Hazards in Collections

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This Hazards course consists of four sessions on two Thursdays.

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This online course (which is conducted over two Thursday mornings) is a basic introduction to the topic of hazards in collections. It provides an awareness of a range of commonly encountered hazards, giving relevant object and archival examples, indicating situations where there may be a chance of being harmed and describing useful precautions which may help to reduce risks.

The prime focus is the range of hazardous objects and hazardous materials which may be encountered by conservators, technicians, collections managers, registrars, etc who work with museum, gallery and other collections of objects and art. The emphasis is on the evaluation of the risks posed by different materials, measures to control / minimise such risks* and the practicalities of protecting oneself and other staff against them including the use of warning labelling. Over the 4 sessions, the materials covered include asbestos, radioactive substances, toxic metals, pesticides, biohazards, chemicals, poisons, controlled drugs, firearms and ammunition, nitrate film and polychlorinated biphenyls. Physical hazards (blades, glass, pressure vessels etc) are also considered. There will be various group exercises. Handouts will be provided.

* Legislation exists in most countries to control the availability and use of hazardous materials. This is mentioned in relation to UK law (which remains very close to the EU but not covered in detail

16.9.21: 9.00 - 10.30 am BST

Introduction and General Principles

Toxic Metals: Mercury, Lead, Arsenic

16.9.21: 11.00 - 12.30

Asbestos + Ionising Radiation

23.9.21: 9.00 - 10.30 am BST

Pesticides & Preservatives + Moulds & Fungi

23.9.21: 11.00 - 12.30

Poisons, Controlled Drugs, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Carbon Tetrachloride

Nitrate Film + Explosives & Firearms

Physical Hazards

All four parts are followed by a Q&A

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International Academic Projects Ltd (IAP) was formed in London in 1989 as an international educational charity whose aims are to help promote education, training and research.

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