P402 – Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings
BOHS Proficiency Module
Exam date – 23rd Jan 2015
Tutor – Nathan Williams | Location – Bromley, Kent
Course fee - £475 + VAT (includes lunch) + Plus BOHS exam fee – £150
How to book - Click here to book online or call 020 8290 5629 to speak to the Asbestos team.
About the Course
To provide candidates with background and practical knowledge in the surveying of buildings for asbestos and to provide general guidance on management procedures necessary to minimise exposure to any identified asbestos.
Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide and have a minimum of six months prior experience of carrying out asbestos surveys. To download a free copy of the survey guide please click here.
The syllabus is structured into five sections. Time Allocation:
1 Introduction and Legislative Requirements 5%
2 Asbestos in Buildings 25%
3 Risk Assessments and Management of Asbestos 15%
4 Bulk Sampling and Personal Decontamination 20%
5 Practical Work 35%
Note: Reference is made in this syllabus to HSE guidance and other documentation. These may not be the most up-to-date relevant publications from HSE/other sources and are intended as guidance for candidates only.
This course will require approximately 16 hours of study time, of which at least 12 hours will be taught (teaching and formative practical assessment) and 4 hours will be independent (in the candidates’ own time).
Examinations and Assessment
Candidates are required to pass all of the following parts (A, B and C below) to be awarded the module.
A Formative Practical Assessment
The formative practical assessment is carried out by the training provider during the course. It enables candidates to demonstrate:
- knowledge of health and safety issues involved in surveying and bulk sampling of asbestos-containing materials,
- skills in taking samples of different types of asbestos-containing materials commonly used in buildings. (NB: materials that actually contain asbestos are not used in this assessment).
Further information about the formative practical assessment is published in the following document on the BOHS website: http://www.bohs.org/education/examinations/proficiencymodules/
B Written Theory Examination – P402 exam questions
This is a closed-book examination comprising 40 short-answer questions to be answered in two hours. The examination covers sections 1 to 4 of the syllabus in proportion to the time allocation given on the front page the syllabus. The examination is overseen by a BOHS invigilator.
C Written Practical Examination
This is an open-book practical examination with up to 35 questions, illustrated with photographs, to be answered in two hours. The examination covers section 5 of the syllabus in proportion to the time allocation shown in section 5. Candidates are permitted to access relevant reference material but not electronic databases. Communication between candidates is not permitted. The examination is overseen by a BOHS invigilator.
Candidates who pass all the parts (A, B and C) within 12 months will be awarded a Proficiency Certificate in Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings.
P402RPT: Report Writing for Asbestos Surveys
Candidates who hold P402: Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings may wish to gain formal recognition of their asbestos survey report writing skills by completing P402RPT: Report Writing for Asbestos Surveys.
Candidates are required to submit two field reports to BOHS for assessment. The reports must demonstrate that candidates have carried out, possibly under supervision, two field surveys for asbestos, which must include sampling, analysis and a material assessment.
Both reports must meet the minimum standard, as set out in the BOHS mark scheme.
Further details about reporting are published in the following documents which are published on the BOHS website: http://www.bohs.org/education/examinations/proficiency-modules/
Candidates who submit two satisfactory field reports will be awarded a Proficiency Certificate in Report Writing for Asbestos Surveys.