Hazards in museum geological collections – the practicalities

NatSCA event
Friday, October 17, 2014 -
10:00 to 17:00

Organised by NatSCA, GCG, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Wales

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

NatSCA/GCG Members £28 / Non-members £41

A joint workshop from the Geological Curators' Group and Natural Sciences Collections Association and run jointly by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Wales.

Geological materials can present a variety of hazards to humans, sometimes with additional legal requirements to the way they should be stored and used. This workshop will clarify the nature of the hazards, and outline responsibilities and practical steps that will support museum professionals working with geological material. The focus will be on seeing real specimens and work areas, discussing how safe conditions can be developed at reasonable cost, and learning where to get expert support and advice.

Topics will include:

  • Responsibilities and risk assessments
  • Safe handling
  • Radioactive, asbestos and toxic specimens
  • Protecting specimens from hazards
  • Good laboratory practice
  • Looking after visitors

Members of NatSCA and GCG can request a code to purchase members' rate tickets from the membership secretary of GCG and NatSCA by emailing membership@natsca.org.

If you are unable to complete your booking through the Eventbrite system, please download and complete a paper form at your earliest convenience. We will only reserve a small number of tickets for those using paper forms, so please let us know when you post your form by emailing training@natsca.org. You can download the form by clicking here.