Health & Safety

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This page will link to a number of important Health & Safety resources of interest to individuals and institutions holding natural science collections.

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The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) co-published Health and Safety for Museum Professionals, edited by Catharine Hawks, Michael McCann, Kathyrn Makos, Lisa Goldberg, David Hinkamp, Dennis Ertel, and Patricia Silence. The nineteen chapters in this comprehensive volume were written by top specialists in their field and is organized into three parts:

  • Part 1: Principles of Safety and Health - fire protection, occupational hazards, and waste management.
  • Part 2: Specific Hazards - particulates, chemical hazards, and toxins, physical, mechanical and electrical hazards, and radiation.
  • Part 3: Museum Work - facilities management, emergency salvage, collections management, fieldwork, conservation and restoration, and exhibit protection and maintenance.

The hardcover book is available for purchase at University Products

Online Resources

American Institute for Conservation's Health & Safety Committee maintains an extensive wiki page covering a wide range of relevant topics including:

  • Personal Health & Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Working with Hazardous Collections Materials
  • Historic Building Hazards
  • Hazard Communication
  • Work Practices
  • Chemicals
  • Regulatory Organizations and Standards
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Emergencies & Disasters