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EXAMINER NEWS 19-003  (opens PDF newsletter) 28 April 2019

Alarms save lives 90x90In this edition of BSS Examiner News we…

...ask you to let us know what you thought about the recent online course and we update you about the planned LPG Update Training.



  • We look briefly at the initial findings from your examinations to the new CO alarm checks
  • and finally we have three important reminders,
  • about the guidance concerning boats having decommissioned systems,
  • the need to have insurance in place and to co-operate with the audit, and
  • that IE 9 and 10 browsers are no longer supported by Salesforce.  


The online CO Alarm Requirements Training Course – let us know what you thought about it

Thanks for completing the online course; the good news is that most Examiners (75%) sailed through the course assessment, passing in the first attempt – well done if that was you.

It is important that we act upon your feedback about the effectiveness of the course and so, if you haven’t done so already, I’d encourage you to complete the very short feedback survey

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F2R67BW (single use link i.e. you only get one opportunity)

Your views will help us improve future training and will identify the subject matter for the wash-up of the course intended to take place during the LPG update training.


LPG update course – update

We provided an outline of the course coverage in the first article of BSS Examiner News 18-008 [LINK].

We are getting ready to announce the venues and dates for the LPG update course, but these will be published in the next newsletter alongside details of the method by which you will book yourself on to one of these training events.

We currently plan a range of dates and venues spanning from late July through all the way through to October or November. Courses will be available on a first come- first served basis.

The main purpose of the attended training is for Examiners to be updated and assessed to the revised BSS manometer and bubble tester LPG tightness test procedures and these are going through final sign-off this week after having been subjected to rigorous scrutiny. Lesson plans for the attended training are at the refinement stage.

The online course is mostly ensuring you have the essential knowledge fundamental to any examination of a boat’s LPG system and the reference material supporting the online course is being finalised and the. Next the online assessment survey will be developed.


New CO Alarm Checks – Look out for non-certified CO alarms

We’re a couple of weeks or so in to the new CO alarm requirements and the initial analysis of the fail reports indicate that there is a good level of compliance with the 6.4 checks. Obviously, we are relying on your reports to provide the numbers to feedback to the BSS Committee members, and at face value it’s good news that boaters have generally acted in advance to comply.

Between 1 April and 17 April there were 1237 examinations conducted:

  • For 6.4.1R, 84 boat were found not to have a CO alarm (6.8%) – nearly all having no CO alarm.
  • For 6.4.2A, only three boats did not have a CO alarm in the same space as the solid fuel stove. 
  • For 6.4.3R, 10 boats did not have an alarm of a suitable type (0.8%).
  • For 6.4.4R, 13 CO alarms were found not in good condition (1%).

Concerning 6.4.3, although the message to select a certified alarm appear to have been received by boaters, there are indicators that Examiners are coming across some alarms without BSI or LPCB certification and we’ve been investigating some of the brand names and supply chains for these.

As Examiners are aware, for those alarms made by one of the ‘big eight’ makers, certification can be presumed, but for other makes without obvious markings, it is necessary that Examiners carefully examine units for certification marks.

Be mindful to seek permission to remove the alarm to look at the base and if you do find unusual markings or anything you think would be useful for the office to know, then take a photo and send it to us to help with our investigations and help promote the outcome to boaters.


New Check 6.4.3 – Fixed CO alarm systems

You may come across hard-wired CO alarms and this is especially so on imported boats from the US. There are also hard-wired CO alarms sold in the UK as an after-market addition; sometimes as a joint CO/flammable vapour alarm and sometimes with remote sensors which are cabled to a control unit.

Although we are not aware of any hard-wired unit that has been certified to BS EN ISO 50291, we recommend that you adopt the same stance as for independent battery powered units in applying the checks at 6.4.3 and check for certification markings, especially on the control unit.

The guidance for customers of installed, uncertified alarms in otherwise good condition is that they are safe to retain, but as for all safety critical equipment, the BSS needs the assurance of protection provided by BSI or LPCB certification.

It follows that at least one suitably certified CO alarm will need to be provided to meet the BSS checks.


Guidance concerning decommissioned systems

Recently a BSS Examiner was found to be in breach of the BSS Examiner Conditions of Registration.  The BSS Management Committee Panel concluded he did not apply the published guidance concerning disabled or decommissioned systems.

The boat he examined had a gas system still largely in place apart from the LPG cylinder and regulator/hose, which had been removed from the boat.

The Examiner ignored the gas system, marking it as decommissioned. When the boat was sold on a few months later with the cylinder and connection hose back in place, the new owner raised concerns.

The resulting BSS Quality Control Assessor investigation found six faults on the gas system and ventilation provision.

The Management Committee Panel asked that we draw your attention to the published guidance covering the checking of disabled or decommissioned or disconnected systems or equipment.

This Guidance also covers systems that appear to have components or appliances removed or missing. View the guidance here. [LINK]


A reminder - IE 9 and 10 no longer supported

A reminder that Salesforce no longer supports Explorer IE9 and IE10, due to the low number of users and worries about security.

If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, find out which version you have by opening it up and then clicking on ‘Help’ on the top toolbar, then click on ‘About Internet Explorer’ and a box will appear telling you which version you have.

You are recommended to move to browsers that Salesforce continue to support, namely:

  1. Microsoft® Internet Explorer® version IE11
  2. Mozilla® Firefox®, most recent stable version
  3. Google Chrome™, most recent stable version
  4. Apple® Safari® version 11.x on Mac OS


Insurance audit is underway – you may be contacted 

Professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover must be in place and you must keep your insurance details on the Current Details tab on the BSS Database (Salesforce) accurate and up to date.

We are now auditing BSS Examiners with ‘block’ policies from Michael Hall Associates Limited, Mercia Marine Underwriting Limited or Winter & Co (Marine) Ltd. The onus on examiners with one of these policies is purely to maintain the cover and update their details.

Anyone with independently arranged policies will be asked to provide evidence of suitable cover and it should match the information the examiner has entered on the Current Details tab.

Last year we adopted a tougher line with Examiners who persistently fail to maintain their insurance cover. If this is you, be prepared to cooperate with an investigation that may affect your continued BSS authorisation.


Your I/D cards are on the way

Your I/D cards will be with you in the next two weeks or so. If you have not received it by mid-May please let Tracy know.

Best regards

Graham Watts sig

Graham Watts,

BSS Manager





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EXAMINER NEWS 19-002  (opens PDF newsletter) 28 February 2019

Covers the annual registration process and prepares you to take control to ensure a smooth registration process for 2019-20. For those Examiners with insurances arranged through Michael Hall Associates Limited (MHA) there is some important news below.

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EXAMINER NEWS 19-001 (opens PDF newsletter) 13 Feb 2018

Confirmation of the BSS Management Committee decision to implement the BSS CO alarm requirements from April and outlines what happens next. There are BSS staff changes in the pipeline with two vacancies. We also ask you to prepare for BSS Examiner Re-registration. There’s an update on the Examiner Survey findings and have two training topics, the LPG course and we ask if any examiners are interested in a Hire Boat Requirements upgrade? Finally, we seek your help with sourcing any ‘black museum’ outboard fuel system components we could use.

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-008 (opens PDF newsletter) 12 Dec 2018

This contains a brief update concerning the planned LPG update course and proposed CO alarm requirements training. We also encourage you to update Salesforce with any changes to your membership of organisations and we set out the usual arrangements for the Christmas period shut-down.


EXAMINER NEWS 18-007  (opens PDF newsletter) 20 Sep 2018

Richard's of Morale Solutions report directly on the BSS Examiner Survey 2018 results in this edition of BSS Examiner News. We set out the next steps as a follow-up. There's two brief advice articles, useful for examiners interested in doing a great job – especially if they get stuck for words. Last call for examiners interested in gaining 2002 authorisation.

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-006  (opens PDF newsletter) 17 Aug 2018

We alert you to the public consultation on proposals to introduce new mandatory BSS Requirements for CO alarms on boats. What you know about old portable fire extinguishers on boats that pre-date fire ratings, and quick update on the BSS Examiner Survey 2018

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-005  (opens PDF newsletter) 2 July 2018

We have a reminder of the examiner survey, the need to protect yourself by completing boat details, update Conditions of registration, early invoice run, would you be a guru?

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-004 (opens PDF newsletter) 16 May 2018

We have news of an examiner survey and we clarify that examiners must not mis-represent the BSS position on bubble testers, not should they undertake work on boats in scope of the Gas Safety [Installation and Use] Regulations.

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-003  (opens PDF newsletter) 27 Feb. 2018

This edition of BSS Examiner  news covers the annual registration process and prepares you to take control to ensure a smooth registration process for 2018-19.

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EXAMINER NEWS 18-002  (opens PDF newsletter) 13 Feb. 2018

This examiner news had a theme of self-protection, but starts with a request for new ID photos from those examiners wanting to change next year as well as a request for anyone intending to retire to let the BSS Manager know. The self-protection measures include completing boat details to avoid fraud by boat onwners. There is advice on ensuring your authorisation covers the correct BSS Examination Checking Procedures and th eprocess to help avoid potential law breaking under UK gas safety legislation. Finally it covers the advantages of co-operating with investigation cases and sets out the problems when this does not happen
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EXAMINER NEWS 18-001  (opens PDF newsletter) 22 Jan. 2018

 In this edition of BSS Examiner News we cover the new agreed four-year business plan with the implications of the BSS Certifcations and annual registration fees rise and benefits you should look forward to resulting from an investment programme. We also ask have you ever encountered a water tank filling hose in a gas locker like pictured?


EXAMINER NEWS 17-005  (opens PDF newsletter) 13 Dec. 2017

In this edition of BSS Examiner News, we cover the replacement of Andrea Burrow and successor to Phil who is on his retirement path. We have important advice about the application of BSS requirements to shared-ownership boats. Why are you insured – we have a multi thousand-pound lesson that explains why. We ask you about LPG fuelled generators – what have you seen? So, what does GSIUR mean? The latest on LPG Update training. Why you should ignore some new fields on the Examination Report page, but be interested in why they are there! Christmas pressy suggestions for yourself – or leave a hint. The December invoices will be moved to next year – hurrah – but it will be early January. Finally, we have the Xmas break office closure and out-of-hours contact details.

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EXAMINER NEWS 17-004  (opens PDF newsletter) 10 Aug. 2017

This newsletter covers an appeal for information concerning LPG regulator failures, we run the first of a series of articles about BSS Examiner insurance; the lessons from another report on a fatal CO incident; updates on the bulk delivery of BSS Examination documentation; the planned LPG update course; new information about a range of compliant fuel hoses and mythbusting the concept of 'pre-examination'; business and technical manager update.


EXAMINER NEWS 17-003  (opens PDF newsletter) 22 Jun. 2017

Staff changes at BSS Office; insurance audit process; flagging up a forthcoming examiner survey and forthcoming data protection training; why it's critical to keep your tech up to spec; flagging up bulk distribution of forms and pads; copy certifcate provision; David Fuller's charity row for Parkinsons Disease research.

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EXAMINER NEWS 17-002 7 Apr. 2017

The revised BSS Examiner Conditions of Registration and associated news of amended examiner CoR guidance. A modified complaints investigation procedure. The introduction of the new and amended BSS Hire Boat Requirements and the retention of the 2002 BSS Standards for other non-private boats. We repeat warnings not to break Gas Safety law. 

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EXAMINER NEWS 17-001 27 Feb. 2017

There is only one subject - Examiner registration for 2017-18

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EXAMINER NEWS 16-005 10 Dec. 2016

Do you want to examine hire craft next year, act now to express your interest. New Eberspächer arrangements. A new standard in LPG cooker connection hose assemblies to BS EN 14800. A special briefing on Freeman boats. There are two ‘self-protection’ items for examiners, one on the disease, leptospirosis. The other reinforces the implications of the UK gas legislation especially for non-Gas Safe registered examiners regarding gas tightness testing. BSS stalwart Brian Hayes retires. Christmas shopping for examiner apparel. BSS office Xmas arrangements.


EXAMINER NEWS 16-004 07 Oct. 2016

Hire boat requirements and LPG training; another CO tragedy; Kabola heating appliance fuel hoses;  fraudulent certificates; a review of the BSS Examiner Conditions of Registration; guidance on commercial catering LPG installation; guidance to customers must be accurate:


EXAMINER NEWS 16-003 22 Apr. 2016

This is the second of two important Examiner Newsletters within a week. You've had the 2016/17 registration preparatory details, so this second newsletter concentrates on examiner operational matters and reporting guidance. The list of headline topics is set out below:


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