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HSE update “Thorough examination and testing of equipment” guidance

The HSE advises businesses to get their electrical inspections done as soon as possible The HSE advises businesses that have missed their usual ‘retest’ due to the pandemic to get that test done as soon as possible to bring their records up to date. In early April (2021) the Health and Safety Executive updated their guidance for “thorough examination and testing of equipment“, which includes electrical equipment, and this was agreed with by the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association - and we agree too. The HSE have stated that during the coronavirus pandemic, businesses may have found it difficult to carry out their duty to thoroughly examine and test electrical equipment; we have seen this first hand. This has been because many businesses have been closed, whilst others have reduced or even banned contractors on their sites. We know a number of our clients who have not kept their PAT testing up to date, using Covid as an excuse or reason to put it off; in fact we have had nearly 100 clients postpone their PAT testing in the past 12 months, citing Covid protocols as the main reasons. But as businesses return to work, putting [...]

2022-03-07T11:52:39+00:00DRA News / Info|

Join our team

We are not currently recruiting for any positions Join our Team Here at DRA PAT testing we are currently looking for qualified, experienced PAT testing engineers to join us as permanent staff in full time roles for our business in the North East of England. Work with us can take you to all kinds of different workplaces, small and large, across the region and beyond. You will need to be flexible in working patterns, as the business requires, although most of the time your diary will be planned 3-4 weeks in advance at least. You will need to be a strong team player and equally able to work alone. You should be smart, presentable and professional with good inter-personal skills, written skills and be able to use and have access to a computer / laptop with printer. Full driving license required & own vehicle City and Guilds 2377 required and at least 12 months experience - you will be trained in our methods of working and are expected to work to our standards at all times We will do a enhanced DBS so you should not have a criminal record We will provide you with [...]

2022-03-07T10:47:27+00:00DRA News / Info|

Seaward PAT Testing Equipment

Seaward are the industry leaders in PAT testing equipment, and are the providers of the equipment we use. Seaward PAT Testing Equipment, to us, is the only kit we'll consider using. Seaward are based in the North East of England, in the town of Peterlee in County Durham. When we get asked "what PAT tester should we get" we recommend Seaward pat testing equipment. We don't recommend Seaward because we know they are better than the other manufacturers because we don't truly know that, having not used any of their kit, but we have first hand knowledge of the quality of the Seaward pat testing equipment. Seaward PAT Testing Equipment Richard using the Seaward PAT Prime Test 300 Since I formed the business in 2009 I have always used Seaward equipment; I started with a Seaward Europa which is a big machine that works off direct power from the mains which means it's not the easiest to work with on big jobs and has to be regularly unplugged and plugged back in which isn't practical for our needs, although it is ideal for some. From that we graduated onto the Seaward Prime Test 300 which is a [...]

2021-09-04T16:29:10+00:00DRA News / Info|

We Celebrated 5 years trading in 2014

It's hard to believe I've been working for myself for 5 years now; in some respects it seems like only yesterday, and in others it feels like 20 years but in October 2009 I set up my sole-trader business DRA Electricals. At the time I was living in Seaham, Co. Durham, so that's where the business began and what a road we've come down since. We started off as a company offering PAT testing and Electrical Maintenance to businesses, and that's where my story begins. an early photo of me PAT testing a smoke machine                   This photo was taken as a publicity shot; I couldn't afford to use professional photographers in those days so I got a mate with a camera to do it. When starting out in business I think it's very important to live with in your means - don't spend money you haven't got. Over the next, however many posts I publish, I'm going to tell you my story on how I have built up this start up business into a thriving limited company, and how little old me became director of a national PAT [...]

2022-03-07T11:43:29+00:00DRA News / Info|

Versatile Seaward PAT technology supports DRA Electrical growth plans

Seaward PAT Testers This article about us was published in the Seaward industry news issue 36 in August 2014. Versatile electrical safety testing instrumentation is helping a specialist UK PAT company to grow by putting the emphasis on an all round preventative maintenance service. The Tyneside based DRA Electricals has recently passed the 100,000 PAT tests completed mark and is expanding beyond its traditional North East marketplace by winning new national contracts. The company’s broad customer base includes all types of organisation and appliance users, from relatively small businesses, to schools, colleges, hotel groups, call centres and large company offices. To meet the specific needs of each client and the number and type of appliances being used, DRA uses a suite of handheld Seaward PrimeTest PAT testers. All instruments are hand held, extremely lightweight and battery powered for maximum portability. DRA Electricals director, Richard Ayre, explains: “Our aim is to build a professional relationship with clients by meeting their specific electrical testing needs. Every client is different, with different working environments and with different patterns of appliance use. “We treat everyone individually and don’t cut corners. We discuss the range of equipment available and parameters of any PAT testing programmes [...]

2021-12-29T16:37:07+00:00DRA News / Info|
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