This nineteen-chapter book covers health and safety concerns, precautions, and remedies for all areas of museum work. This up-to-date reference is the ideal go-to book for conservators, exhibit producers, collection managers, curators, and administrators in all disciplines. The book incorporates a preface, an introduction by Monona Rossol, a series of short sidebars, numerous appendices, and an index. The book was conceived in three separate parts: Part One deals with the overarching issues of safety program planning and implementation. Part Two deals with specific hazards that may be encountered in work situations related to cultural property and the nature of the health issues posed by these hazards; and Part Three deals with the functions of museum staff (collections management, conservation, educational programming, exhibit production, research, and fieldwork) and the mechanisms by which museum workers encounter hazards in each issue is identified.
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