Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in industry

BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene - We're setting the standards

Why is Asbestos
still a risk?

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year. *


Around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure to Asbestos. *


Asbestos is still a problem today – it can be present in buildings constructed or refurbished up to the year 2000.*


BOHS qualifications are widely

acknowledged as the gold standard in learning to recognise, evaluate and control risk.

Learn to recognise, evaluate and control the risk with BOHS qualifications and training.



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Chartered Society

BOHS is the only occupational hygiene organisation with a Royal Charter.

The Royal Charter, granted in April 2013, recognises BOHS’ unique and pre-eminent role as the leading authority in occupational disease prevention. Royal Charters are rarely granted, and are only available to professional bodies or charities with a long standing record of achievement. In order to obtain chartered status, the professional body must represent a unique field of activity which is not covered by other professional bodies, and at least 75% of the corporate members should be qualified to first degree level.

In addition to the recognition of achievement in its field, the Royal Charter also means that BOHS is the only occupational hygiene organisation to offer the opportunity to achieve ‘Chartered Occupational Hygiene*’ status through its professional development route.


Industry Standard


The BOHS P400 series of qualifications in asbestos

are industry-leading, and are recognised by the HSE and UKAS.

Widely acknowledged as the gold standard, they give professionals the competitive edge: holders of BOHS asbestos qualifications have proven their ability to provide sound authoritative advice on the identification of health hazards and the adequacy of controls in the working environment.

Additionally, the qualifications are protected by trademark to BOHS.


International Leadership in Asbestos


BOHS and its members have been providing national and international leadership on protection against asbestos since the 1960s.

They have published methods of asbestos dust control, and produced an exposure standard for chrysotile. BOHS-published research papers have been fundamental in quantifying the risks of asbestos, and lie behind many of the measurement methods adopted worldwide. The Society also produced codes of practice on clearance testing and bulk sampling, whilst its competency standards form the basis of current requirements for surveyors, analysts, laboratory staff and managers.

BOHS is the leading UK awarding body for qualifications in occupational hygiene. The BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene sets, develops and maintains the professional standards of occupational hygienists. Internationally recognised, BOHS is the only UK-based examining board for qualifications in occupational hygiene. BOHS facilitates access to a global network of Approved Training Providers, and presents the opportunity to achieve valuable qualifications to enhance career progression. Over 45,000 BOHS asbestos qualifications have been undertaken to date.




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What BOHS Asbestos Qualifications are available?

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Proficiency Modules

The Proficiency Modules cover both theory and practical training in specific subjects, and are aimed at those needing to demonstrate a level of proficiency to carry out the area of work covered by the Module. More about proficiency modules here>>



Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples (PLM)



Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings



Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM)



Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMMF and Requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation Following Clearance of Asbestos



Management of Asbestos in Buildings



Advanced Modules


Managing Asbestos in Premises, the Duty Holder Requirements



Identification of Asbestos in Soils (PLM)*



Strategies and Sampling of Soils for Asbestos*



Inspection of Soils following Asbestos Remediation*



Management of Asbestos Projects by the Analyst*


* In development


International Occupational Hygiene Modules (W)



Asbestos and Other Fibres

The international training scheme and qualifications framework, developed by the Occupational Hygiene Training Association, which sets the standards for occupational hygiene training across the world.



Professional Qualifications

Certificate of Competence

The BOHS Certificate of Competence (CoC) is a professional qualification in an individual subject, for candidates who wish to demonstrate their competence in a specific field by developing a higher level of knowledge and skills. Qualification criteria for a CoC is dependent on the completion of the relevant ‘P’ or ‘W’ modules, along with a personal learning portfolio (where required) followed by an oral examination.

P401®  P402®  P403®  P405® ; W504:



Awareness Courses

Asbestos Awareness Course
note: this course does not lead to a BOHS qualification




Useful Links

The British Lung Foundation has further information about lung conditions caused by exposure to asbestos,
and also has information about lung disease:


The Health and Safety Executive has facts, advice and material related to working with asbestos:

The Health and Safety Executive has information about lung disease: