Health and Safety

Introduction to identifying and minimizing risks in museum collections

  • Starts Sep 21
  • 78 US dollars
  • ZoneFIVE

Class Details

This workshop includes lecture followed by demonstrations and hands-on training. Description: Many artifacts in cultural collections contain toxic substances either as a result of applied pesticides or as part of the object’s manufacture. Mishandling of these artifacts can result in health risks to museum staff, volunteers, students, researchers, and visitors. Topics include: 1. Overview of heavy metal pesticides (i.e. arsenic, mercury) and additional hazards (i.e. lead, chromium) found in cultural collections. 2. How to identify potentially contamination collections. How to test for contamination. 3. Discuss the health risks of exposure. 4. Provide safe handling and storage guidelines. 5. Establish institutional protocol for exhibit, loan, research, etc. of contaminated artifacts. 6. Health and Safety Basics: Regulations, standards, guidelines. 7. Demonstration of proper PPE procedures. 8. Hands on exercises: use of respirators, masks, gloves, suits, foot coverings. Instructor Bios: Paulette Reading is a textile conservator in Denver, CO. She has been in private practice since 2006 and has completed projects for many area museums, cultural institutions, and private clients. Paulette offers all aspects of conservation treatment including repair, cleaning, storage, mounting, and documentation of textiles. Additional services include completing condition surveys, heading workshops and lectures about the care of textiles, and exhibit preparation. Charles Koch is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with over 25 years of experience in the health, safety, and environmental field. He works to assess occupational safety needs, air permit requirements, identify applicable rules, prepare permit applications, negotiate permit terms and conditions, prepare monitoring, record keeping and reporting systems, develop periodic reports, etc. related to protection of the worker and the environment.

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Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to cancel, combine, or reschedule classes to adjust for enrollment. If it is necessary to cancel a class, all registered participants will be informed within 48 hours of the start date given the opportunity for a refund or transfer to another class. A full refund can be granted if a student requests a cancellation 48 hours or more before the scheduled start of class. By continuing to register, you agree to our full cancellation policy, see

Contact Details

  • ZoneFIVE

    1902 East Boulder Street, Colorado Springs, CO, USA