ABP UK | P: P402
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Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in  Buildings

This three day BOHS proficiency course follows the BOHS P402 syllabus and is designed to equip students with the skills and practical knowledge of carrying out asbestos surveys in buildings and sampling techniques used. It also covers guidance given on the management of identified asbestos to minimise exposure. General guidance on management procedures and minimising exposure to asbestos is also given.

Two surveys must be submitted to the BOHS within a year of passing the exams to attain the P402 certificate. Practical experience is essential to achieve “competence”.

P402 1 Day Refresher

A one-day refresher course is also available and covers updates in legislation and working practices.  Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings Refresher Course enables candidates to revise and update their knowledge on all types of asbestos surveys, and to receive a certificate of course completion by passing a written examination, which covers both the theory and practice of surveying for asbestos in buildings. It is also an opportunity to practice some little-used sampling techniques. s.Those attending the course are expected to already hold the P402 certificate or CCP.

ABP Associates limited are registered with IATP and BOHS. This P402 teaching course has been awarded the BOHS’ “Gold Standard”.

Topics Covered

  • Legislative requirements under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
  • Asbestos in Buildings – types and uses of asbestos in buildings, health affects, types of survey and how to carry them out including what information needs to be recorded and the safety precautions required. Also risk assessment of asbestos found and how to manage it, such as through an asbestos register
  • Bulk sampling procedures and strategies

To view the BOHS P402 syllabus, please click here (PDF file; opens in new window)

  • 7 rs )Course Duration

P402: 3 days – including theory and written and practical examinations.
P402R: 1 day including written examination.

 Prior Knowledge

Candidates are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG 264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, and have a minimum of 6 months prior experience of carrying out asbestos surveys.


In 2017, 100% of our P402 candidates passed their practical exam and 85% passed their theory with ABP Associates Ltd.