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Health & Safety Committee Conservation Wiki
The Health & Safety wiki pages are created and monitored by the members of the Health & Safety Committee of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Some of the information included on this wiki may be out of date, particularly with regard to toxicological data and regulatory standards. Also, because new information on safety issues is continually published, resources outside of AIC should be consulted for more specific information.
About the Committee
The Health & Safety committee provides educational and technical information to the AIC membership to increase knowledge of safety hazards and general health issues related to the conservation profession. It provides information through lectures, workshops, displays, AIC's publications, AIC's website, and other electronic and print media. It also addresses health and safety issues of concern to the AIC membership by maintaining current information through research, by collaboration with health and safety professionals and with other health and safety organizations, and, periodically, by statistically valid surveys, the results of which will facilitate establishing priorities.
Members of the health and safety committee serve one four-year term with a possible renewal for a second term. The chair usually serves for two years, and the conservation student member serves for a single two-year term. The committee always includes one health and safety professional.
Have a question or concern about health and safety in your conservation work? Send it to the committee at [email protected]
This page includes topics relevant to individuals who want a general introduction to health and safety issues in conservation.
Handouts, Charts, Brochures and Factsheets
AIC Health & Safety Committee Resources
- Start Here! Introductory Health & Safety Resources(2 pages)
Introductory health and safety resources and laboratory safety training tip sheet.
- Chemical Protective Glove Selection Chart(1 page)
Chart outlining appropriate materials to be used with specific chemicals. One 8 1/2" x 14" page.
- Chemical Protective Glove Selection Chart(2 page)
Chart outlining appropriate materials to be used with specific chemicals. Two 8 1/2" x 11" pages.
- First Aid Kit
Brochure containing information on first aid supplies and procedures. (English)
- First Aid Kit (Spanish)
Brochure containing information on first aid supplies and procedures. (Spanish)
- Sample Construction Site Safety Orientation Fact Sheet
List of items that are meant for review during the orientation process before anyone is allowed on the construction site.
- Stand Up and Stretch!
Guide with office-friendly ergonomic stretches designed specifically for conservators.
- Using Filtering Facepiece (FFP) Respirators:
Health & Safety Committee document outlining use and selection of FFP respirators (commonly known as disposable dust masks)
- Pigment Toxicity Chart: (6 pages)
This chart is published as part of the Pigment Health and Safety Quick Guide (AIC News, November 2017) and is intended to assist conservators in assessing the risks associated with common dry pigments. It should be used in conjunction with other resources, including the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each material. References consulted for this chart and indicated at the end of each entry have been published separately. See Table 2: Hazards of Metals and Metal Compounds for health hazards related specifically to the metal and metal compounds found in pigments.
- OSHA Factsheet: Laboratory Safety Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
OSHA document outlining components that should be included in your laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for conservators refers to protective gear, garments or equipment used to protect the conservator from injury or exposure. PPE generally protects only the user and, therefore, should be used in conjunction with other health and safety measures to ensure a safe working environment.
The following topics relate to chemical handling, storage and labelling.
GHS Secondary Labels
H&S Committee Label Templates:
Labels that are compliant with the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication and will fit small, secondary containers.
Downloads are Word Templates for 1" x 2 3/8" labels (30/sheet).
Note: Some adjustment of margins may be needed for your printer
These labels may need be edited to reflect the safety information provided by the manufacturer of your specific chemical
Commercially Available Labels:
- MySafetyLabels.com write-on secondary labels
- Avery GHS label software and templates
Avery makes it easy to create and print your own chemical labels with UltraDuty Labels, FREE GHS software and templates, and your existing desktop printer. Or let Avery WePrint, Avery's professional printing service, print your labels for you.