Guideline 18.3

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Guideline 18.3: Museum policies protect objects from particulates and chemical pollutants

What museum practices can assist in protecting objects from particulates and chemical pollutants?

[Placeholder ideas; needs amplification & revision]

  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building
  • Smoking is prohibited outside the building near air-intake vents
  • Windows are kept shut
  • Timely repairs are performed on broken windows and on dried putty and caulking around windows and doors to eliminate cracks, which admit dirt
  • Housekeeping keeps dust and particulates to a minimum
  • Policy of using object-safe materials, whenever possible, throughout museum
  • Caution in the use of chemical sprays for cleaning
  • Caution in use of chemicals for pest control (For more information on recommended methods of pest control, see STANDARD 20: Preventing Pest Damage).
  • Dedicated space is provided for exhibit construction to reduce particulates and pollutants in the exhibit location
  • Appropriate training provided to staff to ensure HVAC is functioning correctly, and there is timely renewal of filters and pollutant absorbers.
  • Ongoing costs for housekeeping, and for maintenance and renewal of pollution controls and equipment is included in museum’s operating budget.