What The BSS Does

The Navigation Authorities employ, through the BSS three broad approaches to meet the BSS purpose:

1) The BSS supports the Navigation Authorities' minimum safety requirements* for boats by;

i. helping identify, monitor and develop the necessary and reasonable Navigation Authority minimum safety requirements;

ii. providing the verification service to assess whether any given boat meets the Navigation Authority minimum safety requirements.

2) The BSS employs education, persuasion and promotion of safety to address accepted risks linked to the use of of the vessel and its appliances, engines and associated boat systems and fuels in order to assist owners and other craft occupants to identify and control the risks for which they have a responsibility.**

3) The BSS monitors all boat-related risks and reports on any trends, local hot-spots and any critical groups.

* the Navigation Authorities' minimum safety (legal) requirements for privately-owned and privately managed boats are published in the BSS Essential Guide. Meeting these minimum safety requirements is a requirement for vessels on Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency, and twelve other navigation authorities.

These requirements, also known as the BSS General Requirements, are expressed in goal-setting terms. They are listed on pages 3-5 of Chapter 1 of the of the BSS Essential Guide and again, as relevant, for each subsequent chapter. The Requirements are supported by expected means of compliance that are set out in Chapters 2 to 9.

The mandatory requirements of the BSS are kept to the minimum consistent with achieving the objectives and responsibilities of the Navigation Authorities to help prevent boat fires, explosions or boat pollution and environmental and other potential harm to people and property.

Further information concerning the BSS General Requirements and the BSS 'mandatory requirements' and 'advice checks' and the nature of BSS certification (or equivalent) as evidence of meeting compliance, is provided in Chapter 1 of the BSS Essential Guide.

** The BSS requirements concerning non-private classes of boats take account of the users of such classes of boat who may not be responsible for the full control of the risks to which they may be subjected. It follows that BSS requirements for such classes of boat will invariably be mandatory and the scope of such BSS requirements may be wider or different than for privately-owned and privately managed boats, as determined by the application of the BSS Risk Management Process.