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Copyright: 2020. The Health & Safety Wiki pages are a publication of the Health & Safety Committee of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Disclaimer: The following list of articles and guides is offered for information purposes only. Some of the information included in the lists of published articles on this page may be out of date, particularly with regard to toxicological data and regulatory standards. More recent publications may include more up to date information, but there has been no attempt by the committee to review and update previously published articles in the AIC News or to exhaustively catalog current legal requirements and standards applicable to the profession. When using references from the publications listed, please use the most recently published articles on any particular topic. Also, because new information on safety issues is continually published, resources outside of AIC should be consulted for more specific information on toxicological data and regulatory standards. Many of the references listed in the links below as well as the Health and Safety Technical Resources for the Conservator can serve as resources for this type of information.

Health & Safety Guides Published in AIC News

Beginning in 1998, the Health & Safety Committee of AIC prepared or commissioned special pull-out sections for AIC News. Those guides have been added to the wiki for commenting by site visitors and updates by the Health & Safety Committee.

Please Note: Links will bring you to wiki page for the guide--some of the guides may have been updated and PDF versions of the original guide are also available.

Articles Published in AIC News

Committee members, along with consulting safety and healthcare professionals, write brief articles and features that are published in each issue of AIC News on health and safety topics relevant to the conservation community.

Every two years in September the Committee contributes the longer and more in-depth lead article to AIC News.
In 2015, the Committee began a series of articles on selection, use and care of various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Please Note: Links will bring you to the complete issue of AIC News. Articles are located under the Health & Safety section of each issue.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Articles

Name of Article Issue Author(s)
Hearing Protection March 2016 (41:2) 22-24 Sophia Kapranos, Kathryn Makos, Scott Robbins, and Julie Sobelman
Eye and Face Protection January 2016 (41:1) 17-21 Kathy Makos

Health & Safety Lead Articles

Name of Article Issue Author(s)
Please Read the Warning Label: Care of Historic Pharmacy Collections September 2018 (43:5) 1, 4 Jennifer French
Taking Time to Vent: Understanding Extraction and Exhaust September 2016 (41:5) 1, 3-10 Kerith Koss Schrager and William Jerema, PE
Construction and Conservator Safety September 2014 (39:5) 1, 3-6 Constance Lai
Reproducing Conservators: Health and Safety for Preconception, Pregnancy, and Beyond September 2012 (37:5) 1, 3-7 Joanne Klaar Walker, Corey Smith Riley, and Rachel Perkins Arenstein
The Hidden Hazards of Fire Soot September 2010 (35:5) 1, 3-5 Dawn Bolstad-Johnson
Fundamentals of Health and Safety: A New Approach September 2008 (33:5) 1 Dennis Ertel
Working at Heights September 2006 (31:5) 1, 7–8 Evan Kopelson
Mold: Evaluation of Risk and Decontamination September 2004 (29:5) 1, 3–4, 7 Dennis Ertel
Decontamination in Conservation September 2002 (27:5) 1, 3–6 Dennis Ertel
Overuse Injuries in Museum Conservators Sept 2000 (25:5) 1, 3-6 Michael McCann

Health & Safety Columns

Name of Article Issue Author(s)
Laser Safety May 2019 (44:3) 22 Dr. Martin Cooper
Flammability of Rehousing Materials March 2019 (44:2) 25 Josh Stewart
Paint Strippers: Evaluating available chemicals and their hazards January 2019 (44:1) 19 Kerith Koss Schrager
Eyewash Stations November 2018 (43:6) 21 Katherine McEnroe and Anita Dey
Taking the Lead in Lead Exposure Prevention: Mitigating Hazards in Stained Glass Conservation May 2018 (43:3) 21 Ariana Makau
Collections Recovered from Disaster Sites: Health and Safety Tips for Conservators January 2018 (43:1) 18 Tara Kennedy
Pigment Health & Safety Quick Guide November 2017 (42:6) 23 Maria Sullivan, Christina McLean, Meaghan Monaghan, and Sandra Deike
2017 Respirator Cartridge Guide September 2017 (42:5) 16 Aisha Wahab
Considerations for Conservators in the Prevention of Vision Problems July 2017 (42:4) 20 Cyndie Lack
Dangerous Detergents? Health and Safety Answers for Surfactant Questions May 2017 (42:3) 16 Laura Mina and Geneva Griswold
Improved Respirator Fit Testing at the Annual Meeting in Chicago March 2017 (42:2) 13 Health & Safety Committee
Portable Fume Extractors: Survey Summary January 2017 (42:1) 12 Health & Safety Committee
Welcome “Fall”! Be Prepared for the Unexpected (Safety Training Facts) November 2016 (41:6) 13 Health & Safety Committee
The Dangers of Dust Bunnies – Protect Yourself During IPM-related Cleaning July 2016 (41:4) 19 Laura Mina
Health & Safety Regulations, Resources, and the Internet May 2016 (41:3) 8 Julie Sobelman, CIH
Health & Safety Committee: Creating Partnerships to Help You! March 2016 (41:2) 21 Health & Safety Committee
Vision Care in Conservation January 2016 (41:1) 16-17 Justin Johnson
Safe Gelling November 2015 (40:6) 13 Miranda Dunn
Mythbusting Mold: Ten Facts You Should Know September 2015 (40:5) 14-15 Tara Kennedy
Studio Workshop Review Provides Vital Information for Private Conservators July 2015 (40:4) 18-19 Health & Safety Committee
Respirator Fit Tests in YOUR Neighborhood: AIC Partners with Local Conservation and Industrial Hygiene Groups! May 2015 (40:3) 17-18 Kathryn Makos
Stand Up and Stretch! May 2014 (39:3) 18-19 Anne Kingery-Schwartz, Erin Jue and Joanne Klaar Walker
NEW OSHA Web Tools for Identifying Safer Chemical Alternatives January 2014 (39:1) 12 Kathryn Makos
Be aware: Chemical Classification Changes on Safety Data Sheets During the Move to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) November 2013 (38:6) 12-13 Kathryn Makos
The AIC Health and Safety Committee in the International Arena September 2013 (38:5) 1, 3-5 Joanne Klaar Walker, Kathyrn Makos, James Roy Smith
Choosing Gloves: A Quick Reference Guide July 2013 (38:4) 14-17 Kerith Koss Schrager and Erin Jue
Some Chemical Things Considered: Glycol Ethers and Glymes: Making Sense of Confusing Terminology May 2013 (38:3) 8-10 Lisa Nelson
Tin-Mercury Amalgam Mirrors January 2013 (38:1) 12-15 Kerith Koss Schrager
Ergonomics: A Quick Note November 2012 (37:6) 10 Erin Jue
Not Your Mother's MSDS July 2012 (37:4) 19-21 Dawn-Bolstad Johnson and Joanne Klaar Walker. Reprinted in part from
Rare but There March 2012 (37:2) 13 Cheryl Podsiki
NIOSH Sets Exposure Limits for Nano-Titanium Dioxide September 2011 (36:5) 14-16 Reprinted in part from ACTS FACTS
Mobile Applications for the Health and Safety of the Conservation Lab July 2011 (36:4) 18 Corey Smith and Jane Klinger
Health Hazards for the Recovery of Cultural Property Affected by Oil Spills May 2011 (36:3) 11-14 Health and Safety Committee
New Safety Eyewear Standard: Confusion Over at Last January 2011 (36:1) 5 Reprinted in part from ACTS FACTS
Lead Levels in Bone Confirmed as Mortality Predictor March 2010 (35:2) 12 Reprinted in part from ACTS FACTS
OSHA Updates Standards for Personal Protection January 2010 (35:1) 14-15 Reprinted in part from ACTS FACTS
Risk Assessment September 2009 (34:5) 1, 8-10 Dennis Ertel
Prepare Your Lab for a Chemical Spill July 2009 (34:4) 16 Megan McFarlane
Some Chemical Things Considered: Xylene/Xylenes March 2009 (34:2) 14-16 The AIC Health and Safety Committee
Some Chemical Things Considered: Bisphenol A July 2008 (33:4) 11-12, 14-15 Marilen Pool
Respirator Fit Testing March 2008 (33:2) 16-17 Health and Safety Committee
High Altitude Tips for the Denver Meeting! January 2008 ( 33:1) 10-11 From and the AIC Health and Safety Committee
Dress for Disasters September 2007 (32:5) 15 Dennis Ertel
Spray Paint Study: Major Exposure by Skin Absorption September 2007 (32:5) 15 Reprinted in part, with permission from ACTS FACTS, June 2007, vol 21 no 1
Some Chemical Things Considered: Acetone July 2007 (32:4) 12, 14 Marilen Pool
California Proposes New Regulations Impacting Conservation X-Radiography July 2007 (32:4) 11-12 Terry Schaeffer
Your Workstation: is it Working for You? May 2007 (32:3) 16-17 Catherine Coueignoux
Check Your First Aid Supplies March 2007 (32:2) 16-17 Health and Safety Committee
Survey of Past Participants in the AIC Respirator Fit Testing Workshop May 2006 (31:3) 14 Health and Safety Committee
All Ears: The Importance of Noise Protection March 2006 (31:2) 17–18 Catherine Coueignoux-London
Some Chemical Things Considered: Cyclododecane January 2006 (31:1) 16–17 Marilen Pool
Hazardous Holdings: AIC Archives Discussion Group, June 12, 2005 September 2005 (30:5) 1, 11–13 Health and Safety Committee
Does a Woman's Solvent Exposure Affect her Offspring? Summary of a Recent Study May 2005 (30:3) 18–19 Dennis Ertel
Ultra Violence to Your Eyesight July 2004 (29:4) 11–12 Mary Ballard
Is Your Old Dust Mask the Respirator You Thought It Was? March 2004 (29:2) 21–22 Dennis Ertel
News from the National Library of Medicine Website November 2003 (28:6) 18–20 Health and Safety Committee
OSHA: A Dual Role in American Workplaces September 2003 (28:5) 1, 5, 7–8 William Coulehan
A Practical Guide for Work with Bird Droppings and Roosts July 2003 (28:4) 17–20 David Hinkamp
A Summary of Two OSHA Inspections in Museums March 2003 (28:2) 19–20 Dennis Ertel
HEPA HEPA HEPA January 2002 (27:1) 24 Chris Stavroudis
Health and Safety News November 2001 (26:6) 13 Members of the AIC Health & Safety Committee
Solvents Considered at AIC Annual Meeting in Dallas: "A Teas Refresher"; "Solvent Solver Program"; and "Solvent Grade: Does it Matter?" September 2001 (26:5) 1, 3-7 John Burke, Mark Ormsby, David Erhardt
Mothballs Reconsidered July 2001 (26:4) 21 Members of the AIC Health & Safety Committee
Health & Safety News: Ergonomics Standard Published; Linonene Products Pollute Indoor Air; and Safety Booklet March 2001 (26:2) 11
Regulations Change for Cobalt Indicating Silica Gel January 2001 (26:1) 14 Lisa Golberg and Steven Weintraub
Health and Safety News: Health and Safety Responsibilities for Employees, Interns, Volunteers, Apprentices, and Students Jan 2000 (25:1) 14 Kathryn Makos
Conserving Your Health and Safety: Using Consistent Choices to Minimize Exposure Sept 1999 (24:5) 1, 18-19 Dr. Patricia Hamm
Health and Safety News Jan 1999 (24:1) 12 Cathy Hawks
Health and Safety News: Internet Health and Safety Resources May 1998 (23:3) 8
Health and Safety News: Results of the Health and Safety Committee Survey Mar 1998 (23:2) 6-9
Health and Safety News Jan 1998 (23:1) 6-7 Hilary A. Kaplan
Health and Safety News May 1997 (22:3) 8 Hilary A. Kaplan
MSDSs: Reading Between the Lines for the past decade... March 1997 (22:2) 1-5 Monona Rossol
Health and Safety News Jan 1997 (22:1) 8 Hilary A. Kaplan

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