Collection Activities Archives: Health & Safety

Distinguishing Between Ethanol and Isopropanol in Natural History Collection Fluid Storage

Distinguishing Between Ethanol and Isopropanol in Natural History Collection Fluid Storage Source: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Natural history specimens in fluid storage are typically maintained in either ethanol (grain or ethyl alcohol) (CH3CH2OH), isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol or propan-2-ol) [(CH3)2CHOH] or formalin (CH2O). If not previously documented, identifying storage fluids can be […]

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Mold!

Mold is a frequent hazard in collections. In this 90-minute webinar, participants learned how to identify mold, deal safely with a mold outbreak, and how to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

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Hurricane Sandy Collections Recovery

In response to the ongoing recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Online Community hosted a webinar and live chat on Tuesday, November 20. This webinar brought together conservators with years of experience in the field of disaster recovery to provide the cultural community with critical information on salvaging damaged collections. Featured Resources: PowerPoint presentation […]

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Security for Collections: Preventing Loss and Planning for Any Budget

From loss prevention to staff training to electronic security, there is a lot to consider when safeguarding your institution’s collections. Stevan  Layne, a leading authority on security management, risk assessment, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, and loss prevention spoke live with participants on how to incorporate smart security into their collections care plan – at any […]

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