Portable Appliance Testing

This page is for information on Portable Appliance Testing, for those that need it. If that is you, read on. If not, and you actually want to speak to us about your testing, please just get in touch.

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PAT testing helps you meet these legal regulations

PAT testing is important because it confirms whether or not an appliance is safe to use (by inspecting and testing); the engineer will usually carry out repairs if there is a fault (maintenance) and it provides you with a PAT Testing Certificate (records) – all of which help you to comply with UK workplace regulations and insurance, including..

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

A PAT engineer will assess 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

✅ 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.

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. 

What our clients say about us

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
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. Thanks guys.
Accruent Kykloud
Accruent Kykloud
13:35 09 Apr 19
Would Highly recommend Richard as he provides a Very prompt & professional service.
Steve Matthews
Steve Matthews
10:49 18 Jun 18
Thank you for your efforts at Wallsend SNU Spiritualist Church during the PAT Testing. Your were efficient, polite and very informative. You even replaced a plug top for us that was broken which saved us replacing it ourselves. Would happily recommend you to anyone looking for their own PAT Testing.
Margaret Bickle
Margaret Bickle
19:56 27 Apr 18
Consistently excellent service. Thanks Richard.
Euan Preston
Euan Preston
11:15 25 Apr 18
Our Fixed Wiring test was done promptly and competitively. Thank you.
Jill Roe
Jill Roe
11:57 19 Apr 18
Very professional.prompt ,reliable service .All work completed in the specified time .Richard is very polite and explains everything .Used DRA for a few years now and would highly recommend to anyone.Good PAT testing companies are very hard to come by.Excellent all round....
Albert Leslie
Albert Leslie
13:21 18 Apr 18
Richard was great at arranging PAT testing at our veterinary surgery. We were really busy and Richard managed to test all our devices without disruption. He was very patient working around our consults and was really helpful. Hope to see you next year
helen murray
helen murray
09:29 16 Apr 18

The PAT Testing Service we provide you with

Free Remedial Repairs

If the existing plug or flexible cable needs a repair, we’ll do that for free, automatically

Free plugs & fuses

If the plug or fuse needs changing; we’ll supply and fit for free

Professional labels

We use company branded, pre-printed purple labels with unique ID numbers

Prompt Certificates

We issue your PAT Testing Certificate within 5 days of completing the job; sooner if needed

Guidance on retests

We’ll work with you to find the best retest periods for your equipment, based on the risks

Timely Reminders

We send you a reminder for retest appointments approx 8 weeks in advance

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing is a process carried out to check electrical appliances are safe to use. A series of visual inspections by a competent PAT testing engineer followed by (when necessary) electrical tests, are carried out on electrical equipment to determine if the appliance is safe.

An appliance found to be faulty may be repairable by the engineer or another specialist but should be taken out of use until it has been repaired and thus deemed safe.

If it can’t be repaired when the PAT test is being done, it’ll be “failed”, and should not be used until it has been repaired; before it goes back into service it should be PAT tested again to ensure it is logged in the appliance register with the other equipment.

Electrical appliances have to be maintained to safe standards so that users don’t get an electric shock or so that the appliance doesn’t overheat and catch fire. As a user of electrical equipment at work you need the assurance that the equipment your employers provide is safe to be used. If the appliance has been PAT tested, you feel safer. This is a standard practice in the United Kingdom. Portable Appliance Testing is the process that is carried out to make sure electrical equipment that has a plug on (anything you plug in) is safe; and if not safe is either repaired or removed from use.

Most issues (defects) are found by a visual inspection by a competent person, i.e. the PAT tester (us) or a competent person from your workforce. When a defect is found it has to be repaired; a person needs to be competent to repair an electrical plug, cable or appliance. You as an employer or business owner, will need to enlist the help of a PAT testing company to carry out inspections and testing of your electrical equipment to make sure it’s safe.

We can help you set up an in-house system whereby a member of staff may be deemed competent to do visual inspections at set intervals, or train your staff on user-checks, and at appropriate intervals we come in and test your equipment. This makes up an Electrical Safety Maintenance Programme. Or we can manage the full process on your behalf. Either way we assess the risks so you are inspected and tested at appropriate intervals without unnecessary PAT tests being conducted, thus giving you value for money and peace of mind.

Portable Appliance Testing (also known as PAT Testing) is the most recognised method to check electrical equipment is SAFE to use.

You are legally required to ensure that all electrical equipment used at work (or for work purposes) is safe to use, so that it doesn’t put users at risk or its misuse lead to a fire. The best way to check this is through regular PAT testing.

The PAT tests should be carried out by a specialist company, as often as is necessary to ensure that safety continues. This could be as often as every 3-month for power tools on a building site to every 5 years for a IT server system in an office. We will work with you to ensure your electrical equipment is checked enough to stay safe.

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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.

Portable Appliance Testing Info

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.

Heard enough?

Hopefully you have heard enough and are ready to meet us and work with us. Contact us now to get a quote or arrange a site survey.

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a range of electrical appliances that will need portable appliance testing

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.

Uk electric 13amp plug BS1363 which requires portable appliance testing

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. 

seaward Apollo 600 local pat testing portable appliance testing machine

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
UK plugs plugged into an extension lead showing DRA PAT Testing purple pat testing labels
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