Providing PAT testing in Northumberland to homes and businesses
We specialise in Portable Appliance Testing aka PAT testing
PAT testing Northumberland – Hello and welcome to DRA PAT Testing Limited, I am Richard, owner of the company and a PAT engineer with over 10 years experience. Here at DRA, we specialise in Portable Appliance Testing of electrical equipment in all kinds of workplaces such as offices, doctors surgeries, hotels, schools, salons, small business premises, etc.
We are able to test all types of equipment and can cover most jobs throughout Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Co. Durham
We like to think we have a good reputation, see our testimonials page for what other clients think. We consider ourselves to be reliable and professional, we work to standards we know some other testers don’t, for example, we remove previous labels and believe in being neat and tidy at all times, whilst being discreet and keeping your business disruption to a minimum.
If you were to ask where our specialist area lay, I would say it is in pat testing IT equipment in offices.
We also do a lot of work for landlords in rented properties, holiday lets etc. National companies don’t tend to take this kind of work on but we consider PAT testing for landlords to be a large part of our business.
An introduction to DRA PAT Testing and what we do
Why it is so important that we do PAT testing?
On a regular basis we meet people who say things like “PAT testing is a waste of money, I know how to wire a plug”, or “all you do is stick stickers on things”.. and then we see what they can do. We’ve seen plugs wired so badly they’re an electric shock waiting to happen, or they care so little for electrical safety we’re questioning when their business will burn to the ground. It is scary how many people who don’t value portable appliance testing don’t know how to wire a plug.
There’s actually a lot of people who look down on the values of PAT; they think it is a waste of time and money, and I’ll admit in some cases it is, but for most people, when it is done right it can be a life saver. These days genuine appliances are made so well the chance of getting an electric shock are slim, but there are also a lot of appliances made badly that are flooding our markets, imported from countries without our manufacturing standards that pose a real fire risk. Finding these appliances is something a PAT tester does; he’ll also make sure you’re using appliances in the right way, such as not overloading extension leads. Appliances do also get damaged at work, so we’ll repair them, and also make sure they are up to their task. How often does your work microwave or kettle stop working, or trip the power? Have you ever wondered why this happens but doesn’t happen at home?
Around 33% of accidental fires in the UK are down to electrical issues
Over 1000 workplace accidents are reported each year that involve electric shock or burns
The benefits of Portable Appliance Testing
Portable Appliance Testing is a peace of mind service; it is essential for compliance with UK workplace regulations, as it confirms electrical equipment is safe for continued use, which you are required to ensure, but it also confirms that electrical equipment is safe. The benefit of pat testing is that when an appliance is found to be defective it will be repaired or flagged for repair, which in turn makes it safe too, reducing the risk of a later fire or electrical accident.
When on site we’ll discuss with you any issues, or areas of concern that we can help to fix, and consider the pat testing frequency (retest period).
When all the work is complete, back at our office, we download the results and convert them into a PAT Testing Certificate Report which we send to you as a pdf for your approval. We will then send the invoice for payment.
How many items of equipment need PAT Testing?
Portable appliance testing covers all types of electrical equipment intended to have a plug on by the manufacturer. To confuse things it also includes electrical appliances that do not have a plug, that have been fixed to the mains via a fused spur unit. You don’t really have to worry about that too much as we’ll manage that for you.
What you do need to know is how many appliances (or items) you have for testing, which you can work out by counting each appliance in your workplace. Some appliances will have detachable cord sets which will increase the number; the detachable power cord is an appliance in itself which will need testing, so is another item, as are power adaptors. Don’t worry about it too much but when you contact us having an idea how many appliances are computers, monitors and printers, will help us to work out the numbers for you. Or simply telling us you have 100 desks each with a computer and 2 screens is a good start. If you have a lot of equipment (over 250 for example) we will both benefit from us doing a free site survey before the job, just to prevent any shocking surprises later.
PAT Testing North East – PAT Testing Newcastle upon Tyne – PAT Testing Durham
We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and cover all of the North East of England, wherever you are, including Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Washington, Blyth, Alnwick etc.
We are competent to test a full range of portable and fixed electrical equipment to help you comply with workplace legal requirements, to reduce the risk of electrical fires and accidents and reduce financial loss, keep insurance companies happy and maintain safe working environments.
Whether you need a contractor to follow your requirements or want us to manage your electrical safety on your behalf, we have the ability to help.
“DRA PAT Testing have helped UK businesses to maintain safe electrical appliances for over 10 years”
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