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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Some of the information included on this wiki may be out of date, particularly with regard to toxicological data and regulatory standards.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.

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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]


Getting Started

This page includes topics relevant to individuals who want a general introduction to health and safety issues in conservation.

Beginner's Guide to Health & Safety

Handouts, Charts, Brochures and Factsheets

AIC Health & Safety Committee Resources

Other Sources

Committee Articles and Guides

Finding a Health & Safety Professional

Personal Protective Equipment

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.

Respiratory Protection

Eye Protection

Hearing Protection

Skin Protection

Chemical Safety

The following topics relate to chemical handling, storage and labelling.

Chemical 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:

Chemical Storage

Hazardous Waste Disposal