Working safely with natural history collections
About this course
Covers hazards posed by specimens and laboratory work, and how to protect people, collections and the environment.
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Working with natural history specimens has the potential to be dangerous.
Risks can include anything from hazardous or toxic chemicals to manual handling of heavy samples.
About this course
This one-day course covers the major hazards posed by specimens and laboratory work.
It allows those working with natural history collections to understand the risks and learn how to protect themselves, their team, their collection and the environment.
The course will be led by our conservation team and will be structured, participative and stimulating. Delegates will get printed course materials which will be used on the day and can be taken away for future reference.
Hazards and how to identify them
- radioactive specimens
- biological hazards
- wet collections
- heavy specimens
- how to undertake a risk assessment.
By the end of this course delegates will be able to:
- identify the hazards posed by chemicals in the lab
- identify the hazards posed by equipment and tasks in the lab
- know how to analyse specimens for hazardous substances
- appreciate the use of risk assessments in mitigating risks.
Contact the Training and development team on +44 (0)207 942 6182 or email us.
- at the Natural History Museum
- one day course
- concession price available
Who is it for?
- individuals who work with and handle natural history collections
Contact the Training and development team on +44 (0)207 942 6182
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Focuses on strategic steps to manage the risks and effects a disaster might have on a collection, and the technical skills required for salvage.
Covers pest management best practice and the application of practical approaches, as well as a tour of the Museum’s cutting-edge facilities.
Experienced conservators and entomologists teach pest management strategies in depth, including the identification of problem insects.
The fundamentals of natural history conservation
Teaches practical preservation techniques for different materials and best practice for optimum control of the museum environment.