Choosing the right PAT testing company
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
1M ago
How do you choose the right PAT Testing company? When choosing a PAT testing company, it is important to consider several factors to ensure that you select a reliable and reputable provider. Here are some key considerations when choosing a PAT testing company: 1. **Qualifications and certifications:** Verify that the PAT testing company has the necessary qualifications and certifications. Look for certifications such as PATTA, ECA, or CHAS, which indicate that the company meets industry standards and regulations. 2. **Experience and expertise:** Assess the experience and expertise of the com ..read more
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Workplace electrical safety
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
1M ago
How to ensure electrical safety in your workplace The Importance of PAT Testing: Ensuring Electrical Safety in Your Workplace In any workplace, ensuring the safety of employees is of utmost importance. One aspect that often goes unnoticed but plays a critical role in maintaining a safe working environment is PAT testing. PAT Testing, or to give it its correct term – Portable Appliance Testing, involves the periodic inspection and testing of electrical equipment to ensure its safety and compliance with regulations. From computers and printers to kitchen appliances and power tools, all elect ..read more
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How to best prepare your business for PAT testing
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
6M ago
Whilst you don’t really need to do anything to prepare your business for PAT Testing, it’s a good idea to at least be aware it’s going to happen and let your staff know. If for no other reason than to reduce disruption. When staff don’t know who we are we get asked by everyone “who are you?” and we have to explain to them all who we are and what we do, and that doesn’t half slow things down, which in turn causes disruption. If you can just tell your staff that we’re coming in on whatever day it is, and warn them that we will need access to their electrical equipment it’ll make all our lives ..read more
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PAT Testing Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring Electrical Safety
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
PAT Testing Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring Electrical Safety Welcome to our comprehensive guide on PAT testing, the essential process for ensuring electrical safety in any environment. Whether you’re a business owner, facilities manager, or simply someone concerned about the safety of electrical appliances, this step-by-step guide will equip you with the knowledge and tools to confidently conduct PAT testing. We understand that electrical safety is paramount, and that’s why we’ve designed this guide to be accessible, informative, and easy to follow. From understanding the basics o ..read more
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Working with a local Portable Appliance Tester
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
The benefits of working with a local Portable Appliance Tester Working with a PAT tester Just because you don’t have your own in-house Health and Safety specialist, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to the best health and safety services. The HSE is awash with useful information but where do you start? It’s hard, you need to concentrate on what most affects your business, but not doing something because you didn’t look into it, doesn’t wash when something goes wrong. I read Health and Safety for dummies when I was starting out – god that was boring! But it taught me some useful informa ..read more
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Plugs without sleeved pins
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
Plugs without Sleeved Pins Plugs without Sleeved Pins Plugs without sleeves on the pins – these plugs have not been manufactured in the UK for 40 years! This makes the plug very old, and you have to ask yourself, does it still meet British Standards? It may work perfectly fine, but imagine that’s powering a lamp and your grandchild goes to unplug it to plug in their phone charger, and their little fingers catch the pins, that are not insulated… they’d get an electric shock. Is that not a good reason to change the plug? You can change the plug yourself, just make sure you know how to wire a ..read more
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We need our office PAT testing – but how many appliances do we have?
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
Office PAT testing – how many appliances do we have? How many appliances do we have in our office? It happens a lot – we’re contacted for a price for PAT testing an office; the prospective client tells us how much equipment they have, we price it and when we turn up to do the job, it’s a lot more than expected. So how do we prevent this happening? When this happens it can cause problems for you and us.. The job is going to take us longer than expected so may affect what we have planned next The job is going to take us longer than expected so will disrupt you more The job is going to cost y ..read more
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Are your staff returning to the office or working from home?
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
Are your staff returning to the office or working from home? It’s nearly 2 years since Mr Johnson (the Prime Minister) announced we were all to lockdown and work from home, and even now some of us are still doing that, whilst others have returned or are planning to return to work. We’re not talking parties at the office, we mean proper work, the place people go to do their work. Whichever category you or your business falls into you need to consider this… If your staff have returned to work, or you are planning to return to work – you need to get all their appliances PAT tested asap; because ..read more
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Electric Heater Safety – including why you must not plug heaters into extension leads
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
8M ago
Electric Heater Safety Tips This is a true story, that happened in October 2021. It was a Tuesday in October 2021; we had a 3-man team working in a busy office/production business in Newcastle upon Tyne. The company is very well run, with many intelligent personal, many of whom are electrical engineers – we’re saying this to show that even people who should know better can make mistakes. In the reception office, where it was cold, mainly because the building had no real ceilings, just a corrugated roof, so the receptionist was running an electric convection heater. It had a sealed plug – th ..read more
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High Volume Appliance Testing (PAT)
Dra Electricals | Electrical Appliance Inspection & Testing
by Richard Ayre
1y ago
High Volume Appliance Testing – Here to Help You We Provide High Volume Appliance Testing Service throughout the North East of England We provide High Volume Appliance Testing (PAT) services to businesses, schools and other organisations across the North East of England. As specialists in maintaining safe electrical equipment through PAT testing since 2009 we give our clients peace of mind their their electrical appliances are safe to use. Rated 5-star by our clients on Google, we cover Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Durham – all of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Co. Durham.  Giv ..read more
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