2021 Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit: Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health


Tuesday, October 19, 2021–Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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The 6th Annual Seminar will again be hosted by the Washington Conservation Guild, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Potomac Section, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Lunder Conservation Center, National Collections Program, and Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, 19 October 2021 (1:00 – 5:00 pm ET)
  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021 (1:00 – 5:00 pm ET)

Participants will hear collaborative presentations by OEHS and Collection Care professionals, with the theme of Control of Health and Safety Hazards in Museums, Libraries, Historic Sites, and Conservation Treatment.

Highlights include:

  • Panel on: Improving visual literacy skills to improve working safely.
  • Presentations on: Safe exhibit installation and visitor access; ergonomic challenges in conservation work; creating safe Covid-19 digitization practices for people and material culture; fire retardant coatings best suited to cultural heritage.
  • Collection Based Hazard Management studies: Comprehensive hazardous materials team policies, guidelines, and regulatory/licensed training; residual DDT, arsenic, other pesticides in archival/rare book collections; tin-mercury exposure assessment.
  • Virtual museum exhibits, including those related to worker health and safety.

Please register at Safety & Cultural Heritage: Eventbrite by Oct 16, 2021.

Instructions for entering the virtual platform will be provided closer to the Event.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations that allow all participants to engage fully. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning will be provided for all main panels and presentations. If you need accommodations for breakout sessions or other parts of the conference, please reach out to us at the email address below by October 10, 2021.

Questions Welcomed!


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