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Do you need electrical equipment PAT Testing in Houghton le Spring?

We are the North East’s No 1 PAT Testers, and we can help make your workplace safer

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Arranging your PAT testing in Houghton le Spring couldn’t be easier

To get started we just need some basic information, such as what type of business you have, what kind of equipment you have, how much equipment you have and where you are located. From there we can usually give you a price over the phone or by email. If things are a bit more complicated or you have a lot of equipment, it may be best to arrange for us to visit your site before we finalise a price.

Who is DRA PAT Testing?

In 2009 Richard Ayre founded DRA PAT Testing. We are now recognised as one of the UK’s leading electrical equipment testing companies with more 5-Star Google reviews than any other North East electrical testing company. We specialise in “PAT” testing and inspect approximately 250,000 electrical appliances every year.

Electrical safety is very important in all workplaces, and it is a legal requirement in the UK to maintain safe electrical systems, which includes the mains wiring of a property and the appliances within it. An up to date PAT Testing Certificate Report from us will give you everything you need to safeguard your company and comply with UK regulations. Whether you have one appliance or thousands, we can help you.

Richard is also the Operations Director of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association (PATTA) which is raising standards in the industry and recently helped write the latest guidance for electrical equipment testing – the Code of Practice for Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

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Electrical Safety Services

To try to make life as easy as possible for you, our clients, we can help you with a host of electrical testing needs. Between us and our electrician we can help you tick off your electrical safety requirements. We provide these services and more.

PAT Testing

In the event of an accident, an investigation will need to see evidence that your electrical equipment has been recently maintained to appropriate safety standards – a PAT Testing Certificate Report (with electrical readings) will provide that. 

Microwave Emissions Testing

Additional checks should be carried out on Microwave ovens to make sure the door and other seals are doing their job, and keeping the micro-waves inside. If they leak out this can lead to user illness, and nobody wants that. So we check ovens for emissions leakage. 

Fixed Wiring Inspections – EICR’s

As well as your appliances you also need to make sure the mains wiring is safe too; this doesn’t need doing as often as PAT, but should be carried out every 5 to 10 years whether your property is used for commercial or domestic reasons.

Whilst we can’t help you if you’re moving house and need an EICR, we can do work for landlords and in commercial and industrial facilities.

Our electrical engineer is registered with the NICEIC so you get the compliant certificates that you require. 

The EICR is often referred to as a periodic inspection report or fixed wiring inspection.  

Engineers near you to ensure the best service is available for PAT Testing in Houghton le Spring

Our engineers are strategically placed to be able to travel to most North East towns within 30 minutes, thanks to close links with the A19 and A1 road networks. For all jobs in Houghton le Spring we charge just £55 including the first 20 items. 

We can get you booked in for an appointment, and we’ll come to you to check your electrical equipment is safe, and provide you with a compliance certificate within 24 hours of the job being done – we can even arrange same day certificates if necessary. 

Further discounts are available if you pay upfront. 

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Does the law say I have to PAT Test?

The law requires you to be able to maintain electrical equipment to the appropriate British Standards for safety and be able to prove it if necessary. A recent, valid, PAT Certificate will do that (providing it carries the right information).

✅  Regular tests help you maintain safe electrical equipment

✅  The engineer assesses the suitability of an appliance for the environment it is being used in to help you comply with The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

✅PAT testing records can be used to demonstrate compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 

✅  Regular PAT testing helps you to comply with The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

✅  Regular PAT tests in rental property help you comply with The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales)

✅  PAT tests before the start of a tenancy help a landlord comply with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s guidance

✅  Regular PAT tests help you comply with The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

✅  PAT testing finds plugs that don’t meet the Plugs and sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 and corrects it.

What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a process for checking electrical appliances that have a plug to make sure they are safe. The process involves a series of visual inspections and electronic tests, at the end of which an appliance will be deemed either safe or not.

What needs PAT Testing?

All electrical appliances that plug into the mains via a plug and socket require safety testing, to comply with Health and Safety at Work. This includes microwave ovens, kettles, computers, power tools, hair dryers, heaters etc. Equipment that you take into a workplace also needs testing, such as mobile disco’s

What does PAT Testing Cost?

We charge an average of £1.00 per item, with discounts for higher numbers. If you have less than 100 items we charge a minimum or initial fee to cover travel and admin costs, and discounts kick in for over 250 items.   

What’s included in the price?

The estimate takes into account travel to the job, labour costs and potential repairs including spare parts supplied such as ’13amp’ plugs, fuses and plug parts. Other minor repairs are all included in the price quoted.