That’s an interesting point, Eva. In your experience, are inspectors usually willing to listen and understand the museum context, or are there occasions when heritage organisations have had to stop using equipment because it has not been possible to work to modern standards?
Thanks Paul and Neil very much for your thoughts! All very interesting and I think that all of your points will come up at our webinar, which is going to take place on 22nd April. Please do join us if you would like to, although I realise it may be at some unearthly hour for you! More info here.
Neil, your third point about access to skills is one that recurs in our discussions. Are there any initiatives in Australia to preserve and perpetuate them?
Health and safety legislation can make life difficult, particularly surrounding hazardous materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, PCPs etc. Legislation is in place for good reason and must be followed, but given the nature of much of the industrial heritage we work with it, is essential to have a good awareness and understanding of the legislation, as well as of the hazards themselves, to ensure safe and legal activity.