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PAT tests in offices every 3 years rather than every year

If you manage an office's PAT testing you can benefit from a loop hole in the regulations.  Rather than getting all your equipment pat tested every year like you do now you can change it to every 2 or even 3 years instead.  But how can you do this and stay compliant, I hear you ask?  Well let me tell you this... there is nothing anywhere that says you need to get portable appliances tested every year, but everyone does, because that is what is normal, and in some respects, good practice. Annual testing usually means that we keep [...]

By |2019-07-24T19:46:59+00:00July 24th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on PAT tests in offices every 3 years rather than every year

Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before use?

  Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before using? They shouldn't. New electrical appliances 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.  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.  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 [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:51:28+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before use?

We are seeking experienced PAT Testing Engineers

If you are currently qualified and operating as a self employed PAT Testing engineer looking for some extra work get in touch.  Send an email covering letter and CV to  info@draelectricals.co.uk    

By |2019-08-07T11:51:13+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Jobs|Comments Off on We are seeking experienced PAT Testing Engineers

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

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

By |2019-06-19T15:25:56+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

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 |2019-07-21T18:47:52+00:00May 16th, 2019|Jobs|Comments Off on We are seeking a Trainee PAT Engineer

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 |2019-08-07T11:50:59+00:00April 23rd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 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 |2019-08-07T11:45:27+00:00March 31st, 2019|PAT Blog|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. 

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 |2019-08-07T11:43:43+00:00February 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

Why do you cover sockets in the UK?

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 |2019-08-07T11:40:51+00:00February 2nd, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Why do you cover sockets in the UK?

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 |2019-08-07T11:37:51+00:00January 31st, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Registering and checking appliances is very important