about world domination.
roses dad
roses dad
12:19 10 Jan 21
Very professional company. Always gives reminder of inspections due. Very courteous staff - Rob - no problems, ever.
Raymond Grimes
Raymond Grimes
16:05 18 Dec 20
Managed to fit me in last minute. Great service. Friendly and Professional.
Benjamin Hedley
Benjamin Hedley
18:04 11 Dec 20
I have used the services of DRA PAT testing for several years and have always found them to be courteous, professional in the delivery of their services and friendly to deal with. I highly recommend them.
Chris Bowman
Chris Bowman
11:06 08 Dec 20
DRA PAT- thoroughly professional service, great communication and flexibility around our opening hours. A very pleasant engineer conducting the testing. Would use again for further PAT.
Joe Wood
Joe Wood
14:27 03 Dec 20
PAT testing carried out on all electricals in out large community building!Great Service! Cheers
WhitleyBay BigLocal
WhitleyBay BigLocal
16:44 27 Nov 20
As always, an excellent and reliable service. Due to covid19 guidelines we only had certain times available but Richard was more than accommodating and offered an alternative suggestion which meant we were able to get the whole school PAT tested, which we are so grateful for. Thank you!
Amy Young
Amy Young
14:15 17 Nov 20
Highly recommend DRA Pat testing! Excellent and reliable service from start to finish. Fantastic rates too. Will definitely use them again for all our PAT testing.
Samuel Zahn
Samuel Zahn
00:42 06 Nov 20
Amazing service and communication. Would highly recommend.
Alison Hogarth
Alison Hogarth
18:32 04 Nov 20
DRA PAT testing - used them to carry out PAT testing at the supported accommodation that I work at. Friendly and efficient service - flexible with time. Full PPE used to follow guidelines. We will be a returning customer again next year.
Lauren Woods
Lauren Woods
15:32 03 Nov 20
Absolutely fantastic, professional service carried out for PAT testing. Communication was prompt and efficient from start to finish. Would 100% recommend to others.
Alastair Barclay
Alastair Barclay
22:20 27 Oct 20
As always - very professional - great coms' - prompt - got on with the job in hand - as little disruption as possible,Would highly recommend.
Phil Lay
Phil Lay
07:52 26 Oct 20
The team were great. Gave me good honest advice and a very competitive price for my PAT test. They were extremely helpful and very friendly. Would recommend to anyone, couldn't thank them enough for being so helpful!
Kathryn Ramsay
Kathryn Ramsay
09:45 23 Oct 20
We contacted DRA to have some of our equipment tested for a job which was urgent. DRA couldn’t of helped anymore and were there the same day to ensure we could carryout our project.Great service and will continue to use for all our PAT testing requirements.
Derek Hunter
Derek Hunter
05:49 19 Oct 20
Really prompt clear communication and reasonable rates. Very happy customer.
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
16:25 07 Oct 20
Very reliable and easy to work with, as well very professional. We would recommend DRA for PAT tests.
Nigel Todd
Nigel Todd
13:23 07 Oct 20
Extremely professional and provided exceptional service. When asked a question on something they didn't cover, Richard introduced us to someone who could, which was above and beyond what I expected. I would certainly recommend them.
Lara Langdon
Lara Langdon
07:57 24 Sep 20
Easy to arrange PAT testing service from DRA PAT testing. The team were very friendly and reliable and completed the work with minimum disruption. We would highly recommend them to other businesses.
Lyndsey Everett
Lyndsey Everett
21:02 21 Sep 20
Proffessional, kept us updated all the way through, and we're very responsive, done the job when they said they would , thanks The Sun Studio and Swalwell barbers.
Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson
16:11 17 Sep 20
Excellent customer service, professional on site and great service.
Beth Brown
Beth Brown
10:14 15 Sep 20
Thank you so much DRA PAT Testing. The process to book testing, was very easy, and Richard could fit in the exact time frame we had. The tester had spare parts and was very professional and efficient, I gave him a quick tour of the building, and the testing was done promptly. Great value, and respectful of covid guidelines. I would highly recommend and we will be using DRA Testing in a years time.
Lucy Davidson
Lucy Davidson
15:12 10 Sep 20
Used Richard at DRA last couple of years for PAT testing on HMO property. Very professional and reliable which is what you need and even despite the challenges presented by Covid 19. Recommend
Vish Vedhara
Vish Vedhara
21:31 07 Aug 20
PAT testing - excellent service and highly recommend
Lesley Hunter
Lesley Hunter
09:43 06 Aug 20
Very professional and efficient team with excellent rates. Highly recommend.
Neil
Neil
11:39 04 Aug 20
Great Service throughout, highly recommend this company for your PAT Testing.
Ross Gibson
Ross Gibson
14:05 24 Jul 20
Been using DRA for pat tests for a few years now. Always a good service at a reasonable price.
Rob Platt
Rob Platt
21:01 03 Jul 20
Third year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly including communication about having to postpone and rearrange due to C19 shutdown. Will keep with this trusted service.
richard dell
richard dell
14:12 08 Jun 20
Definately recommend , they were on time, and very professional. Worked through our office very quickly. The final invoice was a pleasant surprise too so great value for money.
Lisa Hodges
Lisa Hodges
13:28 26 May 20
Efficient Service, Quality advice and reports, courteous and professional approach. Would recommend and will use again. Richard was very knowledgeable and considerate to the working environment.
Service Cavendish
Service Cavendish
08:37 18 Apr 20
Highly recommend Richard and his company. Completed our PAT testing without any disruption. Will be using every year from now on.
Matt Davison
Matt Davison
19:25 16 Apr 20
Job done quickly and efficiently. Great customer service, highly recommended!
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
18:17 06 Apr 20
Thank you so much Richard! Richard arranged and kindly did PAT Testing for all the equipment in my clinic, he attended perfectly on time, made sure it's arranged around the time I can be free. He even had spare parts and just changed them for me straightaway. He is very genuine, professional and kind. Great value in compare with other companies and very trustworthy. I've already asked him to book me in for my next PAT Testing and I definitely recommend him.
Mona Attarpour
Mona Attarpour
10:19 06 Apr 20
Service with a smile! We have always received a professional service at good rates, the after care is great too.
Juliette Hall
Juliette Hall
09:26 02 Apr 20
Always had excellent service from Richard at DRA, He's looked after a rental property we have for years now, and always turns up on time and does a great job. Highly recommend him!
Keith Spedding
Keith Spedding
14:08 01 Apr 20
Recently had the whole school tested, great value for money, excellent service, can highly recommend
Joanne Hogarth
Joanne Hogarth
12:58 01 Apr 20
Very helpful and good value for money. Very professional company.
CES Office
CES Office
11:47 01 Apr 20
Great service, used this company for a few years running and we are never disappointed. Very friendly and professional, we happily recommend to others and will continue to use then in the future
Katie Todd
Katie Todd
08:13 01 Apr 20
I've used Richard for the last 4 years, always sends reminders and is very competitive price wise. Nothing is a hassle and I'd recommend him for any work in his field.
David wake
David wake
20:30 31 Mar 20
We used DRA last year for the first time for our PAT testing, they were very proffesional, polite and friendly, so much so we recommended them to the company next door, who have had their PAT testings also carried out by PAT. We are more than happy to continue to use their services annually, and would recommend to all. They also offer other services including full wiring tests.
Laura Palmer
Laura Palmer
19:46 31 Mar 20
DRA has looked after my company's PAT testing for a number of years. They always send a reminder when our test is due, work quickly and efficiently and to a very high standard. Friendly, affordable and reliable.
Euan Preston
Euan Preston
19:29 31 Mar 20
Been using DRA since we opened our business in 2018. Great service, always professional and reliable.
galaxy74656
galaxy74656
19:20 31 Mar 20
Great service, very quick and easy to book. Very understanding when I needed more things testing than originally expected. Friendly and chatty staff. Will definatley be using them again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
20:35 06 Feb 20
Richard and team completed our PAT testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very efficient - I highly recommend DRA Electricals.
Debs H
Debs H
11:21 23 Dec 19
Very efficient service and good value. I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you.
Hannah Gilroy
Hannah Gilroy
09:23 21 Nov 19

We can do your PAT testing for you

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PAT testing machine testing a computer in a school

How much will PAT testing cost?

How much will PAT testing cost you to do it in-house depends on the value of the person doing it to your business. Let’s use the school caretaker as the example. Some schools put their caretaker through a course, buy him the gear then tell him to do the PAT Testing. He hasn’t got time to do it all in a week or two over the holidays like a PAT testing company can, because he has other jobs to do, so he spreads it out over the year. 

But throughout the year he has other jobs to do too, and before you know it the year has gone by, he’s not managed to do more than a hundred items and he’s forgotten everything he learnt on the course. And now the machine needs its annual calibration. 

It generally works out much cheaper overall to get us in to do it! Book a PAT testing appointment today

How much will PAT Testing cost?

  • The cost of a PAT testing course £300.00
  • The cost of a basic PAT tester £400.00
  • The cost of the kit £150.00
  • The cost of software £400.00
  • The cost of annual calibration £100.00
  • Your employees time – priceless

That’s about a thousand pounds set up costs plus your time, and annual calibration and refresher training because staff will forget. Or just book us to do it. 

need to know the inside of a plug if going to PAT test yourself
plug wires and diagram to show how to wire it - need to know if asking the question can I pat test my own equipment

Who can carry out PAT testing?

Who can carry out PAT testing? Any competent person can carry out PAT testing – all it takes is some knowledge, and basic training to get started. 

Can I PAT test without a qualification?

You can PAT test without a qualification. Guidance say you have to be competent to test electrical equipment, not that you have to be qualified. How you get competent is a matter for discussion. The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association say that you should undergo thorough training by a competent person in order to become competent yourself. The current qualifications are flawed because the course is intended to get delegates through an exam, with the course focus more on pass rates than gaining knowledge. Although if you want to work for another company, you will need to get qualified (City and Guilds 2377) to get a job. 

You could sign up to do a practical skills course; you may find this more beneficial, as you will learn how to test appliances, how to use different machines and gain knowledge in why electrical appliance safety measures are important. The PAT Testing expert run a good training course in practical skills, at different venues around the UK

So, Can you PAT test yourself?

To conclude, Can you PAT test yourself? Yes you can, but we don’t know why you would want to. It’s easier, cheaper and far less hassle to use a PAT testing company. 

  • Lower costs if you contract it out
  • Less hassle if you contract it out
  • Less repeating yourself if you contract it out
  • Loss of man-power doing it yourself 

Don’t try to PAT Test in-house; contact us about doing it for you. 

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PAT Testing during Covid-19

We are available for bookings during Covid-19 lockdown

Our work can not be done from home, so we are continuing to operate during the Covid-19 Pandemic, albeit on a reduced level. As long as safety measures can be implemented we can still do work for you. 

Note: This is an old post written at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, and no longer applies. It would make sense to take the post down but Google will penalise us for doing so so we have to leave it here. 

If you can take into account the safety measures being implemented we can still carry out PAT testing for you. 

Operating during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our work perhaps is not essential, but it has to be done at some point, and many argue that the best time to do a PAT test is when the office is empty – we always feel that to be the case normally but not everyone can get us in at weekends, and there are not enough weekends for everyone, so now may be a great time. 

If your office is currently empty (or any other business premises), now is the best time to get equipment tested. Even if it isn’t all there, what is there can be tested now, and the rest be done when it returns to work. 

All we need is someone to open up, then leave us to get on with our work. 

We are well, and have no symptoms – if that changes we will notify you in advance. 

We are clean; most people that work like we do, in different places all the time, are generally clean anyway – we carried hand sanitiser long before we’d even heard of Covid-19. 

We also keep our equipment clean; cleaning it after every job to make sure no germs are lingering. 

When we get to your workplace to start, we’ll wash our hands before we touch anything. We carry baby wipes if we need to wipe surfaces before or after, and we regularly wash our hands. We use gloves where possible but as labels need applying this isn’t always possible, though we do our best. 

We will expect to maintain a safe distance from any persons from your workplace, and from each other if there is more than one of us on the job, and where possible we will open your windows to ensure good ventilation in the areas where we are working. We’ll shut them too of course. 

Check out our post on how we can visit your staff in their homes to PAT test their equipment, safely. 

Currently my staff are furloughed so they are not working; it is I doing all the jobs that come in, but this can be changed, so if you need a particularly large site doing we can do so. 

Please note we are not doing work in domestic properties were tenants are currently living, as our own safety measure. 

Update: Most of this no longer applies – we have been fully operational since June 2020. 

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What are surge protectors for?

What are surge protectors for?

A surge protector is an electrical appliance designed to protect electrical equipment from surges in power, or voltage spikes. A surge protectors tries to limit the voltage supplied to the appliance by either blocking or shorting to ground the unwanted voltage. 

Surges in power generally come from:

  • Internal tripping  events, such as lights being turned on and off
  • A high in-rush of energy could generate a surge around the circuits
  • Lightning strikes

A surge protecter doesn’t last forever; it’ll only absorb so many surges before it stops working itself, although it is practically impossible to tell when this will happen; the longer it has been in use the more at risk you are from it not being effective. If you are aware of it absorbing a power surge it is recommended you replace it. 

this extension lead has built in surge protectors

A surge protector is an appliance made to protect your devices from voltage spikes. It’s designed to keep unwanted voltages away from your electronic devices.

How does a surge protector work?

The equipment you plug into your sockets rely on a consistent voltage of electricity. However, the sockets can’t guarantee this steady flow of electricity, so to protect sensitive electrical equipment, such as IT equipment, we use a surge protector. This device ‘defends’ your equipment from voltage spikes by rerouting unsafe energy so that only the normal amount of electricity will pass through your device.

When should a surge protector be used?

Whether you need a surge protector depends on the equipment you are using. Surge protectors are designed to protect your computer. Laptops and desktop computers are both packed with voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could easily damage. Without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could shorten the life of your computer, wipe out all of your data, or even completely destroy your system.

When we carry out PAT testing on computers, we look for surge protective devices being used, and test them too. Be aware that all extension blocks are not surge protectors; they need to display the sign that they are, and don’t get caught out by those masquerading to be – we come across many cheap blocks claiming to be surge protectors that aren’t. Usually if an extension block is very cheap, the surge protector may not be as effective. 

In fact, you should use a surge protector with any high-end electronic device. You should always use a surge protector with gaming consoles, for example. By doing so, you’ll extend the life of the device and prevent possible damage.

Remember, a sensitive electrical appliance plugged into an electric socket is at risk of serious damage if there is a voltage spike, so protect it with a surge protector. 

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Do new electricals need PAT testing?

Do new electricals need PAT testing?

new electrical appliances - do new electricals need pat testing?

Does new electrical equipment need PAT Testing?

Do new electricals need PAT testing? If you are sure they came from a reputable supplier than they shouldn’t need PAT testing. 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 retailer from the European Economic area.  Be more aware if you buy new equipment from ‘cheap’ online sites, especially if the appliances are imported from non-European countries. 

However, some company policies do require new equipment to be tested before being put into service, so really it depends on your own policy. Perhaps consider a risk assessment to decide. 

It should be sufficient to do a user check to make sure no damage has occurred in transit. 

If you have an appliance register it may also be a good idea to record this new equipment on that register. A good PAT company should have provided you with an excel document that you can use for recording your assets on. If not, ask them for it. We actually don’t provide it as standard because not everyone wants it, but it is easily available if you do – just ask. 

If you’re unsure of the safety of the appliance, don’t know how well maintained it has been since being made, or if you’ve bought it from abroad or not directly from the manufacturer/licensed supplier then you may want to consider PAT Testing the appliance before use. 

If the appliance has been bought off the internet, or there is any doubt in your mind about where the new equipment has come from it should undergo formal PAT Testing. 

Do you want your new electrical good PAT testing before using them? If you still want your equipment testing…

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Do you have to PAT test new appliances?

The HSE says “new equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged“. 

This however does depend on your discretion; for extra safety it is recommended that you do PAT test the appliance, giving you peace of mind, particularly if the appliance is something that could be hazardous or dangerous like a power saw. 

You also need to consider what is meant by ‘new’. New should mean something that is brand new, recently shipped from the manufacturer, and not be something that has been bought from a charity shop, or brought into the business by a member of staff. 

Testing new appliances, that are new to the organisation mean the appliance can be added to your existing asset register. 

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How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

How long does a PAT test Certificate last?

How long does a PAT Test Certificate last? The confirmation that your appliance is safe lasts as long as it takes to put the label on, plug it back in and wait until it gets damaged; how long the certificate lasts, kind of depends on that too. Some say the certificate is only as good as the moment the test is done, so that would be pretty pointless. 

A certificate lasts until the appliance is no longer safe, or until a period of time defined by risk assessment has passed. 

Let’s say your risk assessment says that your computer is medium risk and could get damaged if it was moved, and should be tested every year, so in theory if it is tested then its certificate will last a year. However, if the computer is moved within that time frame to a new location, its risk assessment has to be done again, and so does its PAT test. Because it may have got damaged in transit, so who is to say it is still safe? It needs a new PAT Test to check it is safe. 

That’s how long a PAT Test Certificate lasts. 

PAT Test certificate - how long does a pat test last

How long does a PAT test last?

How long does the PAT test last? Well this question can have different meanings. Do you mean.. 

How long does the PAT test last until it needs doing again? Or does it mean How long does the PAT test last, as in how long it takes to carry out the procedure. If its the first option refer to the answer above for how long does a PAT test Certificate last. 

If it’s the latter, then it depends on the length of your piece of string! Most appliances can have an inspection and test within a few minutes, some will take less time and others a bit more, but ultimately it takes as long as it takes. 

Better that the engineer takes his time, does a thorough job, does any repairs necessary too than rushes and makes a mistake. 

How long does a PAT test take?

This is a bit clearer than the last question, but the answer is about the same, but we’ll answer it in a different way. This is a good question but not easy to answer as everyone is different; someone experienced may do it in a couple of minutes; someone new to the industry may take 10 minutes. 

We say on average it takes one to two minutes to do a PAT test; around 20 to 30 items in an hour is a good working rate. Good enough to do a good job, spot any faults and repair them. 

So based on that, it’ll take about 3.5 hours to do 100 items; although in some environments we could do a lot more. We estimate to test approximately 200 items in a normal working day. 

Electrical safety is not something that should be rushed; an inspection and test is important, and so it is important it is done right. Too many PAT testing companies are only interested in numbers – quantity over quality. Some bigger firms expect their engineers to test 500 items in a day, which is ridiculous and a good way to miss faults leading to accidents later. 

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Do new electrical items need PAT testing?

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 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 is not a genuine UK standard appliance – there are plenty of them on the market.

Assuming the appliance is genuine, complete the manufacturers warranty card included or register it online so you are notified of any issues that arise.

However, if there is a chance this new equipment has not been bought from a reputable supplier, or has been bought on a market stall for example then we strongly recommend you get it tested before using it. 

When we next come to test the rest of the equipment we will test the newer kit too. However if more than a year is to pass before our next visit it may be worth getting us in to check the newer kit when it’s a year old.

Whatever decision you make ensure it is an informed one and you are completely sure; as if there is an accident you may be held accountable.

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What happens if an appliance fails the PAT 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
red do not use Failed PAT test label

What happens if an item fails a PAT Test?

When an appliance fails a PAT test we look at the options available for that appliance or customer. If the appliance can be repaired or if it is so dangerous it is beyond repair and needs to be disposed of.

Sometimes the appliance can’t be repaired by us, but could be repaired by a specialist engineer so we recommend you contact an alternate expert, such as the engineer from the company that manufactured the product. For example, if a cooker failed, there may be an internal issue that could be fixed by a domestic appliance engineer.

If the fault is small, like a damaged cable we may be able to cut it back to a safer spot and then reattach the existing plug, or if the plug was sealed, replace it with a new plug. We do this automatically; you won’t see it in the detailed report as we don’t see the point – we have done it in the past but it causes so much confusion we stopped doing it. But we do mention it to you (and we put it in the notes that are supplied with the PAT certificate) so you are aware it has been done, showing the value of the PAT test.

Finding a fault and repairing it gives value to portable appliance testing.

It is common practice to fail faulty electrical equipment, remove it from service and or quarantine it until professional repairs have been carried out.

If an appliance does fail and will be repaired by others, it should be tested either by them or us before going back in to service. If we test it we can remove the failed item from the report, and add the passed appliance.

It is also possible that an appliance fails the PAT Test without actually being faulty, and we are often surprised how few PAT engineers even do this, often stating that they would be scared to do so, even though putting safety first is meant to be the way forward.

There are several reasons why appliances may fail PAT testing, including:

  • Incorrect use of the appliance
  • Age of the appliance
  • Equipment calibration has lapsed
  • Incorrect appliance for the task
  • Incompetence of the engineer doing the test
  • Incorrect readings from the PAT tester
  • Incorrect PAT tester for the job
  • Incorrect choice of tests
  • And you must remember that it is also possible that an appliance that is dangerous and should fail; will get missed by an engineer in a hurry because he is on a ridiculous piece-rate price per item from a cheap pat testing company; putting the lives of your users and your business at risk.

If you choose a competent, reliable PAT testing service provider it will help to reduce the chance of mistakes and address most of the above quickly!

failed pat test label that can be edited

PAT Testing service providers with the right knowledge and experience, such as ourselves, are competent to test electrical appliances in the correct manner; doing the right tests, the right inspections, the right risk assessments, using the correct testers, interpreting the results correctly and being able to certify them for continued use… safely. 

As experienced PAT testers we are fully aware of the right classifications of equipment, and we know what to look for, and what may fail, and we also know the anomalies that may need alternate tests to certify them. 

Inexperienced testers often fail photocopiers, printers and heaters because the results they get were not what they were taught in their classes, but they don’t know what to eliminate and what to take into account. 

For example, appliances with built-in devices that limit voltage such as surge protectors will probably fail the Insulation Resistance Test. and this should be taken into account. 

Appliances with long extension cords such as cable reels, tend to fail the earth continuity test if the correct test limits are not put in place. Using the right PAT tester for the appliance can fix the issue, but there is no substitute for knowledge and experience; the discretion and competence of the person carrying out the test will make a significant difference so the correct results are achieved. 

What if an appliance fails a PAT test?

Items that actually fail tests are usually removed from service with immediate effect, and supervisors, contractors and users suitably notified.

If an appliance fails the test we will recommend it be removed from service; we label it with a red fail label and record it in the report.

Appliances that have failed testing should be easily identifiable – we attach prominent red labels stating “Fail do not use”, which makes it obvious that the appliance should not be used. 

Irrespective of whether the PAT Testing has been done in house or by a hired competent PAT Testing service provider, identifying each piece of equipment and labelling them clearly will go a long way to prevent any serious mishaps when handling portable appliances at the workplace.

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