Portable Appliance Testing

Our Portable Appliance Testing service will give you peace of mind that your electrical equipment is safe

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5.0
Based on 146 reviews

We are the North East’s No. 1 PAT Testing Company

Are you looking for competent portable appliance testing specialists who have the experience needed to help you keep your electrical equipment safe?

We are an experienced business, trading since 2009, with over 1000 North East businesses already using us year after year to help them maintain safe equipment at work.

DRA PAT Testing Ltd provides office, school and business PAT Testing in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Durham – in fact we cover all of the North East of England.

We are the No. 1 PAT testing company in the North East, with more 5-Star Google reviews than any other PAT testers.

Call 📞  0191 6661009

for more information or to arrange your PAT testing

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https://www.patta.co.uk

We rated No.1 on Google by our clients

Professional, reliable and efficient PAT Testing service. Highly recommend.
Inga Davison
Inga Davison
09:13 16 Sep 21
We have used DRA for our PAT testing for many years and wouldn't go anywhere else. As a very busy NHS Dental practice, now with the added measures in place due to Covid restrictions, they worked around us with efficiency and professionalism.
Beverley Mitchelson
Beverley Mitchelson
11:24 13 Sep 21
PAT Testing
Lisa Marshall
Lisa Marshall
09:57 07 Sep 21
Asked Richard if he would be able to PAT a variety of equipment for work (110v &240v), came in when he said, was happy to answer questions, and carried out repairs as needed. Very PROFESSIONAL. Good rates.
Leighton Pearson
Leighton Pearson
08:54 07 Sep 21
These guys came out to PAT test some of our electrical catering hire equipment. On time, reasonably priced with excellent customer service. Highly recommended and no doubt I will be in touch with them again.
Richard Dos Santos
Richard Dos Santos
10:40 24 Aug 21
We always use these guys for our P.A.T testing, five star job. Friendly efficient and reliable.
Chris Williams
Chris Williams
14:03 10 Aug 21
Good friendly honest service, highly recommended.
darren haggerty
darren haggerty
13:51 02 Jul 21
Very speedy response, professional service and a fair price.
Guy Kirk
Guy Kirk
07:21 25 Jun 21
Richard was incredibly helpful and professional. Timely response to email requests and went above and beyond to fit in the PAT testing at our two sites.We would not hesitate to use him and DRA again.
Sarah Kilby
Sarah Kilby
08:40 17 Jun 21
DRA carried out PAT tests for all of our office appliances and equipment. Richard was very organised and efficient, and we received the certificates/report the same day.
Lizzy Chorley
Lizzy Chorley
15:06 16 Jun 21
Richard was fantastic with my last minute call to test equipment for an installation. The service was professional, the team is understanding, prompt and also a good laugh which is a bonus! Couldn't recommend enough.
Violeta Tsenova
Violeta Tsenova
19:42 31 May 21
Great company to work with. Will use again.
Donna Riseborough
Donna Riseborough
06:06 31 May 21
We always use DRA Electricals for our surgery. Another PAT testing complete. Very professional service. Highly recommend them.
Clare Phillips
Clare Phillips
09:30 27 May 21
Excellent service, hired for a full PAT test of the premises. Will absolutely Hire Richard again.
Be More Geek
Be More Geek
15:00 26 May 21
Very quick and professional, a great service and very helpful.
Jessica Hynes
Jessica Hynes
15:00 21 May 21
Richard carried out the pat testing for my Beauty Salon at very short notice which was greatly appreciated. He was very communicative, professional and efficient... I would highly recommend!
Sara Ball
Sara Ball
16:16 20 May 21
PAT Testing across 3 sites competed over2 days, minimum disruption, on time, good value. Fitted in with our schedule as a busy pub reopening during Covid recovery, took the pressure off.
Mark Hall
Mark Hall
06:04 19 May 21
I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful, professional service of DRA PAT Testing who recently checked over all of Seaham Sea Cadets equipment. We were over the moon with the conscientiousness and quality of service. Kyle and his colleague attending were superb, and extremely helpful, courteous and professional throughout - a glowing testament to a business to be both proud of and confident in. Thank you again, on behalf of all the Cadets, in helping us so much towards reopening and parading again; it is very much appreciated by all of us at the Unit. We look forward to booking DRA again next year and are very happy to recommend you to anyone.
Mark Walker
Mark Walker
19:19 13 May 21
Very professional service. Richard arrived on time and carried out the PAT tests very efficiently. Certificates received on the same day. I also liked how the pricing was clear on the website before I booked. Thank you!
Zoe Robertson
Zoe Robertson
19:22 10 May 21
Excellent service from the DRA team with special thanks to Rob. PAT testing completed at The People’s Kitchen with great efficiency. Will definitely use them again
keith armstrong
keith armstrong
21:17 06 May 21
PAT test- I was so impressed with the service. Rob went the extra mile to fit me in and also was conscientious enough to spot another device that needed testing which I hadn’t seen.
Rebecca Noble
Rebecca Noble
21:00 04 May 21
I have used DRA for several years now and will continue to do, so as I have always received fantastic service. They are prompt, friendly, efficient, great value and totally professional, and go out of their way to get things done in any circumstances. Thank you so much all at DRA. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall
09:02 29 Apr 21
DRA carried out our PAT Testing at MWE Architects LLP, they were very quick to respond to our enquiry and reasonably priced. They arrived on time, were very professional whilst in the office, especially as it was during the COVID crisis. We received our certificate promptly and good communication. Would definitely recommend.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
18:13 15 Apr 21
Great service, very speedy and helpful.
Laura Gellatly
Laura Gellatly
08:11 15 Apr 21
Just had our PAT testing done. Great service as always - arrived when expected, reliable and honest advice, minimum of disruption and prompt supply of certificates. First class service
Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
06:04 20 Mar 21
Fantastic service from DRA every time - efficient, professional, friendly and great value for money - we go back to DRA every time and they have provided great service without fail. Highly recommend.
Lairds House
Lairds House
13:13 17 Mar 21
Professional and friendly, sound advice, punctual, tidy, and great value. Highly recommended.
Andrea
Andrea
21:26 16 Mar 21
Very efficient service! Will be using again
Roisin McBride
Roisin McBride
12:17 09 Mar 21
So so pleased with the service from DRA PAT testing. Richard went above and beyond. We will definitely be using them again and will not hesitate to recommend them.
Emma Fitzsimmons
Emma Fitzsimmons
11:49 03 Mar 21
Excellent service. PAT testing completed as required. Very friendly and great communication.
Tricia Rook
Tricia Rook
20:21 25 Feb 21
I've used DRA for years now to carry out PAT testing at a rental property I own, always carry out the work quickly and efficiently, no hesitation in recommending their service!
The North Shields Heritology Project
The North Shields Heritology Project
10:56 22 Feb 21
We’ve used these twice now at work no issues what’s so ever quick response and friendly reliable service they will be go to pat test going forward highly recommend
Karl De Free
Karl De Free
16:32 09 Feb 21
been using them for PAT testing for at least 5 years, plus just completed fixed wire test
Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson
16:56 07 Feb 21
We have our annual PAT Testing completed each year by DRA PAT Testing and the service provided is to the highest of quality and standards.From Richard the boss to Rob the tester who came to my home to test our equipment. was friendly, polite and extremely efficient in their job updating us on the equipmentWould highly recommend DRA PAT Testing and we will continue to use them for years to come. Or until we retire, and then we can drink Meade talking to Odin about world domination.
roses dad
roses dad
12:19 10 Jan 21
Very professional company. Always gives reminder of inspections due. Very courteous staff - Rob - no problems, ever.
Raymond Grimes
Raymond Grimes
16:05 18 Dec 20
Managed to fit me in last minute. Great service. Friendly and Professional.
Benjamin Hedley
Benjamin Hedley
18:04 11 Dec 20
I have used the services of DRA PAT testing for several years and have always found them to be courteous, professional in the delivery of their services and friendly to deal with. I highly recommend them.
Chris Bowman
Chris Bowman
11:06 08 Dec 20
DRA PAT- thoroughly professional service, great communication and flexibility around our opening hours. A very pleasant engineer conducting the testing. Would use again for further PAT.
Joe Wood
Joe Wood
14:27 03 Dec 20
PAT testing carried out on all electricals in out large community building!Great Service! Cheers
WhitleyBay BigLocal
WhitleyBay BigLocal
16:44 27 Nov 20
As always, an excellent and reliable service. Due to covid19 guidelines we only had certain times available but Richard was more than accommodating and offered an alternative suggestion which meant we were able to get the whole school PAT tested, which we are so grateful for. Thank you!
Amy Young
Amy Young
14:15 17 Nov 20
Highly recommend DRA Pat testing! Excellent and reliable service from start to finish. Fantastic rates too. Will definitely use them again for all our PAT testing.
Samuel Zahn
Samuel Zahn
00:42 06 Nov 20
Amazing service and communication. Would highly recommend.
Alison Hogarth
Alison Hogarth
18:32 04 Nov 20
DRA PAT testing - used them to carry out PAT testing at the supported accommodation that I work at. Friendly and efficient service - flexible with time. Full PPE used to follow guidelines. We will be a returning customer again next year.
Lauren Woods
Lauren Woods
15:32 03 Nov 20
Absolutely fantastic, professional service carried out for PAT testing. Communication was prompt and efficient from start to finish. Would 100% recommend to others.
Alastair Barclay
Alastair Barclay
22:20 27 Oct 20
As always - very professional - great coms' - prompt - got on with the job in hand - as little disruption as possible,Would highly recommend.
Phil Lay
Phil Lay
07:52 26 Oct 20
The team were great. Gave me good honest advice and a very competitive price for my PAT test. They were extremely helpful and very friendly. Would recommend to anyone, couldn't thank them enough for being so helpful!
Kathryn Ramsay
Kathryn Ramsay
09:45 23 Oct 20
We contacted DRA to have some of our equipment tested for a job which was urgent. DRA couldn’t of helped anymore and were there the same day to ensure we could carryout our project.Great service and will continue to use for all our PAT testing requirements.
Derek Hunter
Derek Hunter
05:49 19 Oct 20
Really prompt clear communication and reasonable rates. Very happy customer.
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
16:25 07 Oct 20
Very reliable and easy to work with, as well very professional. We would recommend DRA for PAT tests.
Nigel Todd
Nigel Todd
13:23 07 Oct 20
Extremely professional and provided exceptional service. When asked a question on something they didn't cover, Richard introduced us to someone who could, which was above and beyond what I expected. I would certainly recommend them.
Lara Langdon
Lara Langdon
07:57 24 Sep 20
Easy to arrange PAT testing service from DRA PAT testing. The team were very friendly and reliable and completed the work with minimum disruption. We would highly recommend them to other businesses.
Lyndsey Everett
Lyndsey Everett
21:02 21 Sep 20
Proffessional, kept us updated all the way through, and we're very responsive, done the job when they said they would , thanks The Sun Studio and Swalwell barbers.
Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson
16:11 17 Sep 20
Excellent customer service, professional on site and great service.
Beth Brown
Beth Brown
10:14 15 Sep 20
Thank you so much DRA PAT Testing. The process to book testing, was very easy, and Richard could fit in the exact time frame we had. The tester had spare parts and was very professional and efficient, I gave him a quick tour of the building, and the testing was done promptly. Great value, and respectful of covid guidelines. I would highly recommend and we will be using DRA Testing in a years time.
Lucy Davidson
Lucy Davidson
15:12 10 Sep 20
Used Richard at DRA last couple of years for PAT testing on HMO property. Very professional and reliable which is what you need and even despite the challenges presented by Covid 19. Recommend
Vish Vedhara
Vish Vedhara
21:31 07 Aug 20
PAT testing - excellent service and highly recommend
Lesley Hunter
Lesley Hunter
09:43 06 Aug 20
Very professional and efficient team with excellent rates. Highly recommend.
Neil
Neil
11:39 04 Aug 20
Great Service throughout, highly recommend this company for your PAT Testing.
Ross Gibson
Ross Gibson
14:05 24 Jul 20
Been using DRA for pat tests for a few years now. Always a good service at a reasonable price.
Rob Platt
Rob Platt
21:01 03 Jul 20
Third year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly including communication about having to postpone and rearrange due to C19 shutdown. Will keep with this trusted service.
richard dell
richard dell
14:12 08 Jun 20
Definately recommend , they were on time, and very professional. Worked through our office very quickly. The final invoice was a pleasant surprise too so great value for money.
Lisa Hodges
Lisa Hodges
13:28 26 May 20
Efficient Service, Quality advice and reports, courteous and professional approach. Would recommend and will use again. Richard was very knowledgeable and considerate to the working environment.
Service Cavendish
Service Cavendish
08:37 18 Apr 20
Highly recommend Richard and his company. Completed our PAT testing without any disruption. Will be using every year from now on.
Matt Davison
Matt Davison
19:25 16 Apr 20
Job done quickly and efficiently. Great customer service, highly recommended!
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
Sarah Meggeson-Evans
18:17 06 Apr 20
Thank you so much Richard! Richard arranged and kindly did PAT Testing for all the equipment in my clinic, he attended perfectly on time, made sure it's arranged around the time I can be free. He even had spare parts and just changed them for me straightaway. He is very genuine, professional and kind. Great value in compare with other companies and very trustworthy. I've already asked him to book me in for my next PAT Testing and I definitely recommend him.
Mona Attarpour
Mona Attarpour
10:19 06 Apr 20
Service with a smile! We have always received a professional service at good rates, the after care is great too.
Juliette Hall
Juliette Hall
09:26 02 Apr 20
Always had excellent service from Richard at DRA, He's looked after a rental property we have for years now, and always turns up on time and does a great job. Highly recommend him!
Keith Spedding
Keith Spedding
14:08 01 Apr 20
Recently had the whole school tested, great value for money, excellent service, can highly recommend
Joanne Hogarth
Joanne Hogarth
12:58 01 Apr 20
Very helpful and good value for money. Very professional company.
CES Office
CES Office
11:47 01 Apr 20
Great service, used this company for a few years running and we are never disappointed. Very friendly and professional, we happily recommend to others and will continue to use then in the future
Katie Todd
Katie Todd
08:13 01 Apr 20
I've used Richard for the last 4 years, always sends reminders and is very competitive price wise. Nothing is a hassle and I'd recommend him for any work in his field.
David wake
David wake
20:30 31 Mar 20
We used DRA last year for the first time for our PAT testing, they were very proffesional, polite and friendly, so much so we recommended them to the company next door, who have had their PAT testings also carried out by PAT. We are more than happy to continue to use their services annually, and would recommend to all. They also offer other services including full wiring tests.
Laura Palmer
Laura Palmer
19:46 31 Mar 20
DRA has looked after my company's PAT testing for a number of years. They always send a reminder when our test is due, work quickly and efficiently and to a very high standard. Friendly, affordable and reliable.
Euan Preston
Euan Preston
19:29 31 Mar 20
Been using DRA since we opened our business in 2018. Great service, always professional and reliable.
galaxy74656
galaxy74656
19:20 31 Mar 20
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.
Charlotte
Charlotte
20:35 06 Feb 20
Richard and team completed our PAT testing last week in lightning speed; punctual, polite, great value and very efficient - I highly recommend DRA Electricals.
Debs H
Debs H
11:21 23 Dec 19
Very efficient service and good value. I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you.
Hannah Gilroy
Hannah Gilroy
09:23 21 Nov 19
used DRA Pat testing again this year, they even came in early to avoid any office disruption. Trustworthy and reliable as always
sabrina harris
sabrina harris
12:37 01 Oct 19
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. Thanks very much for making this a quick and painless process. Oakenclough Buildings Ltd.
Caroline Lamb
Caroline Lamb
08:11 12 Sep 19
I turned up unannounced, and without a word of complaint my PAT testing was done on the spot. Then certificate was emailed to me before I even arrived home. And the charge was memorably small! So please count me among your fans, DRA.
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott
16:33 05 Sep 19
I have known Richard since he set up and developed our Seaham Harbour website some 8 years ago.He managed the website for a number of years before he trained me and another member of our U3A to manage it ourselves.I’m pleased to say he still has overall control and we can always contact him if we encounter any problems.We haven’t had many problems but when we do Richard is very helpful and approachable, taking on the problem if we can’t solve it out ourselves.info@seahamharbourU3A
george fairweather
george fairweather
16:45 20 Aug 19
DRA have proved to be very professional and efficient for our PAT testing. DRA are happy to facilitate the flexibility of service required for a busy vet practice and their engineers are both courteous and friendly. We are happy to recommend.
Richard Cozens
Richard Cozens
12:17 27 Jun 19
Prompt, efficient and friendly service for the small job I needed doing. Thanks!
Joyce Winder
Joyce Winder
09:29 12 Jun 19
We've been using DRA for years now and the service is always good. The staff are courteous and helpful and the work is done at a reasonable price.
Cheryl Nyberg
Cheryl Nyberg
15:35 10 Jun 19
Very fast and reliable service. Friendly team.
MEXICATESSEN MX
MEXICATESSEN MX
21:05 07 May 19
We came across DRA last year having been recommended to use them for our office PAT testing. We obtained a number of quotes and DRA were the most competitive. They duly completed the work. Found their service exemplary. We were duly contacted by Richard this year 4 weeks ahead of our renewal date to remind us that the PAT testing was due for renewal. We had no hesitation in asking his firm to complete the work. They have been out and we are compliant for another 12 months. They provide a great service and would highly recommend. They politely remind you when the testing is due for renewal so you are always protected.
Mal Graeme
Mal Graeme
20:19 07 May 19
Have used DRA PAT testing for a number of years now, he is throughly knowledgeable about the job, whether testing normal or highly specialised equipment, is punctual and efficient and won't place any unnecessary extras or time onto the job. He supplies an excellent service and will be using him again in the future.
Duncan Baxter
Duncan Baxter
19:14 24 Apr 19
Very prompt and efficient service. We will definitely use DRA PAT Testing in the future.
NTE Limited
NTE Limited
14:49 09 Apr 19

PAT testing by us includes

CHAS membership is an all-in-one solution for contractors who want to adopt the best practices for risk prevention, meet excellent standards, and gain accreditation

✔️ Remedial repairs to the plug and flexible cable

✔️ Supply and fit of replacement 13a plugs and plug fuses

✔️ PAT Testing Certificate Report issued as a PDF document within 5 days

✔️ Reminders for retests so you’re always compliant

✔️ Experienced, competent PAT testing specialists

✔️ Contractors accredited for Health and Safety

We Specialise in PAT testing office equipment

With so much workplace electrical equipment these days being “IT” you need to be sure your PAT tester knows what they are doing with it! You need assurance that their equipment can safely test their sensitive parts without risking damage to the internal circuitry.

IT Equipment includes all computers, servers, printers, computer hardware, telecommunication assets, and other information technology-related equipment.

We use industry leading Seaward Apollo 600 PAT Testers – the best on the market – designed so they can guarantee not to damage your expensive IT equipment.

In addition to that we train all our engineers to not only test your office equipment but tidy it up too; they’ll sort out messy cables under desks, put them in order to improve efficiency and reduce the number of extension leads you use.

We teach our engineers the different types of IT equipment, the specialist names of server equipment and so they know at least the basic IT management skills needed to ensure your equipment is both safe from us and safe for you to keep using.

Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester and PAT testing labels
Seaward logo - Experts in what we do

PAT testing helps you meet these legal regulations

PAT testing is preventative maintenance – it confirms whether or not an appliance is safe to use and we provide you with a PAT Testing Certificate as evidence of your compliance with UK workplace regulations..

✅  Regular electrical inspection and testing helps you ensure electrical equipment is safe

✅  PAT 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 electrical 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

✅  If the plug of an appliance doesn’t meet the Plugs and sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 we will change it for one that does.

Arrange your Portable Appliance Testing

We carry out Portable Appliance Testing for clients across the North East, and the UK, and hope to work with you too. Our prices are fair, but sensible. By providing our engineers with proper wages (salary) rather than piece rate (per item) they know they have time to do a thorough job – to do proper visual inspections, carry out repairs and help you maintain a safe workplace… unlike cheaper companies who pay their staff minimum wage or less. In addition to the PAT test we..

  • Tidy up messy cables
  • Reduce or address the issue of too many extension leads
  • Guide you to improve safety
  • Work with our clients Long term without tied in contracts
  • Carry out remedial repairs free of charge

If you want to arrange your PAT testing through us complete this form today, email info@draelectricals.co.uk or call 0191 666 1009. 

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Our PAT Testing Service includes

Free Remedial Repairs
Free Replacement Plugs
Free Replacement Fuses
Same-day PAT Test Certificates
Guidance for retest periods
Timely Retest Reminders

All you ever wanted to know about PAT testing (or didn’t)

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Every workplace, including yours, will have electrical appliances, and is governed by the Health and Safety at Work Act. Health and Safety includes prevention of accidents from electrical equipment, which is referenced in the electrical regulations including the Electricity at Work Regs.

In order to prevent electrical accidents such as fire or (electric) shock, appliances must maintain safety standards – those same standards that the manufacturer was led by when they made the appliance. When made the appliance met these standards, and its expected that the appliance will continue to meet these standards throughout its life.

You can check the appliance continues to meet safety standards by getting it safety checked, through the process that we do, called Portable Appliance Testing. 

Portable appliance testing is a part of the umbrella term of electrical inspection and testing which covers all electrical using installations including the mains wiring, as well as portable and fixed equipment. Fixed equipment and wiring needs inspecting by a qualified, registered electrician and portable appliances get done by competent PAT testers.

Every electrical appliance fitted with a plug, and appliances that had a plug but now are hard wired need inspecting and testing on a regular basis to make sure they are still safe to use. This may need doing as often as every 3 months for power tools on a building site to every 5 years for fixed equipment like computer server systems, but in most cases businesses tend to get their appliances tested every year to make sure no new defects are missed.

Computers sat on desks in an office for example should only need a test every 3-4 years but should be inspected every 1-2 years to be sure they’re ok. But to cover all possible issues we carry out a test anyway, to be sure. The HSE and IET recommend a complicated system of visual inspection and combined inspection and test at different intervals but years of experience have taught us that swapping between inspections and tests at intervals only leads to confusion over what has been done so it’s easier to follow the path of the full combined inspection and testing phase every time. If you want to learn more about PAT Testing frequency see that page, or just talk to our operatives when they’re on site testing your electrical equipment.

All this means to you is you get a more thorough inspection every time. 

Most electrical appliances have 3-pin plugs that we’re all used to, and use every day at home and work. Usually powering our kettles, microwave ovens, hair driers, computers and mobile phones, but some appliances have been made for or adjusted for use in industrial settings, commercial kitchens and so on, and have non-standard adaptors operating off (e.g.) 16 and 32amp 110v, 230v and 400v adaptors. All these have to be checked by a PAT tester or other suitably competent person.

Portable appliances have safety systems in place including the protective sheath around the cables, fuses to protect the cable, insulation on plug pins, and internal systems such as earth connections and double insulation. All these need checking by the PAT tester. Every appliance has a plug, cable, and so on, but depending on the make up of the appliance it may rely on earth as well as insulation protection.

So, as a PAT tester we do a visual inspection on every appliance, then if needed we also test for:

  • Earth continuity (when earth protection is needed)
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Polarity (of leads)

Be careful if you choose these super cheap national companies who send a badly paid engineer to do the job; in order to make a basic wage he has to record around 500 items a day; its just not possible to test 500 items every day so he’ll cut corners or make up the results in order to make his money. Whilst this may seem bad it happens a lot in the industry, and our national standards body, the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is working hard to eradicate this. The 65p per item they charge you may seem a bargain, but if they don’t do what they say, and an accident happens, you are still responsible for the repercussions so be sure they did a thorough job. 

Some appliances don’t need any tests, the visual inspection being enough, and these are appliances without exposed conductive metal parts. You don’t need to worry which appliance requires what test because your PAT tester knows, and will do what needs doing, in order to make sure your equipment is safe to help you comply with the legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Even More Portable Appliance Testing Information

Firstly, lets clear up the confusions…

  1. Portable Appliance Testing and PAT testing are the same thing
  2. “Portable” means it can be unplugged
  3. A “portable” appliance is fitted with a plug that needs to be put into a socket to get power, or removed from a socket to cut the power
  4. Portable Appliance Testing (or PAT Testing) is a process carried out on electrical equipment fitted with a plug to make sure it is safe
  5. PAT testing is part of Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations and Systems

Electrical appliances that were manufactured to have a plug, but have had the plug removed and been hard wired, also require testing, but they are now called “Fixed” appliances. Fixed appliances should only be tested by someone competent to do so, like an electrician or trained PAT testing engineer (not many PAT testers can test fixed appliances). Fixed appliances are not just appliances that used to have a plug but also appliances that were never intended to have a plug, like hand-driers in toilets. The PAT tester if competent to do so, will usually only test the fixed appliances that used to be portable. More Information on Fixed appliance testing is here. 

Is Portable Appliance Testing a Legal Requirement?

Many people say it’s not, but, it is. Portable Appliance Testing is a legal requirement IF you want to be able to prove your electrical equipment is safe. You are required by UK workplace law to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe to use, and the only way to do that is to get it PAT tested. The PAT test checks equipment is being used correctly, in the correct environment and is safe to use; it flags up maintenance needs, and in most cases the engineer will do the repair for you, and it helps you determine the risk factor of the appliance. Furthermore you are provided with records; the Portable Appliance Testing Certificate Report gives you the documentation you need to prove that your electrical equipment is safe to use, helping you comply with the regulations.

What does Portable Appliance Testing do?

Portable Appliance Testing…

  • Reduces the chances of an electric shock (by maintaining safe equipment)
  • Reduces the chances of an appliance overheating and catching fire (by making sure it’s used correctly)
  • Helps you comply with electrical regulations 

An incorrectly used appliance such as daisy chained socket blocks or overloaded socket blocks could lead to a fire; using an appliance not suitable for the working environment could lead to an accident and using a badly maintained appliance could lead to a user getting a shock. 

To get an electric shock off an appliance you have to come into contact with exposed conductive metal (metal that’s on the outside that’s also connected on the inside); in normal conditions this is perfectly fine but if there is a fault the part could become damaged – 

If an appliance has exposed metal then it’ll have measures in place to protect you such as earthing or double insulation

Just to confuse matters some appliances have metal used for effect or decoration that are not connected inside and won’t become live. 

An appliance fully double insulated with no exposed metal parts doesn’t require any tests but should be inspected visually for any damage. If it’s damaged you could come into contact with “live” metal parts and get a shock; so it’s important to regularly visually inspect the appliance. This must be done by a competent person; ideally the PAT tester but if you have a competent person in-house they could do it. 

All other appliances also require the visual inspection prior to any electrical tests being carried out; to protect the tester. 

An appliance that is double insulated with exposed conductive metal parts requires an insulation test to make sure the insulation is working correctly,  

An appliance that also relies on earth protection in addition to the double insulation will require a test on the earthing to make sure that’s working correctly. 

Finally a power lead that has an earth wire will also need testing for “polarity” to make sure it’s wired correctly all the way through and not damaged in any way. 

What makes us different?

By charging a sensible rate that allows us to make a good wage, we are in a position where we do not need to rush our work to get the job done. Many of these bigger firms that offer you low rates per item, pay their staff peanuts, and give them hard to achieve targets. For example, you may be 60p per item but the engineer will only get 20p. He will need to test 500 items a day to make £100.00. He won’t get paid for fuel and travel time. He also doesn’t get paid for repairs he carries out, so he doesn’t bother. A simple fuse change or cable cut will go down as a fail, disrupting your business and leading to extra expense for you.

We don’t charge for repairs, but we do them. We agree with you a fixed price for the job or a sensible per item price, like £1.00 per item. A sensible price means we can make a good wage off the job, as a company we can pay our engineers a good salary, and no body needs to rush their day, because they’re getting paid whether they’re testing, repairing, or simply talking with their clients. We reward our engineers for building rapport with their customers, and in most cases the same engineer will return to your site every time we come, building up a good knowledge of your business, your working practices, even getting to know you and your staff. This makes for a good relationship and helps you; it also means we know everything we know long term, to help guide you on risk assessments etc so you can make the most of our expertise, so you only get what needs testing when it needs it rather than just getting everything done every year.

We also, tidy up as we go. Messy cables don’t look nice, and aren’t efficient; it also makes our job harder, so we tidy them as we go; unplugging them and sorting them out so when we come back our job is easier; and your office looks tidier. We’ll also look at your use of socket block extensions, to see where we can reduce what you’re using, reducing the chances of overheating.

We can also help with other areas, if needed, like Microwave emissions testing, fixed wiring inspections (EICR) and general electrical maintenance.

We can do pre-quote site surveys

  • If we visit your site before we quote it benefits us both…
  • We meet and you get to know who we are; and we get to know you
  • We see your workplace, the environment and the job so we’re quoting right.
  • We are able to work out how many appliances you have and how long we think the job will take

Taking all this into account allows us to quote you a fixed price for the job. A fixed price means no nasty surprises when the invoice comes in, and a happier customer. Say for example we quote you £200 to test 200 items in your office and we test 250 – we still charge you £200 because the difference is our fault. If however, you agree to pay a per item company £1.00 per item, they’ll charge you £250.

If you prefer a price item job we can do that too.

Our way works

We know that the way we operate works; we have over 1000 clients; most of whom work with us long term. If what we do didnt work well they would go elsewhere, but they don’t, and you shouldn’t either, because we can help you. We’ll take away all your queries and concerns and leave you with safe electrical equipment, guidance on what to do next and compliant with the regulations. And we will ensure you always remain compliant with regular reminders and retests, and help with other electrical maintenance work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does PAT testing cost?

Our North East portable appliance testing prices start from just £45.00 for the first 20 items, with a price per item depending on the number of appliances to test. See our PAT testing prices page for more information or contact us for a personal PAT testing quote using this form.

We also offer prices based on time, which usually works out cheaper for you, and easier to budget for.

What’s included in the price?

  1. Rewiring of plugs and replacement parts
  2. Supply and fit of replacement plugs to meet British Standards
  3. Supply and fit of replacement fuses (3, 5, 10 and 13amps)
  4. A tidy up and sort out of messy cables
  5. Guidance on how to improve safety measures
  6. Unique ID numbered label for every appliance
  7. Failure report detailing failures and actions
  8. Itemised report of passed appliances including electrical readings
  9. Certificate of compliance
  10. Reminders for retests so you’re always compliant

How often is Portable Appliance Testing needed?

Portable Appliance Testing should be repeated as often as is necessary to eliminate the risk of an appliance becoming dangerous; most people get equipment tested annually as it is good practice and usually ensures equipment maintenance is kept up to date. In some environments like on a building site or a factory where power tools get frequently damaged more testing is needed more often.

We follow guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and the latest IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

In turn we can guide you on what would be best for your site.

What records need keeping?

Although there is no mandatory requirement to produce and keep records on the condition of electrical equipment the HSE ‘Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations’ (HS(R)25) advises that records of maintenance, including test results, will enable the condition of equipment and the effectiveness of maintenance policies to be monitored.

HSE guidance states that “In the event of a prosecution arising from an injury relating to a portable appliance, it would assist the employer’s case if they can produce up to date, accurate records to indicate that they had taken reasonable actions to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989”.

An itemised PAT test Certificate will provide the regulatory evidence that is required. 

When is portable appliance testing required?

The UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) states at Regulation 4(1): “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adopted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.”

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states at Regulation 4(2): “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”

This means that employers (and the self-employed) must ensure that all electrical work equipment is safe, suitable for the purpose and properly maintained in good order.

Regular Portable Appliance Testing will do this. 

a range of electrical appliances that will need portable appliance testing

Reasons to choose DRA PAT Testing

  • We operate high standards at all times; every appliance is checked inline with the latest IET, HSE and PATTA guidance

  • Our engineers are experienced, well trained and are encouraged to take their time to ensure every appliance is maintained to a high standard

  • We provide you with a fully comprehensive, itemised, location separated PAT Testing Certificate Report within 5 days of the job.

  • We don’t have any hidden charges, and agree a fixed price with you before doing the job

  • We offer free site visits to discuss your needs and count your appliances before quoting for a job with higher numbers

We cover all of the North East of England so whether you are in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside or North Yorkshire, we can help.

seaward Apollo 600 local pat testing portable appliance testing machine
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Every Portable Appliance Testing job includes as standard…

electrical plugs and fuses

Free Repairs & Parts

Plugs get damaged or the wrong fuse gets fitted; if we find a fault or repair that's needed we do it automatically, nearly always without charge
portable appliance testing pat testing machine the seaward Apollo 600; seaward are leading pat testing manufacturers based in County Durham in the north east of england

Prompt PAT Test Certificates

We issue PAT testing Certificates within 5 days of the job completing; same day certificates can be arranged if you're really in a hurry
tidy electrical cables on desks

Free Cable Tidying

Plugs and wires get messy in and around desks; some companies charge extra to sort them out - we do it automatically as we go to improve safety and efficiency

How to Contact Us

Arranging your PAT testing couldn’t be easier, but we do need to know what the job entails. Get a price online right now using our appointment booking system, or email us to discuss your requirements and for a personal quote, or call us. Whichever option works best for you, it is available here. If you’re unsure and want more help we can come to see you before quoting.