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EXAMINER NEWS 20-007  (opens PDF newsletter) 22 May 2020

Headlines

  • BSS COVID-19 Updates
  • PPE Examiner Survey
  • Examiner Insurance audit
  • ID card
  • Annual Registration Invoices

Thank you for your helpful responses to the last snap survey asking for your thoughts about how to return to work safely – they were all constructive, useful and appreciated. We are launching another one today. The details are below.

New advice on Examination preparations for your customers

Your feedback helped us construct the messages for boat owners which has the opening message – plan your boat’s examination with your examiner first. So hopefully if you ask your customer to read www.boatsafetyscheme.org/COVID they will appreciate what preparations you will discuss with them and why.

Examiner hints and tips updates on Wednesdays

We are continuing to capture comments from stakeholders and examiners and that is feeding into updates to advice for examiners which we will make on Wednesdays. On https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/professionals/examination/examination-guidance/covid-19/ we added links to more UK.Gov guidance; Trading Standards Institute on COVID-19 scams; Gas Safe Register advice on COVID-19 and several really useful links from British Marine specifically for the marine sector.

We have also added to the Q&A section and included reminders about risks related to manual handling and lone working.

Symptoms

The official list of symptoms of COVID-19 on the Gov.UK and Scot Gov websites now include changes to the sense of smell & taste. This is important because you should not leave your house for work in England if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and you should consider avoiding boats where people with symptoms have been aboard in the last three days at least. The link to the Gov.UK information about symptoms is now on the COVID-19 examiner guidance page (above).

PPE survey

We continue to appreciate your feedback and so the BSS Office would like to get an understanding of your views and experiences on the subject of PPE, and how you may apply it to your BSS Examination activities.
It would be helpful to get an insight on how difficult it is to obtain PPE and what your customers’ responses to its use or non-use have been.
The information from your feedback will help enhance our hints and tips, and so continue to support Examiners during the next phase of examining boats in the time of COVID-19.
The survey is now open and will close 08:00 on Tuesday 26th May. However due to Survey Monkey’s maintenance schedule, the survey will be inaccessible from 17:00 on Saturday until Survey Monkey re-opens it on 01:00 Sunday, we are sorry about the break, but it is beyond our control.

Please take a few minutes to add your thoughts on PPE here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P9V7CQ6

Insurance matters, please check yours

If your privately arranged policy, or your block policy is about to expire, make sure you renew on time and update your cover expiry date on the ‘Current details’ section on Salesforce. No examination must be done without cover.

We have already started an insurance audit.  Should our initial checks indicate that an examiner is likely to be operating without cover, we may have to suspend that Examiner’s authorisation until we are reassured that cover is in place. If you have any doubts or concerns about your cover, check with your broker if there is a potential issue.

ID cards

You may have already guessed that the ID card producer was in lockdown, but it has now restarted work, although with limited staff and reduced hours. Your cards are being processed, but it likely that cards will be sent out w/c 1 June.

Registration Invoicing

Invoices for annual registration will be sent out next week, w/c Tuesday 26 June.

Best regards and keep safe,

Best regards,

Kevin Tyson Sig

Kevin Tyson, BSS Manager

Q&As related to BSS Examinations in the time of COVID-19 have been moved to your main COVID-19 guidance page [LINK].

 

 

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EXAMINER NEWS 20-006  (opens PDF newsletter) 12 May 2020

EXAMINER NEWS 20-005  (opens PDF newsletter) 07 May 2020

COVID-19 - suspension stays in place, but change is being planned

EXAMINER NEWS 20-004  (opens PDF newsletter) 20 April 2020

EXAMINER NEWS 20-003 (opens PDF newsletter) 9 April 2020

BSS Examination suspension extended to 30 April

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EXAMINER NEWS 20-002  (opens PDF newsletter) 27 March 2020

BSS examinations suspended to 14 April due to COVID-19 lockdown; likewise Examiner registration extended to 30 Apr

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EXAMINER NEWS 20-001  (opens PDF newsletter) 19 Mar 2020

Interim COVID-19; the LPG Update Training course; BSS Certification Cost From 1 April 2020; Examiner suspended for not having insurance cover; BSS Examiner annual registration fee; BSS Examiner Annual Registration; Changes to the procedure used to investigate formal Examiner complaints; Database link reminder.

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

the LPG Update Training course, PCT LPG pipework, the acceptability of all FireAngel CO alarms, 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.

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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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changes to the procedure used to investigate formal Examiner complaints