PAT testing in Newcastle upon Tyne
Helping to Keep Workplaces Safe for Over 10 years
We are your local PAT testing company; the most reviewed PAT testing company in Newcastle upon Tyne – wherever you are, whatever you do we will come to you to inspect and test your electrical equipment. We will provide sensible and honest guidance to help you to make sure your electrical appliances are maintaining electrical safety standards at all times.
I am Richard Ayre, owner and founder of DRA PAT testing. Along with my competent team of Rob and Kyle we help hundreds of businesses in the North East to maintain safe electrical equipment. We come to you to test your electrical appliances in their normal location and environment; you don’t need do anything except save your work and shut down a computer for a few minutes. We will do the rest, and you will be complying with the laws.
All you need to do to start the ball rolling is get in touch, and let us do the rest. We’ll help to keep you safe.
Based in Wallsend, we operate in all NE postcodes with the majority of our work conducted in the Newcastle upon Tyne / Tyneside areas, so wherever you are, rest assured we will come to you to help you. Below you can view our latest reviews and there is some information regarding jobs we have conducted in Newcastle upon Tyne.
What our clients think of us
A couple of examples of our work
Frank Recruitment Group, on Collingwood Street in Newcastle City Centre NE1 1JF are one of our biggest clients; having worked with them since 2013 we have a long, good relationship. Between us we maintain thousands of electrical appliances in their offices.
Nexus, with headquarters in Newcastle city centre on St James’ Boulevard, and Gosforth, have been clients for many years. We manage the safety of their electrical equipment in their offices, bus stations and Metro travel shops.
Working with Nexus gives us a diverse range of equipment and environments to work in including power tools, busy kiosks, shops that can’t stop serving, cleaning equipment and general office IT equipment.
The benefit of using a local PAT testing company
We all know that your electrical equipment needs PAT testing, but we also know that you may have some questions you would like answering before booking an appointment, so we’re happy to talk to you first.
We can do that on the phone, by email or a good old chat over a cuppa. Just get in touch so we can arrange to pop in; we can talk about what you need doing, why you need it doing, how often, what’s involved, how it’ll affect your business, how long it takes, how many appliances you have, what it’ll cost, etc. etc. Whatever questions you need answering just ask and we’ll do our best to put your mind at rest.
This is the benefit of working with a local PAT testing company; it’s nice and easy for us to come out to see you. There’s also no obligation for you to choose to use us and this whole process is fully complimentary.
We appreciate also that Covid makes this a little difficult, so to reassure you we always keep our distance, wear masks and wash our hands! Of course, if you prefer to you can simply ask us for a price.
For your peace of mind we have a Health and Safety Policy, Risk Assessment and Method Statement and are Covid secure.
WE AIM TO BEAT ANY LIKE FOR LIKE QUOTATION
We understand you may have to go with the cheapest bidder, but if you really want to work with us, we will do our best to match or beat your cheapest quotation; just send it to us and we’ll see what we can do.
Why is PAT Testing important?
✅ The law requires thorough inspection and testing to ensure electrical equipment is properly maintained – Portable Appliance Testing is inspection and testing for electrical equipment fitted with a plug.
✅ A PAT engineer will assess the suitability of an appliance for the environment it is being used in. When PAT is completed, you’ll be provided with a record of results and PAT Test Certificate – a record of maintenance, which is a requirement of 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 as they confirm that your electrical systems are being maintained to prevent danger.
✅ Regular PATs check that workplace electrical equipment, devices and systems are maintained in good working order and repair, to comply with The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
✅ Regular inspections and testing (PAT) of electrical equipment in residential property help you comply with The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales)
✅ Carrying out PAT tests on appliances supplied as part of a rental agreement, before the start of every tenancy help a landlord to comply with The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s guidance.
✅ An electrical equipment test will check that an appliance is safe, and carries a genuine ‘CE’ mark when first supplied, hired, sold second hand, or as part of accommodation lettings to help you comply with The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
✅ If the plug of an appliance does not meet the Plugs and sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 we will change it for one that does.
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 you are required to do to comply with UK workplace regulations and insurance.
Your local PAT Testing company in Newcastle upon Tyne
If you want the benefit of working with a Newcastle PAT testing company, you’re in the right place. We work closely with our clients, so we can guide them in maintaining safe electrical equipment long term, and advise them if they need it. We also help our clients to understand the risks so they are getting their equipment inspected as often as is necessary, without doing it too much.
We are a dedicated team of professional, experienced engineers who know our customers, and will get to know you too, so we can ensure the service we provide you with best meets your business needs; in most cases the same person will come to you every time so you build up a trust and understanding, which benefits us both. Meet the team here.
We also are not going to rush the job; for us there is a big emphasis on doing thorough visual inspections, where over 90% of defects are found; we are able to fix over 75% of these whilst on site, often at no extra cost to you. Cheap PAT testing companies have been known to skip the visuals as they take too long, which puts your business and users at risk.
As we are local you also get the added benefit of us being able to visit you before quoting, so if there is something you’re unsure about or just need a chat we can come to see you to discuss your requirements.
For a long time now we have strived to satisfy and retain our clients, for them to recommend us because they feel they get a good service with good value, and we seem to be doing that quite well; we retain 98.4% of our clients and over 50% of our new business is from customer referrals.
We maintain the ethos of providing every customer with “Sensible help and advice about maintaining safe electrical equipment”.
**We aim to beat any like for like quotation
PAT testing’s most frequently asked questions..
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
PAT; Portable Appliance Testing is a routine inspection carried out by a competent person on electrical appliances to make sure they are safe to continue using, and or to carry out necessary maintenance to ensure this remains the case.
The process involves checking the electrical plug, flexible cable and the appliance itself. Some appliances are further tested to ensure internal safety measures are functioning correctly.
Is PAT testing a legal requirement?
Health and Safety in the UK requires all electrical equipment provided for use at work be maintained so as to prevent danger.
To manage this companies are recommended to carry out regular inspections and tests that will flag up any dangers, need for repair or confirm that the appliance is safe – this is called PAT testing. Insurance companies also require you to maintain safe equipment to validate your premiums.
How long does a PAT test last?
A PAT test should be carried out as often as the risk requires it, based on appliance type and use. A electrical equipment test (PAT) confirms an appliance is safe at the time it is tested; once it is used again damage could occur and so the results are no longer valid. If there is a high likelihood of this happening (such as tools on a building site) the appliance should be inspected / tested more often, than an appliance where the likelihood of damage occurring is much lower, like IT equipment on a desk in an office.