The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has taken steps to enhance the level of competency and expertise of asbestos professionals by launching a new Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM). The official launch of FAAM will take place at an evening reception at the prestigious Conrad Hotel in Westminster on the 11th October.

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, with around twenty tradesmen dying each week as a result of past exposure. Tackling issues related to asbestos continues to be a challenge, with the UK still possessing one of the highest rates of mesothelioma (a type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure) in the world. Cancer Research UK outlined that there were over 2,500 deaths from the disease in 2014, with 94% of cases being deemed as preventable.

BOHS envisages that FAAM, in the long term can help to reduce these statistics by making sure asbestos professionals are operating with a higher level of competency and expertise. Members of FAAM will be empowered by the following benefits;

Being part of a professional network where best practice can be created

  • View BOHS latest technical publications
  • Gain expert industry advice
  • Free attendance at BOHS regional meetings
  • Access to online forums
  • Use of the BOHS online searchable membership directory

Career progression & industry recognition

  • Access to a professional development programme.
  • Participate in the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) scheme
  • Entitlement to FAAM’s post-nominal letters to illustrate their competence

Keep in touch with the latest industry news

  • Regular e-bulletins sharing both industry news and faculty updates
  • Discounted rates to BOHS events and conferences
  • BOHS Exposure Magazine – keeping up to date with Society news

Shani Jackson, Head of Member Services at BOHS commented; “We are very excited about the launch of FAAM and the role this will play in raising competence and awareness within the asbestos industry.  FAAM will create a forum for professionals to network and share best practice, whilst working towards achieving the BOHS objective of protecting the public from health hazards in the workplace. The launch event in London marks the official opening for membership and celebrates the work achieved so far in bringing experts together to form FAAM”

If you would like to find out further information about FAAM, please contact BOHS at the following link and we will be in touch,