What our customers say about us
Always had excellent service from Richard at DRA; he’s looked after our rental properties for years now. Always turns up on time and does a great job. Highly recommend him! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
We always use DRA Electricals for our office. I would highly recommend these guys to any business. Very professional service and friendly! Thanks guys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
We are very impressed with your service, everything very professional and as you promised. As a small business we find it hard to find reliable companies to deal with, it makes a refreshing change to come across a company with similar ideals to us – a fair job at a fair price with pleasant employees and proper paperwork! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Richard and his team completed our appliance testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very efficient – I highly recommend DRA Electricals. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Excellent, friendly and efficient service. We have a lot of staff that work flexibly and Richard was happy to pop back at a later date to test their equipment which we hadn’t initially mentioned. Would recommend DRA to any organisation that needs appliance testing carried out. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These guys were recommended to us and they came in recently to do the PAT Testing. The service was first class and report very professionally presented in an easy to understand format. It is rare I give 5 stars in a review however in this case it is thoroughly deserved and would recommend DRA PAT Testing Limited to any organisation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
We are DRA PAT Testing
We are experienced, qualified PAT testers with many years’ experience, working in many different locations from homes to offices, shops to hotels, schools to factories, doctors surgeries to building sites.
DRA PAT testing, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne cover Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and other areas of the UK. We come to you to carry out effective, professional inspections and tests, and provide you with a PAT Testing Certificate Report, as well as free guidance on how to improve electrical safety in your workplace.
As well as portable appliances we can test any type of electrical equipment (up to 230v) including those fixed to the main supply, Microwave ovens, emergency lighting and the main wiring installation (EICR).
How we help you
We can test any portable electrical appliance up to 415v, plus 230v fixed appliances. We maintain them to ensure they’re safe and manage retesting for you to ensure you remain compliant.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (UK workplace law) covers all electrical appliances including computers, screens, televisions, printers, kettles, power tools, power leads, etc. used in any business or public place. The appropriate person in the business or organisation is responsible for ensuring the appliances are safe to comply with the law.
Our PAT testing service will help you to comply as we check appliances are safe, carry out safety related repairs automatically (often free), guide you on improvements and provide you with the paperwork you need.
We aim to make the process of arranging and doing your PAT Testing as simple and stress-free as possible, which is why we offer a complimentary site survey in advance of quoting or doing the job where we can view your site and discuss your situation in order to propose a sensible, cost-effective solution to ensuring you comply with the Electricity and Work regulations, long term. Of course, you can simply get a PAT testing quote too.
How to prepare for your workplace’s PAT Testing
Preparing for a PAT testing appointment is quite easy to do; if we can work together on the basic logistics and follow our time-served methods we can get the job done quickly, efficiently and with minimal disruption to your business.
The thing to remember is; to test an electrical appliance we need to be able to unplug it, so it cannot be in use.
Staff should be warned in advance that they will need to leave their work area for a few minutes whilst their equipment is tested – the more appliances they have the longer it will take, but on average we’re looking at around 2 minutes an appliance, or say 10 minutes a computer. If their cables are messy and need relaying it may take a couple more minutes.
If staff can make sure the area under their desks is clear of bags, shoes and other belongings that’ll be a big help; remove any drinks from the desk top, and get any appliances out of drawers ready.
If you use desks together sharing extension leads then all of them will need to be off at the same time – this may be an opportunity for a team meeting.
That is assuming we’re doing office PAT testing. Office equipment PAT testing is quite straightforward and relatively quick, then there’s going to be other items around the office like printers and kitchen equipment. Altogether we’d expect to be able to test around 300 items in a day, per engineer.
When we are finished PAT testing a computer we turn it back on; when the person who sits their can see the screen on they know its ok to log back on.
If we’re testing tools or machinery in a factory it’s going to take a bit longer as there is more to do, and we may need to look up the appliance information to get testing guidance, or refer to your risk assessments for use etc. But the basics remain the same – the appliance needs to be off so we can test it.
The biggest mistake we find employers make when the PAT testers are coming in, is not telling the staff until the last minute that it is going to happen. Doing so means you risk them having important equipment off-site that needs testing.
If you have any questions please ask.
We are also able to visit your site before the job to discuss your situation and answer any queries you have – it actually makes our work easier too, and so we offer this as a Free service.
Portable Appliance Testing for Home Workers
If we are coming to your home to test equipment for your business, such as a mobile disco or caterer put all the equipment to be tested in one room that is best for you; ideally on a table if possible. Or in the garage; we’re easy.
We don’t need power although it may help.
Equipment to be tested should be clean and free of grease.
If you are a home worker and have an office set up in your house, or have equipment that belongs to your employer that needs testing leave it where it is and take us to it. Computers need to be shut down. If you can leave us to it during Covid that would be appreciated.
For safety with Covid-19 you will need to leave us alone to do the work, and stay 2-metres away at all times.
Is PPE required?
If any PPE is required, whether you supply it or we have to we must be informed at the earliest opportunity, ideally before the quote as it could affect the price proposed.