A selection of electrical appliances you may find in an office such as computer, laptop, TV, printer that will need PAT Testing

PAT Testing in Seaham – Commercial, Domestic & Industrial

We specialise in helping our clients maintain safe electrical equipment through high quality Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) services. By working with us you will get everything you need to meet your Electrical Safety Obligations and comply with workplace regulations.

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PAT Testing Helps you to Protect your Business

By getting electrical equipment PAT tested regularly you’ll be taking important steps to ensure your electrical equipment is safe, and that you comply with your legal obligations to prevent accidents and fires; and if the worst does happen you have peace of mind that your PAT Testing Certificate Report includes everything you need.

Experienced, trading since 2009 we have over 1500 regular clients who we help to maintain safety standards without testing too often, thus saving money long term.

We don’t charge extra to supply replacement plugs and fuses, and there are no hidden costs. We are available 24/7, insured to £10million, hold enhanced DBS and the price we charge now is guaranteed not to rise for at least 3 years.

If you’re ready to arrange your equipment testing either contact us for a PAT Testing quote, book an appointment or if you need more information please check out our blogs or contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your query.

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No Price Rises for 3 years

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Welcome to DRA PAT Testing – Electrical Equipment Testing Experts

Proudly supporting Seaham businesses, DRA PAT Testing, established in Seaham in 2009 helps clients to maintain safe electrical equipment through preventative maintenance, inspection and testing (PAT tests).

We provide simple solutions, high standards and affordable prices for electrical equipment testing (aka PAT Testing) of portable and fixed appliances, and mains wiring electrical testing (EICR). We are fully accredited by CHAS and members of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association (PATTA). Our engineers are fully qualified, competent in electrical safety and hold enhanced DBS.

We are a leading North East PAT Test company that currently inspects approximately 220,000 electrical appliances every year. We have over 295 5-Star Google reviews if you want to check out what current clients think of our work.

When you need PAT tests for your electrical equipment you can feel safe if you choose to work with us, and we will manage retests for you so you never forget and always are compliant.

What our clients say about us…

Based on 340 reviews
Great service from a great company. As a landlord of a number of properties, it is fantastic to be able to have a reliable company to carry out the necessary PAT testing. They always attend on time and carry out their testing to a very high standard. I would fully recommend DRA Pat Testing.
100% recommend DRA! The team are highly professional & efficient. Thank you.
This is the sixth year of using DRA PAT testing Ltd. As in previous years, all the administration is smooth and it is easy to sort out a site visit. The pricing has remained very competitive and the service is great value for money. We intend to keep using the company for our annual PAT testing.
Based on 340 reviews
Great service from a great company. As a landlord of a number of properties, it is fantastic to be able to have a reliable company to carry out the necessary PAT testing. They always attend on time and carry out their testing to a very high standard. I would fully recommend DRA Pat Testing.
Response from the owner: Hi Simon, thank you for this lovely review. It's great to hear our Landlord PAT testing service works so well for you.

The Importance of PAT Testing: Ensuring Electrical Safety in Your Workplace

In any workplace, ensuring the safety of employees is of utmost importance. One aspect that often goes unnoticed but plays a critical role in maintaining a safe working environment is PAT testing. Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT testing, involves the regular inspection and testing of electrical equipment to ensure its safety and compliance with regulations.

From computers and printers to kitchen appliances and power tools, all electrical equipment needs to be regularly inspected to prevent potential hazards such as electric shocks, fires, or damage to property.

In this fast-paced digital age, where technology is an integral part of our daily lives, it is crucial for businesses to prioritize PAT testing as a part of their health and safety procedures.

The legal requirements for PAT tests in the workplace

In the United Kingdom, PAT testing is not a legal requirement in itself. However, businesses are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their employees and comply with health and safety regulations. PAT testing is considered a best practice and is often recommended as part of a comprehensive health and safety strategy.

Health and safety regulations typically require businesses to regularly inspect and maintain their electrical equipment to ensure its safety. PAT testing is an effective way to meet these requirements. By conducting regular PAT testing, businesses can demonstrate compliance with regulations and reduce the risk of accidents caused by faulty electrical equipment.

It is important for businesses to consult the specific regulations and guidelines applicable to their industry and location. These regulations may vary, and it is essential to stay up-to-date with any changes or updates that may affect the requirements for PAT testing.

The Benefits of Regular PAT tests

Regular PAT testing offers numerous benefits to businesses, employees, and customers. Here are some key advantages of implementing a comprehensive PAT testing program:

**Safety Assurance**

The primary benefit of PAT testing is ensuring the safety of employees and customers. By identifying potential electrical faults or defects, businesses can take corrective actions and eliminate risks before they cause accidents or injuries.

**Legal Compliance**

PAT testing helps businesses meet their legal obligations regarding health and safety regulations. By conducting regular testing, businesses can demonstrate compliance and avoid potential fines, legal actions, or negative publicity resulting from accidents caused by faulty electrical equipment.

**Risk Reduction**

Regular PAT tests help identify potential hazards, reducing the risk of electrical accidents, fires, or damage to property. By identifying and resolving issues before they escalate, businesses can prevent costly repairs, downtime, or disruptions to their operations.

**Enhanced Reputation**

Prioritizing electrical safety and implementing a comprehensive PAT test program can enhance a business’s reputation. Customers and clients are more likely to trust and engage with businesses that demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a safe working environment.

**Increased Efficiency**

Regular PAT tests ensure that electrical equipment operates correctly and efficiently. Identifying and resolving issues promptly can improve the lifespan and performance of appliances, reducing the need for costly repairs or replacements.

**Insurance Coverage**

Some insurance policies require businesses to conduct regular PAT tests as a condition of coverage. By adhering to these requirements, businesses can ensure that they are eligible for insurance claims in the event of an accident or damage caused by faulty electrical equipment.

It is important to note that the benefits of PAT testing can vary depending on the nature of the business, the industry, and the specific requirements. Businesses should assess their unique situation and consult with professionals to tailor a PAT test program that suits their needs.

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The inspection process must be thorough to find faults, and all appliances that present a risk through exposed conductive metal parts need testing to make sure they are safe to continue using. Both portable (with plugs) and fixed electrical equipment will be tested.

We provide a fully inclusive repair service where the plug or flexible cable will be repaired to ensure it passes the test; replacement ’13a’ plugs and fuses are supplied free of charge. Engineers are trained to identify and be able to remedy faults.

Our engineers provide on site advice and guidance to help you maintain safe electrical systems in your workplace, and we send every client a fully itemised PAT Testing Certificate Report which includes electrical readings to ensure your compliance.

Why do you need PAT Tests?

PAT testing is an essential process that helps to ensure the safety of electrical appliances. It involves a series of checks and tests to determine whether electrical equipment is safe to use. This includes visual inspections, earth continuity tests, insulation resistance tests, and more. The importance of PAT testing cannot be overstated, as it helps to identify potential faults or defects that could lead to electrical shock, fires, or other accidents. Regular PAT testing is crucial to maintaining the safety of electrical equipment and preventing potential hazards. It not only protects individuals from harm but also safeguards properties and reduces the risk of legal liability.

We’re Health and Safety accredited:

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Regular PAT Tests help you comply with:

✅ The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

✅ The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

✅ Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1989

✅ Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

We cover Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Co. Durham, North Yorkshire and other UK areas for our clients.

What is PAT testing and how does it work?

PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is a process that involves the inspection and testing of electrical equipment to ensure its safety and compliance with regulations. It is a systematic approach that assesses the safety of portable appliances, including computers, printers, kitchen appliances, power tools, and any other equipment that requires a power source. The main goal of PAT testing is to identify potential faults, defects, or damage that could pose a risk to the user or the environment.

The process of PAT testing typically involves a series of visual inspections, electrical tests, and functional checks. Qualified technicians, often referred to as PAT testers, carry out these tests using specialized equipment. During the visual inspection, the tester examines the appliance for any signs of damage, loose connections, or other visible defects. They also check for correct labelling, including the presence of a valid electrical safety sticker or label.

Once the visual inspection is complete, the tester moves on to the electrical tests. These tests involve using specialized equipment to measure electrical parameters such as insulation resistance, earth continuity, and earth leakage. These tests help identify any potential faults or defects that may not be visible during the visual inspection. Finally, the tester performs functional checks to ensure that the appliance operates correctly and safely.

The frequency of PAT testing depends on several factors, including the type of equipment, its usage, and the working environment. Some equipment may require more frequent testing than others. It is important for businesses to consult regulatory guidelines and industry best practices to determine the appropriate testing intervals for their specific situation.

What happens when you get your appliances checked?

Our engineer will visually inspect the appliance for any faults, damage or misuse and put it right if need be; then will test the appliance to check safety measurements. The results are stored in the tester.

He’ll also check the suitability of use of the appliance, the working environment and anything else needed.

The results are collated and downloaded then used to create the PAT Testing Certificate Report that we send you asap after the job.

You will need the certificate if ever there is an accident or fire. You’ll also need it if you get a visit from the fire officer or a risk assessor, your insurer or a governing body inspector such as CQC or Ofsted. Our certificates will stand up to the strongest scrutiny due to the standard of the report and the fact that we include electrical readings in every report – not all PAT testing companies do and you do need it.