Experienced local PAT Testing experts

Serving all of the North East of England

Experienced local PAT Testing experts2020-03-29T09:10:33+00:00
experienced pat testing experts serving Newcastle upon Tyne and the north east of England

Local PAT Testing – we come to you at your workplace or home to test your electrical equipment to make sure it is safe, so that we can provide you with a PAT Testing Certificate Report, which helps you to be complaint with the Health and Safety regulations. 

With a reputation for high standards we are the local Pat testing company you should hire to safeguard your staff and other users of the electrical equipment you provide at work. 

Read on for more information about PAT testing and our credentials or hit the buttons below to contact us now. 

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We have 5-STAR Ratings from our clients on Google

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Great service, very quick and easy to book. Very understanding when I needed more things testing than originally expected. Friendly and chatty staff. Will definatley be using them again.Google review icon

Charlotte, Musician, February 2020

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We used DRA Pat testing for the first time recently, they were very competitively priced and very professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone in the future and have already arranged next years PAT test to be done by them. Google review icon

Caroline, Building Company, September 2019, Wallsend

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DRA provided an efficient and professional service for our PAT testing. They managed to work around everyone in the office and didn’t cause any inconvenience. We definately have no hesitation of using their services on an ongoing basisGoogle review icon

Sarah, Printing Company, July 2019

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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 organisationFree index logo for reviews

Chris, Production Manager, October 2019, Gateshead

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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!Review by email

Julie, Company Secretary, March 2020, Prudhoe

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We always use DRA Electricals for our office. I would highly recommend these guys to any business. Very professional service and friendly! We had our PAT Testing done.

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Georgia, Office Manager, March 2020

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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 pat testing to any organisation that needs PAT testing carried out.Free index logo for reviews

Aoife, Office Manager, January 2020

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Have used DRA PAT Testing for a number of years now. Hassle free, brilliant service. Provides reminders as to when your testing is due which is helpful. Has also informed me in the past that some items aren’t annually tested – saving me money rather than just going ahead and doing it. Excellent friendly serviceFree index logo for reviews

Lisa, Office Manager, Oct 2019, North Shields

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Have used Richard and DRA for a number of years now, every time giving first class service and efficiency. He is punctual with timing, very flexible with any needs or requirements and won’t try to add any extras or unnecessary work to what is required. I have no hesitation in recommending him and will be using his services in the future.
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Duncan, Theatre Manager, October 2019, Durham

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Richard and his team completed our PAT testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very efficient – I highly recommend DRA Electricals.
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Debs, Head of IT, January 2020

We are experienced local PAT Testing experts 

DRA PAT Testing Limited’s engineers specialise in maintaining safe electrical equipment for our clients in their workplaces and homes. We have been trading since 2009 which should give you peace of mind that we have the longevity, and experience to be best suited to manage your electrical appliance safety for a long time to come.

We know we are one of the most experienced local PAT testing companies in the United Kingdom; Richard Ayre (business owner) is also a part of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association‘s management committee, and from that work he is aware of most companies that have been going longer.

PAT Testing, also known as Portable Appliance Testing, is a process carried out on electrical equipment fitted with a plug, to ensure it is safe for use.

Our experience has taught us what our clients want, and that is a simple, minimal fuss service whereby we only carry out testing that is necessary and do not do more testing than is needed. So we promise every new client this:

We will thoroughly (visually) inspect every appliance, and we will test the appliances that need testing, and not the ones that don’t. On going we will set you up on a PAT testing frequency appropriate to your needs and the risks associated with your equipment and its use. We will carry out repairs automatically and not charge you for that, and we will replace defective plugs and incorrect fuses as we go.

As we test we will remove the old labels from the previous tester and make sure we apply ours neat and tidy, in discreet locations. Our labels are pre-printed and not hand written. Each label comes with a unique identification number that refers directly to the report that we send you, and is stored in our secure database for life.

If you have commercial microwave ovens we’ll discuss testing these for temperature rise, power and emissions, with you, but will not do them automatically, nor do we carry out needless lone emissions tests.

If we come across broken sockets, or those with earth faults we will report them to you, and fix if possible – we don’t charge you extra for this.

If any of your appliances have been fixed to the mains we will test them for earth continuity and discuss with you further action that can be taken, such as through a fixed appliance test.

Where you have messy cables under desks we’ll attempt to tidy them up; not only does it make your office neater but also our work next time will be easier. If your office is particularly busy or messy there may be a need for further cable management, which we can discuss with you and do out of hours.

You don’t need to be scared about servers being turned off; we work closely with you to protect your servers and will run through the options available which may even include a check for hot-spots with a thermal imaging camera. If your server isn’t locked away we’ll also talk to you about the benefits of lockable socket covers, which are easy to install and prevent plugs being removed accidentally.

If you have industrial appliances using adaptors of 16amps or more, such as 110v or 415v equipment; we can also test these. We will do repairs but there will be charges if we have to supply replacement adaptors, as they cost more than the per item rate we are likely to be charging for the test.

If you want to learn more about what PAT testing is our What is PAT Testing page would be a good place to start. 

  • We will only inspect and test the appliances that need testing, and not the ones that don’t

  • We recommend retest periods based on the risks of the appliance use – we don’t insist on annual testing

  • We carry out repairs automatically, replace defective plugs and incorrect fuses, for free

  • We remove old labels and apply ours neat and discreet

  • We tidy up messy cables as we go, leaving your office tidier!

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Why do we have to maintain electrical equipment?

Electrical equipment that is purchased from a reputable supplier should be of a satisfactory safety standard, but it must be maintained to stay that way, so that it does not deteriorate so far that it puts users at risk. 

It is recognised that PAT Testing is the easiest and best way to check electrical equipment is safe, and the process that is followed to achieve this includes carrying out repairs to ensure the appliance is safe. 

Using a local PAT testing company to do this is a benefit to you as it means if you need urgent help anytime you can call on your engineer to come out, who knows you and your business and will be the best possible help. 

PAT Testing is one of the most effective methods to minimise the electrical risks of faulty appliances to users; and it allows duty holders to fulfil their Health and Safety obligations to the regulations including:

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, by taking measures to minimise electrical hazards by inspecting and testing electrical equipment
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which places the responsibility of health and safety of persons in the workplace on the employer – including the self-employed – and employee
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 which requires the employer to carry out sufficient risk assessment of his/her workplace to minimise the risk to staff and visitors, whilst ensuring the health and safety policy of the company is fully implemented

If you do not undertake regular electrical testing, such as PAT Testing, then you leave yourself or your business open to all kinds of issues, should an incident occur. For example, if it is proven that you didn’t undertake appropriate preventative maintenance which resulted in injury or death, this could lead to prosecution from the Health and Safety Executive; and your business insurance could be rendered null and void if it is proven that appropriate measures didn’t take place.

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Managed PAT Testing Programmes

Regular PAT Testing at our standards ensures you comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations, and other Health and Safety requirements.

Over the years we have developed an excellent ongoing system for maintaining safe electrical equipment through inspection and testing which benefits our clients and is efficient in terms of time and cost. We call this our Managed PAT Testing Programme. Through our effective programme we aim to minimise disruption to your business, and to make the process easier we can be booked to work on weekends, or outside other working hours.

In addition to doing the actual PAT testing we will consult with you to determine the most appropriate retest periods for your equipment based on the risks associated with its use, and the requirements of your insurance company.

The law recommends that you compile a risk assessment for each appliance in order to determine frequency although it seems that guidance from your PAT testing company inline with HSE advice is an acceptable approach. We are able to guide you on appropriate measures that will both maintain safe equipment and ensure compliance.

Our local PAT testing engineers are experienced in working in a vast range of environments across the United Kingdom, from schools and colleges (we are checked by DBS), to offices, to small businesses, salons and doctors surgeries, to huge call centres and industrial environments, to building sites, care homes and airports, to pubs and restaurants, dental surgeries, caravan parks and rental properties (to name but a few).

All work that DRA PAT Testing Ltd do is underwritten by our comprehensive Public Liability Insurance and inline with the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association’s Working Standards.

What is PAT Testing?

This is a question many people ask. Everyone knows they need it doing but not everyone understands why. We have had clients book us to do their PAT testing and they didn’t even know why they needed it doing. Hopefully the information on this page will answer all the questions you have ever had about Portable Appliance Testing.

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the benefits of pat testing

The benefits of PAT Testing

Getting your appliances tested has many benefits, the biggest one being ‘saving lives’. However for most workplaces the biggest benefit of PAT testing is it ticks the box to say you’re doing what you can to ensure the electrical equipment you provide is safe to use, and thus meeting your obligations for health and safety at work. 

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PAT Testing Certificate Reports

Every time we complete a job we issue the client with a PAT Testing Certificate Report that details all the results of the tests we have carried out including information on any appliances that failed our tests, and guidance on further actions, including:

  • A list of each appliance tested, with its unique ID number
  • Broken down into locations at your site
  • A PAT testing Certificate
  • Guidance on failed appliances 
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Link to FAQs page

If you have a burning question about PAT testing you may find the answer to it on our FAQs page, a great starting point for any enquiry and where you will find an extensive lists of questions that have been asked over the years. 

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Local PAT Testing – the areas we cover

Wallsend

North Shields

Whitley Bay

Ponteland

Newburn

Gosforth

Blyth

Cramlington

Hexham

Rothbury

Alnwick

Kielder

We cover all the above areas and the areas around them; if your area is not listed get in touch as we can probably still help you

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