You and the BSS Examination

This red section is the examination support area where you can find all the information and guidance to undertake examinations.

It has both sets of Examination Checking Procedures, the archived technical updates and the BSS Manager's guidance for undertaking examinations.

The 2013 ECPs for privately owned, privately managed vessels have been added to this website page. These are now the only versions to use on private boats.

To support you and reinforce the information from the seminars about documentation, we have introduced guidance relevant for using the 2013 ECPs for private craft - see this link

Hire craft and other non-private boats should be examined by authorised examiners only using the 2002 Examination Checking procedures.

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If you want to go to the Salesforce Examiner Admin Portal to report details of a recent examination, this is the link - https://eu3.salesforce.com/secur/login_portal.jsp?orgId=00D2000000095gg&portalId=06020000000DOyj

1 April 2019 - Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Requirements - section 6.4 of the Examination Checking Procedures

CO Alarms Are Mandatory BW SmallAt least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is a requirement on nearly all private and non-private boats in scope of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Requirements. BSS Certifications will not be issued to boats without alarms.

The requirements apply to boats with permanent accommodation, which is defined in this way:

“Space surrounded by permanent boat structure in which there is provision for any of the following activities: sleeping, cooking, eating, washing/toilet, navigation, steering. Spaces intended exclusively for storage, open cockpits with or without canvas enclosures and engine rooms are not included.”

There are four new BSS Check items in the BSS examination:

Check 6.4.1 covers the provision of alarms in suitable numbers – this check ensures everyone on board can hear the alarm if it activates.

Check 6.4.2 is an Advice check for private boats, promoting a CO alarm in the same space as a solid fuel stove – stoves can present a specific risk if flue gases enter the cabin.

Check 6.4.3 requires CO alarms to be placed in open view, be of a certified quality and have a test function button – this check provides an assurance about the quality of alarm manufacture and performance.

Check 6.4.4 requires CO alarms to be in good and working condition, showing no signs of damage, being within any visible expiry dates and passing the function test using the test button – this check ensures the alarm will work effectively if called upon.

There is a handout available as an essential guide to all the new requirements and background information. It covers what is required and how the checks will be carried out by BSS Examiners and how the alarms will help keep crew members safe. Click on this link to download it. Document Black 20X20