A tale of hazards: Ingenium’s industrial collections move

Creator: Skye Marshall, and Jacqueline Riddle

Source: Conservar Património

Publisher: ARP – Associação Profissional de Conservadores-Restauradores de Portugal

Rights: Approval to upload a pdf of each article to the Big Stuff website provided by Associação Profissional de Conservadores-restauradores de Portugal, with an acknowledgement that they were published by Conservar Património and the link to the Conservar Património issue they are in.

Date: 28/09/2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14568/cp29217

Keywords: Collections move, Asbestos, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Mercury, Radioactive, Hazardous collections

Abstract: In 2018, Ingenium began a large-scale collections move, consolidating artefacts from four rental warehouses into a new purpose built storage facility. Collection hazards were assessed, prioritised and treated according to Ingenium’s comprehensive Collection Risk Management Program (CRMP), placing health and safety at the forefront of collections care. This paper will present hazard assessment and mitigation in one warehouse, the Building 2421 Reserve Collection, showing the challenges overcome to move a large industrial collection on a tight schedule and with limited staffing and resources. A selection of case studies will provide examples of hazard mitigation in artefacts containing asbestos, radioactivity, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury. The case studies demonstrate how simple solutions and triage treatments were implemented by conservators and specialised contractors in order to mitigate collection hazards during the move project. The Building 2421 Reserve Collection move was completed in December 2021 and the full collections move was completed in August 2022.

Reference: Marshall, S., & Riddle, J. (2023). A tale of hazards: Ingenium’s industrial collections move. Conservar Património, 44, 15–29. https://doi.org/10.14568/cp29217

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