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Specialist providers of Office PAT Testing

We have carried out thousands of PAT testing jobs in offices without any issues, so rest assured if you choose us to do your office PAT testing you’re in safe, experienced hands.

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We can do your office PAT testing for you

If you are looking for someone to carry out PAT testing in your office you have come to the right place. We are experts in office PAT testing, having specialised in PAT testing IT equipment for many years.

When you are arranging your office PAT testing you need

Engineers that know how to best test sensitive IT equipment so it doesn’t get damaged internally

Pat testers who understand the intricacies of server systems, and what each part is

Engineers who can test your office equipment efficiently whilst minimising the down time for your staff

Guidance on how often you need to get retests done – annual PAT testing isn’t required in most offices.

We can help you with all of this. What makes our service even better is we will…

Send you email reminders when your equipment needs testing again, so you’re always compliant (with telephone follow up if you don’t respond)

Give you a dedicated engineer who will work with you long term. We’re a small business, with one owner and a small team; together we’ll work with you to ensure your systems are always safe and compliant

Work with you on the day of testing to get the work done quickly with minimal disruption to your business.

Carry out repairs free of charge to help ensure equipment passes, such as repairing damaged cables, replacing damaged plugs, replacing incorrect fuses and helping you make sure all your equipment meets British Safety Standards

Provide cable management services (basically tidy up messy cables) as we work

Remove our old labels, or the previous company’s labels, and apply ours neat and discreet

Guide you in ways to maintain or improve safety in your office, such as reducing the overuse of extension leads

Get you a discount off your fixed wiring inspections (EICR) when that is due.

Send your fully itemised (with electrical results) PAT Testing Certificate Report to you as a PDF document within 5 days of the job being done, and an excel version if you need it.

And we will do this without breaking the bank; our prices are very competitive and fair, with the best discounts offered for office PAT testing.

We are here to help you. When you choose us to PAT test your electrical equipment you get peace of mind that we will help you maintain safe equipment; if we find faults we will fix them, we will guide you in ways to improve your electrical safety – we will provide you with paperwork to support you when you need it.

It is our aim to help business owners understand and manage their electrical safety – we can help you with your electrical equipment (with plugs and ‘hard’ wired) and your mains wiring (EICR).

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PAT Testing Offices & Low Risk Workplaces

PAT testing office equipment or other workplaces that have offices can be daunting for you from an organisation perspective. When you think of how you’re going to manage it, the disruption, getting people off their computers and so on, you don’t need to worry.

We have been testing offices for years and have loads of experience. We now know the best ways to do our job to minimise disruption and work with you to ensure the whole process runs smoothly for all of us.

Once we see the job, either in advance during a survey, or on the job we will advise you of the best course of action to get the job done quickly with minimal fuss.

Office equipment such as IEC leads are tested separately and will have their own result, PCs, printers, laptop chargers, photo copiers, servers, network switches and UPS battery backups can all be tested safely with our test equipment.

What our clients say about us…

Would recommend this company, fast efficient service and they kept us updated from initial enquiry through to completion of testing.
Great work. Needed things done for a deadline and managed to fit me in and work around me.Easy to talk to. Open to my million questions.Would highly recommend!
Arbor Division
Arbor Division
Excellent, efficient service. Engineer (Richard) arrived on time meaning the tests were completed with no disruption to our day. No hesitation in recommending DRA, very happy with the service 😊
Peter Robson
Peter Robson
Easy to book the testing. Kyle arrived at the appointed time at my property in Sunderland and carried out the testing very methodically. Report and certification supplied quickly. Very happy with the service, communications and pricing. Highly recommended.
Michael Wharton
Michael Wharton
Excellent speedy service at a competitive price. Engineer turned up at appointed time, huge bonus from this firm. Will definitely use again.
David Hill
David Hill
Came when they said they would; did testing and repairs professionally; very obliging and helpful; good value too
Nile Warde
Nile Warde
Great work done very efficiently.
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
DRA PAT Testing have carried out our annual testing for a few years and we always find them very professional and friendly. Their communication is excellent and always on time and issuing the report very quickly. They always send a reminder each year near the renewal time which is very useful. We Would continue using them and recommend.1
Louise Appleby
Louise Appleby
We've used this company for years, they're friendly, really reliable and a competitive price. Definitely recommend them.
Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
First time using DRA PAT testing but can highly recommend, the service was excellent and the guys arrived in the office and efficiently carried out all the testing with minimal disruption, will definitely use again
DRA was recommended to us and from the initial arranging the PAT Testing to the PAT Testing being carry out was straight forward. Jane carried out the testing, she was polite, answered any questions and just got on with the job without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend.
Tina Ashcroft
Tina Ashcroft
PAT testing of electrical items for uni student. Great service, prompt, efficient and friendly, made time for a small job. Would recommend 100%
Mark Faetz
Mark Faetz
First time using DRA and won’t be the last! The whole process was made so simple and any necessary repairs carried out there and then. Jane carried out our testing and she’s a credit to her team she just got on with it without any interruptions you wouldn’t even know she was there. Would highly recommend
Molly Hogg
Molly Hogg
Very quick and reliable. Came out to PAT test my home office equipment. Many thanks.
Jane and Richard provided PAT testing. They were friendly, professional and helpful. I’ll be using them again.
Andrew Cumiskey
Andrew Cumiskey
Excellent service, professional, on time and easy to book.
Alison Donkin
Alison Donkin
Kyle arrived on time and was friendly, helpful and efficient. We had 42 items that required testing. The process of arranging the inspection was easy and everone in the team whom we dealt with were courteous and efficient, fitting in to our schedule. Would recommend
Terry Garnish
Terry Garnish
Very friendly & on time good prices I highly recommend….
This is the third year that DRA Pat Testing have checked my appliances and it was great to meet Jane this time who was friendly, efficient and punctual. I really appreciate the timely reminder to book the next appointment. Thanks, see you next year!
Newcastle Stand
Newcastle Stand
DRA PAT Testing have been carrying out our pat testing the last couple of years and we couldn't be happier with their services! Friendly while professional, great communication, worked around our schedule, report issued promptly. Their reminders have been very useful too! Would definitely recommend.
Alan Scott
Alan Scott
Top service as always. I wouldn't use anyone else. The guys are happy to work around out times so the class isn't disturbed. See you next year!
Keith Jewitt
Keith Jewitt
Received a great service from DRA, professional & happy to work around our business needs. Would definitely recommend & use again.
Absolutely fantastic service; very prompt, and a lovely team of engineers. Will definitely make this our yearly go-to company for PAT testing. Cheers team!
Pat Barraclough
Pat Barraclough
Visited by the Lads to do our PAT Testing, very relaxed, chatty and knowledgeable. Good Job by DRA , very happy with the service 😃
Jane came out and did our Pat Testing, she was friendly and very professional. Report was issued promptly.She also worked around our workload which was greatly appreciated.Great service - thanks again!
Nicola Bath
Nicola Bath
Great service by DRA Pat Testing, super professional response to my enquiry and Jane did a fab job for us testing our equipment and getting us fully compliant again. Will use again and would recommend.
David Byrne
David Byrne
Very punctual and also very efficient. Jane was keen to be sure she had seen everything that needed testing and was in every way professional. Well done! We will certainly use your company again.
Excellent communication, DRA were flexible enough to fit in with our business operating hours and what rooms were available when. Thorough and efficient testing, our certificate arrived promptly. Highly recommended.
We've used DRA PAT Testing twice now, they are great with their communication, and always very thorough and efficient when they come in to test. Would recommend to anyone who needs PAT testing done!
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor
Great service. Friendly and competent engineer.
Liz Pattinson
Liz Pattinson
I have just had my annual PAT testing completed by Jean from DRA Pat Testing and once again have received great service. If you are looking for a professional and reliable PAT testing company, I would strongly recommend them to you.
Ruth Humpherson
Ruth Humpherson
Always use DRA for our annual PAT testing, super professional, great communication and lovely staff. highly recommend
David Thompson
David Thompson
Brilliant service, efficient and polite.Excellent value for money.
Derek B
Derek B
DRA came recommended and I know why - they were excellent at all stages, from initial contact right through to job completion. Top class professional team - will certainlty be returning 🙂
louisa fakili
louisa fakili
A great company would not go anywhere else. When I needed my inspection done quickly they moved my appointment up 2 weeks earlier nothing was a problem. Would definitely recommend.
This is the second time we have used DRA PAT testing. Jane was excellent and efficient and the service we received was first class.
Keith Middleton
Keith Middleton
Prompt, exceptional service, good value for money. Test certificate delivered the same day. Second year I've used them, a big help when they come to you. Nothings a bother.
Jane Potts was brill.She was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful etc etc.The job was done carefully, thoroughly and precisely.What more is there to say.Well done DRA
Nic Devine
Nic Devine
Lovely staff member Jane, very professional and timely and minimum disruption whilst completing PAT testing at Skills North East. Great company
richard dell
richard dell
Fifth year we have used DRA PAT Testing and very happy with the service provided at a competitive price. Everything went smoothly. Will keep with this trusted service.
Elliott Hails
Elliott Hails
We had Jane from DRA Electricals attend our office at Mitchells Chartered Accountants to carry out our annual PAT testing.Jane was very thorough and tidy with her work and polite at all times.Would recommend DRA for their PAT testing.
Great company, reliable and thorough in their checks. Value for money.
Neo Wellness
Neo Wellness
I used the PAT test service for all equipments i do for my customers and Jane did it very professional and good manner.I got receipt and all report afterward. Recommend !!!!Mandal Wellness Spa
barrie webster
barrie webster
Used DRA now for several years carrying out PAT testing. Always polite, professional service, and above all reliable - helps a lot when you're dealing with tenant access. In short you don't need to go anywhere else.
DRA have been doing our PAT testing for a few years now and we have always received a professional and affordable service and Jane was no exception. She was friendly, helpful and professional (even with my million questions as I like to find out the hows and whys of everything!). I'd recommend DRA to anyone. Thank you again 🙂
Paul Matthewson
Paul Matthewson
Rob the testing engineer arrived on time. Communicated well to start the testing immediately after a small walk around. He Worked well with all concerned to get all the items tested within the day and was willing to stay till completed. Test Report was received the same day for all items and they will be booked in to retest in 12 months.Now the payment for the PAT Testing has been processed, Dra advised receipt of payment and that they will contact me in advance of the retesting requirement and offered other electrical work doing such as fixed appliance testing, or your EICR.I requested retesting were a 3 monthly site requirement was in place and this was arranged and completed efficiently. Report was sent in and invoice was then received. Great service. Keep up the good work and i look forward to DRA getting in touch for the retesting in 3 months as i have already arranged the 12 monthly retesting of office / shop floor equipment.
Alex O'Niell
Alex O'Niell
Second time we have used them and both times have been great. Brilliant communication from Chelsea and professional and friendly service from Kyle. Will continue to use in the future. Highly recommend!
Yehuda Abenson
Yehuda Abenson
Great Service. Highly Recommend
Julie Standing
Julie Standing
We used DRA PAT testing again last week for our yearly PAT testing. I was very happy with the communication from Chelsea & tester Kyle arrived at the agreed time to carry out the testing which was followed quickly by the report. I would certainly recommend them to anyone in need of PAT testing.
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Information about PAT testing in offices

Taking office PAT Testing to the next level

When we carry out Office PAT testing we’re not just testing your equipment to make sure its safe but we’re also checking it’s being used correctly too.

We check you’re not daisy-chaining extension leads (not running more than one in sequence, plugged into each other), and if you are we find a better solution for you.

We check floor boxes are being used correctly and cables aren’t becoming trapped

We check cables aren’t a trip hazard, and that trunking is being used correctly

We work with our clients to find better ways to manage their office IT equipment and other electrical appliances so they operate an efficient workplace.

Burnt socket from overheating

This socket was found in an office; as you can see from the brown marks, the heater that was plugged into it, had caused overheating of the socket. It had overheated because these sockets were only intended to be used with low power drawing IT equipment, not electric heaters. Things like this often get missed by users of equipment in the office. This could very easily have become something far more serious such as a fire, had we not spotted it when we did.

Check out this article on why you shouldn’t plug electric heaters into extension leads

How often should PAT testing be done in an office?

Every 2 years – as a general guide office PAT testing requirements suggest every 2 years as the best interval for how often PAT testing should be done in an office.

The HSE recommends that office equipment is PAT tested every 2-4 years, but taking into account risks of accident, fire, etc it is a brave office manager who allows 4 years to pass between checks. We certainly would not recommend it.

2 yearly PAT tests are a good period of time; it’s not too often, and it’s not too long. Imagine getting something new, that wasn’t as safe as you thought, and you plugged it in after the PAT test has been done, planning to use it for another 4 years before it gets checked. Only for it to start a fire after a year’s use, because it wasn’t up to British safety standards. 

Whilst every 2 years is recommended, don’t take that as gospel; there may be other circumstances to consider, and a more frequent PAT testing frequency may be better for your business.

We recommend to our clients that we test such items every 2 years – that’ll save you half your usual costs! 

A computer sat on a desk gets put there and stays there usually until it gets replaced or you move around the office, so the chances of it developing a fault are low. So the risk is low; so you shouldn’t need to test it every year.

What needs PAT Testing in an office?

Computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers, their power leads, extension blocks and so on all need to be in a safe condition to meet the Electricity at Work regulations. Electrical safety is paramount to protect your staff.

Phone chargers, laptop leads, radios, fans, heaters and general kitchen equipment all add to the risk of overloading extension leads, so it is important to regularly get us in to ensure we help you maintain a safe working environment.

All these things are classed as standard electrical equipment, and when they’re in an office, where all equipment is like this, be it a doctors surgery, recruitment company, accountancy firm or even a school, this applies to you.

But you know your electrical equipment is ‘safe’…

If you’re managing an office, lots of computers, etc. You pretty much know they’re “safe”.

They’ve sat on the desk since you bought them, they work fine, they’ve never been dropped or had coffee spilled on them. So why do they need PAT Testing?

Are you sure the plug is the right type? That it meets British Standards? That it’s not one of the cheap, dangerous counterfeits that flooded the UK a few years back, prone to overheating after prolonged use?

Does it have the right fuse in the plug? Even have a fuse? Has someone changed the fuse and used the wrong one? Will it protect you if there is a fault?

Are you overloading extension leads? Is there too many items plugged in? Is there something plugged in that could cause overload ?

Are staff secretly bringing items to work that are not safe? Like cheap phone chargers that can catch?

Are all your sockets accessible? If someone got an electric shock would you be able to disconnect the power in time?

If you’re unsure about any of these, a PAT test is what you need. PAT is about more than checking appliances are safe, it also checks…

They’re being used in the right way,

In the right place


Have been installed correctly

Meet British Safety Standards, etc

Once you’ve done all these checks you’re on the right path to a safer office. You’ll need to do it again in the future, but probably not every year.

Some cheaper suppliers skip a lot of these steps so they can concentrate on testing as many items as they can in the shortest time – we look ???? at the bigger picture to help you maintain a safer working environment, long term.

We are DRA PAT Testing – speak to us today about your office PAT testing.

We are Office PAT Testing Experts

Office electrical equipment should be maintained to always be safe to use. Whilst most office appliances sit on a desk and rarely move, they are low risk, but accidents do still happen, and you as an office manager or business owner (for example) are responsible for ensuring the safety of your staff and other users. Not to mention protecting the business from the risk of fire.

It’s for these reasons that it is essential that you are PAT testing office equipment regularly enough to prevent accidents and fires occurring.

Office PAT testing should done initially, on all appliances, then at intervals regularly enough to maintain safety, but not so often that you’re wasting money getting tested too often. We can help you manage both of these situations.

Office electrical safety is something that should be taken seriously; ensuring your mains wiring as well as appliances are up to the task that your business requires is essential for efficient working, production and safety.

Also, to consider, if your office has been closed due to the Covid Pandemic, and your staff are now returning to the office, you need to make sure they are returning to a safe and secure environment, so getting PAT testing, that may have been allowed to lapse, updated, as soon as possible, is very important.

PAT testing office equipment

Electrical Safety is very important in your office; we come to you to make sure your electrical appliances are safe; to check they are in good working order, in a safe condition.

We will inspect each appliance thoroughly and carry out any necessary repairs

We’ll check your appliance plugs and wiring meet British Safety standards

We’ll replace defective plugs and incorrect fuses in plugs, free of charge

We’ll tidy up messy wires under desks, and try to reduce the amount of extension leads you use

We’ll remove (or at least try to) old PAT testing labels before applying our own, which we do so neatly, and discreetly.

We’ll advise you of any other electrical issues we come across, such as faulty sockets

We won’t turn off servers, putting your business security at risk, but work with you to find the best solution for maintaining a safe server system

We’ll work around your staff where possible, and use our huge amount of experience to keep disruption to a minimum, and

After all that, and anything else we may have done, we will compile your PAT Testing Certificate Report, and send it to you by by the end of the week!

We have specialised in PAT testing office equipment for over 10 years; our engineers understand the risks and sensitivity of your IT equipment and are best suited to helping you maintain safe electrics in the office.

We understand that you may not want to turn off the server, so will work with you to find the best solution to managing it, whether that be leaving it alone completely, inspecting it visually, or coming back another day to test it. We can even look at doing thermal image surveys on it. A well maintained server doesn’t need PAT testing as often as the rest of your office; once every 5 years should be sufficient.

Cables under desks get messy, its a fact of life, but one we can sort easily – we’ll tidy up those messy cables for you, by managing your use of extension leads. If we can reduce the number of extensions you use we will do that too.

If there is one thing we dislike about our job, is that we have to stick labels on your expensive appliances; that shouldn’t happen, but it does, and its important, so we respect your equipment. We’ll apply our labels straight, neat, and in a discreet whilst visible location. We won’t put them on the front of TV’s and we’ll not cover up important information stamps. We will also do our best to remove previous company labels; some are nearly impossible to get off, but we will do our best. And where we can we’ll put our labels over their residue so you’re not having even more messy areas.

We have done office PAT testing for many years, so we know what system works best to keep disruption to a minimum and to get out of your hair as quick as we can. So we will work with you to do this.

Office Electrical Safety

Using electrical equipment safely in the office is really important, and a legal requirement for all employers. Keeping up to date with office electrical inspections, EICR and portable appliance testing is the best way to maintain compliance with Health and Safety at Work.

Poorly installed or maintained electrical equipment can increase the risk of dangers, faulty wiring and overloaded socket extensions are all going to put you at more risk. If you use too many extension leads, or have cables trailing across walkways, incorrect fuses and using appliances not suitable to the environment all lead to increases in the risk of accidents.

The most common causes of electrical issues in offices are faulty appliances, incorrect use of equipment and unsafe wiring installations. All these lead to a necessity to ensure your office electrical safety is kept updated through regular office electrical inspections.

What does office PAT testing cost?

Because you don’t have power tools, your office is usually clean and tidy (we’ll let you off with the dust), and you make a nice cup of tea, we’ll give you a great discount off our standard prices.

In fact, you can get as much as 20% off our usual PAT testing prices just because your business is office based.

10 Top tips to improve Office electrical safety

To improve your office electrical safety consider these 10 top tips

Make sure cables are not under carpets to avoid damage

Make sure you know what plug is for what appliance, so it can be quickly disconnected if there is an accident

Don’t hide sockets behind filing cabinets, shelves and photocopiers

Make sure appliances have adequate ventilation

If using desk trunking, don’t just force the cables in there, place them neatly to avoid tension

Don’t put liquids (eg drinks) on top of electrical appliances

Don’t position appliances where it needs the lead to be stretched

Make sure equipment in use has all its safety features (like sides)

Reduce the amount of extension leads you’re using, and don’t daisy chain them

Keep cables tidy or use our cable management service