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BOHS P402 – Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings

BOHS approved course covering practical knowledge for asbestos surveying.

Course Overview

Our BOHS P402 course module is the minimum recognised qualification required to undertake asbestos surveys. This module provides practical knowledge about surveying of buildings for asbestos and the management procedures necessary to minimise exposure. You’ll learn about asbestos legislation, asbestos in buildings, and their public health risk, principles of asbestos surveys, risk assessment and risk management strategies, asbestos registers, methods of bulk sampling, suitable PRE/PPE and personal decontamination.

Course Content

  • Building Construction and the use of asbestos
  • Survey Types
  • Bulk sampling and material assessment 
  • Survey Reports
  • Quality Control


Formative Practical Assessment 

This is carried out by the training provider during the course. It enables the candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of health and safety issues involved in surveying and bulk sampling of asbestos-containing materials. And the skills in taking samples of different types of asbestos containing materials commonly used in buildings.

Written Examination 1

An open book examination comprising of 35 short answer questions to be answers in 90 minutes. The exam covers sections 1 and 2 of the syllabus.

Written Examination 2

A second open book examination comprising of another 35 short answer questions to be answers in 90 minutes. The exam covers sections 3 to 5 of the syllabus.


Please note – an additional BOHS exam fee (VAT free) will be added at checkout, this fee is paid directly to BOHS.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are required to carry out, or commission an asbestos survey under regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Including asbestos surveyors, or managers of surveyors and surveying teams. Asbestos re-inspectors or anyone that undertakes asbestos re-inspections. Also, those who require a detailed understanding of asbestos surveying principles.

Prior Knowledge and Understanding

Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG 264 Asbestos, the survey guide and have a minimum of six months prior experience of assisting on asbestos surveys. In addition, candidates are expected to have had training to cover the core competencies outlined within the foundation material detailed within Table A9.1 of HSG248. This may be achieved by in-house learning or through the P400 foundation module.

References and Further Reading

  1. The Control of Asbestos Regulations (2012)
  2. L143 (2013), Managing and working with asbestos. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, HSE
  3. HSG264 (2012) Asbestos: The survey guide, HSE
  4. Sanderson, Bill (2007), Asbestos for Surveyors 2nd edition, EG Books
  5. HSG 248 (2021), Asbestos: The analyst’s guide for sampling, analysis, and clearance procedures, HSE
  6. HSG227 (2002), A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises, HSE
  7. INDG223 (rev 5) (2012), Managing asbestos in buildings: A brief guide, HSE
  8. Telford, Thomas DETR (1999), Asbestos and man-made mineral fibres in buildings: Practical Guidance
  9. HSG53 (2013), Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide, HSE
  10. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, UKAS
  11. RG 8 (edition 4) (2015) – Accreditation of Bodies Surveying for Asbestos in Premises, UKAS

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