Boat Safety Scheme New Requirement For CO Alarms

Comments are invited on a proposed new BSS requirement for suitable Carbon Monoxide alarms in good condition to be fitted to all classes of boats with accommodation. The Broads Authority is proposing to adopt the new BSS requirement from 1 January 2019.

The intended benefits are set out below:

  • Firstly, it is intended to help prevent CO poisoning of people and their pets aboard boats from sources of CO generated by the activity of others. e.g. the use of engines and appliances on adjacent boats.
  • Secondly, the enhanced protection will also help protect first-responders/emergency services, BSS Examiners, waterways staff or other workers on, or in the immediate vicinity of the boat.
  • The additional recognised benefits beyond the regulatory target are a) the anticipated effectiveness of CO alarms in preventing death or injury to boat owners placed at risk in their own boats from running the boat’s engines or appliances and b) to make craft occupants aware of moderate levels of CO which can be a long-term threat to health if left undetected.
  • Implementing the recommendation will help prevent CO poisoning fatalities and injuries to tenants on boats who may be at higher risk from CO poisoning.
  • The overall effect, based on the previous 20-year history of 30 CO boat fatalities, it could be estimated that the next 20 years could see a reduction down to one boat CO fatality every ten years.

The Boat Safety Scheme are administrating the consultation on behalf of the navigation authorities including the Broads Authority. We are encouraging all boat owners and craft operators, people who hire boats and members of the marine trade to consider the Scheme’s proposals and comment.

The consultation closes on 9 November 2018 and can be found here, however if you have any questions regarding the consultation please contact steve.birtles@broads–authority.gov.uk.