Hazards in Museum Collections, Brooklands Museum

Event Date:26 September 2019 10:00 am - 26 September 2019 4:30 pm

Many historic and artistic collections contain material that is hazardous to health. They may be toxic, flammable, radioactive or contain hazardous materials such as asbestos.

This course will look at the principal hazards that may be found in such collections, either in the original material or through subsequent treatments such as the use of pesticides. It will highlight the hazardous materials and how to identify them; how to isolate and handle them and provide safe storage and display.

It will examine the legal issues regarding hazardous materials and the precautions and documentation to go with them, and the specific requirements for documentation.



 10.00a.m.        Registration and coffee

 10.15               Welcome and introductions

10.30               An introduction to hazards and risks in historic and artistic collections

10.45               Risks, hazards and the law

11.30               Categories of hazards and their threat to people
How the various hazards can be dangerous, e.g. toxic material, radioactive objects

12.00               Practical looking at a range of objects and assessing hazards, followed by                         discussion of risks

12.45               Lunch

The afternoon session will look at categories of hazards, how to assess, monitor and control them. It will include guidelines on handling, replacement and disposal of hazardous material.

1.30                 Toxic hazards, including heavy metals and other poisonous materials

2.00                 Biological hazards, including mould and pesticide residues

2.25                 Asbestos

2.45                 Miscellaneous hazards, including firearms, ammunition and explosives, solvents, dust etc.

3.30                 Risk assessment, monitoring, control measures and documentation

4.00                 Tea, Questions and Answers Discussion

4.30                 End


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