BOHS is delighted to announce three new additions to its range of asbestos courses – available from 3rd October 2016 – as it expands its industry-leading suite of qualifications, and continues to provide leadership on protection against asbestos.

Who Are These Courses For?

The three new, one day courses (RP402; RP404; RP405) are asbestos refresher courses and are aimed at asbestos workers such as surveyors; analysts; and duty holders, who have previously taken the following BOHS qualifications:

  • P402 – Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings
  • P404 – Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMMF and Requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation Following Clearance of Asbestos
  • P405 – Management of Asbestos in Buildings


For premises that contain asbestos, there is a legal responsibility to manage the material; this legal responsibility lies with the ‘duty holder’.  Put simply, the duty holder is the owner of the premises, or the person in charge of the maintenance or repair of the premises. Premises can include any industrial, commercial, or public buildings, such as factories, warehouses, office, schools, hospitals etc.

To take one of the new refresher courses, simply click on this link in order to find the nearest BOHS Approved Training Provider running the course.

Why Are Asbestos Refresher Courses Important?

Current legislation states that workers who undertake non-licensed asbestos work should complete  annual refresher training: HSE classes asbestos analysts and surveyors as non-licensed workers.  The requirement for yearly refresher training is also supported by HSE guidance documents HSG 264 Asbestos: the survey guide and HSG 248 Asbestos: the analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures; along with UKAS publication LAB 30.

BOHS asbestos refresher courses comply with the requirements outlined in the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012.

Continuing Leadership in Qualifications by Setting Industry Standards

Within BOHS’ new five year strategy, one of the strategic themes is ‘improving competence’.  These three new courses are part of that mission to improve competence – by delivering excellent products and services that deliver a public benefit outcome, which in turn contributes to the overall aim of ‘a healthy working environment for everyone’.

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, and facilitates access to a global network of Approved Training Providers – presenting the opportunity to achieve valuable qualifications. To date, over 45,000 BOHS asbestos qualifications have been undertaken.

More information about BOHS’ full range of qualifications can be accessed at