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British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)


BOHS has strong national and international alliances with other health and safety organisations, the HSE, trade unions and business.

With a multi-disciplinary membership from industry, health, education and research, we are by far the most prominent hygiene society in Europe and now form a single focal point to promote and drive forward the profession on behalf of all practitioners, regulators, academics and students.

As a learned and professional society, established for over 60 years, we provide internationally recognised qualificationsscientific conferencesmembership services and publications. The Faculty of Occupational Hygiene within BOHS is recognised internationally as a significant professional examination and qualification body and plays a vital role in developing and maintaining the professional standards of its practitioners.

In 2012, BOHS was delighted to be awarded Royal Chartered status and recognised as the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection. As a science-led charitable body, we work to protect everyone’s right to a healthy working environment.

We provide you with access to experts in the field, specialist occupational health and hygiene information, details of relevant regulatory changes or new information on workplace health risks and what these might mean. Offering professional support, news, reviews, events, we are keeping you up-to-date and providing you with networking opportunities with fellow professionals, forums for debate and information exchange, and a wide range of publications. 

The BOHS flagship publication is the Annals of Work Exposures and Health published by Oxford University Press. The Annals is dedicated to presenting advances in exposure science supporting the recognition, quantification and control of exposures at work, and epidemiological studies on their effects on human health and wellbeing.

BOHS Strategy 2021 – 2025


Our mission is to safeguard the UK’s current and future health through the effective management of the workplace environment.


Our aims are to:

  • Work to eliminate harmful exposures.
  • Promote safe and effective substitutes for existing hazards.
  • Design out threats to human health.
  • Manage out work practices that place people at risk.
  • Ensure all people in all working environments have the right protection at the right time.


Our vision is of a country where work is not a cause of acute or chronic ill-health.


Our approach is led by principle, informed by science, enabled by professionalism, and guided by good sense.

The history of BOHS has been documented in the following link from 1953 when BOHS was founded to 2020 when the first virtual conference was hosted:

Membership is offered by BOHS

Education in Occupational hygiene at universities.  There are no undergraduate courses in the UK, there are post graduate courses that are accredited to align with professional membership to BOHS.

To contact a member of the team:

5/6 Melbourne Business Court
Millennium Way
Pride Park
Derby DE24 8LZ

 01332 298101

This video outlines some of the different hazards Occupational Hygiene entails.

BOHS is the leading awarding body for qualifications in relation to health risk exposures in the workplace. As the Chartered Society for Workplace Health Assessment, we align our standards with the RQF and ISO.

As the only UK-based examining board for occupational hygiene, BOHS qualifications are internationally recognised by all leading employers and institutions. This includes the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).

We are the only awarding body for the W500 series occupational hygiene modules and the International Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH), as well as offering the W201 Basic Principles in Occupational Hygiene qualification, all of which are part of the OHTA International Training Scheme and Qualifications Framework.

BOHS exam systems are approved by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the industry training board for the UK construction industry.

Accreditation and Endorsement

BOHS is also one of the 16 certification boards that belong to the National Accreditation Recognition (NAR) Committee. The NAR Committee exists to promote global respect for and recognition of occupational hygiene certification schemes which meet or exceed the IOHA Model Certification Programme.
To help raise standards and awareness among non-specialists and companies, we also endorse a range of partner courses on essential topics of worker health protection.

Why Attend a BOHS Event?

Our events are a great way of networking; meeting with old friends in the industry and making new ones along the way. BOHS also offers a range of professional development courses and other industry events in collaboration with our partners. Members benefit from discounted rates and all our events qualify for CPD points to show dedication to developing in your field.

BOHS Events

BOHS provides a range of conferences and events across a variety of themes and topics ranging from webinars and regional meetings to our annual LEV and asbestos events and the very popular 3 day annual conference with additional professional development courses.

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