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

In this edition of BSS Examiner News we…

Mouse_90x90...cover 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.

 

Headlines

And these are the headline topics and the list can be used as a check list:

  • What are the fees and when to pay them
  • Training commitment
  • Check ‘Current Details’
  • Check membership and Gas Safe Register registration claims
  • Check insurance cover
  • Go to Registration tab
  • Read the Conditions of Registration
  • Submitting your application
  • Don’t miss the deadline timings

Financial/Training matters

Registration fee

The registration fee is unchanged this year at £137.50 (inclusive of VAT).

Everyone who is registered on time will be sent an invoice in April by email. Note that this invoice will not appear on the Salesforce invoice tab, so make sure you file the invoice with you own records.

Settle the invoice in the normal way, but if you have Canal & River Trust moorings, licences or any other Trust account, please do not pay your annual BSS Examiner registration charge by BACS transfer as it is likely to be swallowed‐up by the Trust’s general finances and the monies will not reach the BSS.

LPG update training – this Spring/Summer

The long-awaited LPG update training will take place at several venues this coming Spring/Summer. It is a 2-day VAT chargeable course and is necessary to introduce a revised manometer LPG tightness test and a revised bubble leak tester procedure. Further details will appear in the next newsletter.

Things to do immediately

Firstly, all you need to do is login to the BSS database and check that your details on your ‘Current Details’ page are all complete and up to date.

  • Check your current details

Are the addresses, your phone numbers, the email addresses and your website details accurate? Your public contact details appear on your BSSER forms and potential new customers can use the search page on the BSS public website. It is essential that the public contact details you enter on to Salesforce are accurate and complete because these are extracted directly from the Salesforce fields to your BSSER examination reports and appliance record forms as well as to the BSS public website. Entering a value in the town field is required as our research tells us that boat owners choose firstly by personal recommendation and secondly by searching the BSS website by nearest town. We reserve the right to amend details that appear inaccurate or misleading.

Accurate courier and private contact details are essential. We outsource the mailing of stationery and if the information you provide is incorrect it either bounces straight back to that company’s depot causing a delay in your getting your material, or the items may go missing completely. Whichever, it adds to the Schemes costs and everyone’s frustration.

  • Check your claims of membership and Gas Safe registration (where relevant)

Are you still a member of the organisations you claim to be? You must not claim the advantage and kudos of the membership of an organisation if it has lapsed.

Are you claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register – is it for LPG / boats, is the engineer ID number correct, has your registration lapsed? Do not claim to be Gas Safe registered if your registration is not current and/or appropriate for boats, as there are legal implications if the facts are untrue.

  • Check your Insurance cover

Are your insurance details on your ‘Current Details’ page accurate – i.e. the type of insurance, name of provider and the expiry date.

BSS Block Policy PI and PL insurances

Michael Hall Associates Limited (MHA) are presently negotiating terms with a new insurer for the Block Policy. They will be emailing all members shortly with forthcoming terms. Please read any communication from them carefully as this will explain fully both premium and cover terms being obtained and offered.  If you have any queries, please feel free to speak with Keith Storrie or Josephine Vaughan on 0141 248 8627.

Keith Storrie, Michael Hall Associates Limited, Mason Chambers, Suite 420 Baltic Chambers 50 Wellington Street Glasgow G2 6HJ, Mob: 07860 425032

Email: Keith.Storrie@michaelhallassociates.ltd.uk

Independently arranged PI and PL insurances

For those examiners with independently arranged insurances, please check carefully that:

  • the terms of your policies cover your BSS activities; and,
  • the policies are current as of the date of your application; and,
  • the level of cover is not less than £5m each for both PI and PL.

Through the year, as and when your policies or details change, please update these on the ‘Current Details’ page on the examiner website. The assurance that any examiner’s work is underwritten is so important, we will suspend access to Salesforce where there is any doubt about an examiner’s cover, and that individual’s continued authorisation may be at risk.

 

Making your online application

In the next day or two you will receive an email from the BSS inviting you to apply to re‐register. When you receive the invitation, follow its instructions to go to the Registrations Tab on Salesforce, refresh the page, and find your 2019-20 application form. Your personal application reference number will be in the email.

You must read the information, conditions and agreements on the page before making your application. To make the application, click edit and all the tick the boxes, then click on the ‘submit’ button on the bottom of that page. In clicking the ‘submit’ button and making your application you are also agreeing that:

  • your insurance details are correct, the policies are current and that you will maintain the cover; and,
  • the BSS Office may share your name and address details with Navigation Authorities; and,
  • the BSS Office will publish, make available or otherwise pass on to anyone that requests them, your ‘Public Details’ as displayed on the BSS examiner website; and,
  • you will be invoiced for the registration fee and all fees and charges payable by BSS examiners for BSS related materials and activities, as they arise; and pay the invoices on time; and,
  • you will abide by the BSS Examiner Conditions of Registration for the duration of the registration. To view them click here

To make it clear, you should understand that these agreements are made between yourself and Canal & River Trust acting in its capacity as administrator of the BSS Office.

Timings

Unless you have already told us that you intend to retire, the invitation to apply to register will arrive in a few days’ time.

Once you have it, please act as soon as possible to apply to renew your registration. The 2019 deadline is 17:00 on Friday 29 March, and please keep to this as late registration has serious implications (see below).

The final part of the renewal process is confirmation from the BSS Office. All applications will be acknowledged by an automatic email immediately they are made.

Then within 5 working days of making the application, successful applicants will have an email confirming re‐registration, until you receive the confirmation of registration email you will not be registered for 2019-20 and not entitled to carry out BSS examination work.

If you have any questions concerning your renewal, or once you have applied, if you do not get an email confirming that you are registered, check the online application form again to see if your status has changed from ‘Submitted’ to ‘Accepted’ or ‘Reviewing’ and then please call Tracy on 0333 202 1000.

Missing the deadline?

Remember, if you are not confirmed as re‐registered by 1 April, you are not authorised to carry out BSS examinations, or to issue BSS certifications.

This means that if you have not had confirmation of successful registration by Friday 29 March, you will:

  • lose access to the boat and examination database
  • not be able to issue any BSS certification and
  • you must cancel or postpone any BSS examination bookings until you have confirmation of your registration.

Unauthorised examiners are removed from the listings on the BSS website.

Any BSS examination made whilst unauthorised may be voided and the circumstances investigated as a potential breach of the Conditions of Registration.

Please remember, applications completed after 1 April will be subject to an additional administration fee of £50 (+VAT) taking account of the additional costs of late registration; unless the delay is prearranged and agreed with the BSS Office.

Best regards

Graham Watts sig

Graham Watts,

BSS Manager

 

 

 

 

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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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