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EXAMINER NEWS 19-005  (opens PDF newsletter) 06 Aug 2019

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  • the LPG Update Training course,
  • PCT LPG pipework,
  • the acceptability of all FireAngel CO alarms and emphasises,
  • yet another fraud investigation – we restate the importance of ensuring accurate boat details on the BSS Database,
  • BSS Business and Technical Manager Simon Vayro is leaving.

LPG Update training and assessment course – dates and booking in the next newsletter

Details of the course dates and venues will be with you in the next newsletter.

Courses will likely span the period from October to March, excluding December, and so we are confident that there will be a course to suit your availability.

We will also have details on the online pre-learning course that needs completing before the live event.

Pliable corrugated (stainless steel) tubing (PCT) LPG pipework is acceptable

It seems that examiners are coming across more semi-rigid pliable corrugated tubing (PCT) LPG pipework in boats.

The pipes come wrapped in fire-retardant yellow polyethylene.Screwfix has introduced the Tesla Hobflex gas hob connector and BES has the Gas Hob Fitting Kit.

Previously we were aware of the TracPipe® product for general pipework applications.

Stainless Gas Hose Combination

The pipework and fittings will be constructed accordance with BS EN 15266 and/or BS 7838, is suitable for LPG applications, but it is not suitable for DIY installation.

Note that PCT is considered as stainless-steel installation pipework for the purposes of the BSS examination and meets the material requirements for all the checks for LPG Pipework section 7.8 or C7.12.

Please re-visit the 2008 NPI for TracPipe® here for guidance on how to apply the BSS Checks to PCT.

Note that PCT is different to the corrugated steel LPG free-standing cooker hose assemblies to BS EN 14800. Such connectors are also produced by Tesla and sold through Screwfix and are solely used to connect free-standing cookers on boats, subject to the gas engineer’s assessment that installation is in accordance with BS 6172. BS EN 14800 hose assemblies have superseded assemblies to BS 669.

LPG free-standing cooker hose assemblies conforming to BS EN 14800 can be considered as meeting LPG hose Checks 7.9.1R and C7.13.1 and the Checks will be amended to refer to the acceptability of the hose assemblies for this purpose, at the next opportunity. Re-visit the 2016 new product guide for more information about LPG cooker hose assemblies to BS EN 14800 here

All FireAngel CO alarms are acceptable – despite some indicators that they are not

Fireangel No Boats Packaging Small

Some hawk-eyed Examiners are questioning the compliance of some models of FireAngel CO alarms.

Their concern is understandably prompted by the packaging, instructions and possibly a sticker on the alarm, it shows an image of a yacht crossed-through.

All FireAngel CO alarms models with the certification requirements of Check 6.4.3R meet that check. The ‘applicability’ stating that FireAngel alarms can be assumed as correctly accredited, stands.

Hopefully you recall that the BSS does not require CO alarms to be made/certified to the ‘-2’ standard to meet the BSS requirements.  Of course when buying a new CO alarm, boat owners are recommended to select a ‘-2’ model from the BSS/CoGDEM list is recommended, view the list here.

If you would like to understand a little more of the detail behind answer, here goes:

 

FireAngel CO-9B (older models only)

Fireangel CO 9B SmallWhen the CO-9B unit was first assessed to the ‘-2’, standard BS EN 50291-2, the BSI test lab did not have the facility to conduct one of the new ‘boat’ tests.

The maker’s Sprue Safety Products Ltd wanted to be first to the marketplace with a ‘-2’ product because there was substantial demand from the caravan sector, so BSI did all the other tests and the ‘Kitemark’ was issued on the basis that the manufacture would identify that the additional boat test had not been done.

CO-9B products are now fully tested to the ‘-2’ standard including the boat tests.

We can tell you that the alarm unit was not changed in any way to pass these tests, so older units can be considered ‘fit for purpose’ on boats and the model is on the CoGDEM recommended list.

[Note that the CO-9B model is also branded with other company names including; Firesafe FDSC09, First Alert CO-FA-9B, AngelEye CO-AE-9B]

 

FireAngel CO-9D

Fireangel CO 9D SmallThe CO-9D model is certified to BS EN 50291-2 for homes, caravans, and motorhomes only, not boats.

The reason is that the changes that were needed for boat certification did not warrant the action, based on its manufacturing volume.

The only tests not applied to this alarm were the tough electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) tests; the standard assumes marine vehicles will have radar and high-power radios on board, but of course this is not generally the case for boats on inland waterways.

As a certified ‘-1’ model, the units can of course be considered ‘fit for purpose’ on boats and meet the 6.4.3 Check; but the model does not appear on the CoGDEM recommended list.

[Note: the CO-9D is also marketed under other brands inc. First Alert CO-FA-9D, AngelEye CO-AE-9D]

Another reason for making sure BSS Database (Salesforce) boat information is accurate & complete

Recently, there have been several attempts to pass off fraudulent BSS examination documents in support the sale of boats.

They have been based on real BSS examination records and have abused BSS Examiners details. We interrogated the BSS Database to reveal and confirm the fraud on behalf of the victims.

If and when such events involve police investigation, the BSS co-operates with the police and examiner’s records on our database may be shared and personal records requested.

Examiners adding complete and accurate information to the BSS database, may avoid awkward questions and can help such investigations move quickly. Here’s how you should protect yourself and the integrity of your work:

& make complete records on the day about the boat (and file them safely for six years),

& make sure you record day and date accurately – this may be vital,

& fill in the full boat details on BSS Database do not assume the boat name and registration number of the boat you stepped aboard and examined match the navigation authorities’ records,

& If you can, take and upload a photo of the boat (no humans and little sky, water or surplus vegetation: just the craft and keep the file size modest, around 150 kB is ideal),

& Check the accuracy of your input before saving the examination record,

& Call Rob, Izy or Tracy if you find something suspicious or not ‘adding up’ in the database.

The additional bonus is that with full and accurate information we can also merge old records, or correct errors rapidly and easily when they come up.

Simon Vayro

Simon is leaving – we wish him well…

BSS Business and Technical Manager, Simon Vayro is moving jobs. His last active day was Wednesday 24 July. We wish Simon well for his future, still in the marine industry, and thank him for his time and energy in the BSS team.

We have started a recruitment process. Until we have a new person in post, Phil Rickett has agreed to work three days a week to help provide the support needed for the time being.

Once the role is advertised, we’ll provide you with a link to the advert, just in case you are interested, or you know someone who is.

Best regards,

Kevin Tyson Sig

Kevin Tyson, BSS Manager

 

 

 

 

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EXAMINER NEWS 19-004  (opens PDF newsletter) 31 May 2019

With reminders and updates to keep youselves safe from harm and out of court. Covers, allegations that a small minority of Examiners are making up some rules; LPG training course update; a potential risk caused by over-filled LPG cylinders; a new acceptable CO alarm certification mark (with some important caveats)

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

Covers the recent online course and we update you about the planned LPG Update Training; initial findings from your examinations to the new CO alarm check; the guidance concerning boats having decommissioned systems; the need to have insurance in place and to co-operate with the audit; news that IE 9 and 10 browsers are no longer supported by Salesforce.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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BSS Examiner news archive (older than current year)

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