BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has urged health and safety professionals to consider broadening their horizons and boosting their career prospects, by applying for a BOHS bursary worth over £1000 to take a free, market-leading course in occupational hygiene.

BOHS’s Bursary for Modules (BfM) Scheme offers financial assistance for health and safety professionals  already working in the field, to help them embark on a new career chapter: by taking the first steps towards entering the occupational hygiene profession, and by learning more about managing work-related health risks.  International modules eligible for the BfM Scheme include the following modules:

  • W507: Health effects of hazardous substances
  • W501: Measurement of hazardous substances (including risk assessment)
  • W505: Control of hazardous substances
  • W503: Noise and an introduction to vibration
  • W201: Basic principles of occupational hygiene

The Bursary will cover the cost of the first module taken by the candidate (this includes the training course and the written examination).

Winners of the bursaries will also receive free BOHS membership for the rest of the year, and mentoring – if desired – from a BOHS member to encourage continuing engagement with the module system, as a route into the occupational hygiene profession.

Alex Taylor is a past recipient of a BOHS bursary, and now works as an Occupational Hygienist for Validate Consulting.  At the time of applying for the bursary, Alex was working in the field of Occupational Health. Talking about the value of a BOHS bursary, he commented: “Being awarded the bursary enabled me to gain valuable knowledge of the field of Occupational Hygiene, and without this opportunity I wouldn’t have been able to benefit from that experience. Ultimately, the bursary was instrumental in developing my career into the field of Occupational Hygiene – a field I really enjoy, and which has lots of career opportunities.”

At a time when work-related health risks are under the spotlight as never before, BOHS remains the only occupational hygiene organisation with a Royal Charter, in recognition of its role as the foremost authority in occupational disease prevention, as well as the principal awarding body with global recognition in its field.

BOHS’s Faculty of Occupational Hygiene sets, develops and maintains the professional standards of occupational hygienists, acting as the only UK-based examining board for qualifications in occupational hygiene

The Faculty’s occupational hygiene qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised as the industry standard by top institutions, organisations and employers, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS); and the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).

Opening the latest application process, Tracey Boyle, President of BOHS, said, “Our Bursaries for Modules Scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for health and safety professionals to increase their skill set, enhance their CVs and connect with like-minded individuals.  Building on the success of previous years in promoting the occupational hygiene profession, and helping health and safety generalists begin exciting new career specialisations, we greatly look forward to receiving a range of first class applications in the latest round of the Scheme.”

How to apply for a Bursary

Applications are currently being accepted for BOHS’ BfM Scheme, with a closing date of 31 July 2017.  For full details of how to apply, please download the application form, to submit your entry by the end of July 2017. Full terms and conditions can be viewed in this document.