How to dress your conservator

In museum collections some objects may have been treated with toxic or poisonous materials like arsenic and mercury. These elements were used as a conservation method and as pest treatment. Generally, we don’t have records of prior treatments, nor do we know exactly witch objects could be a health risk to the conservators. Therefore, we must be properly equipped beforehand.

So, here comes a step-by-step photo series on how to dress your conservator:

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This is our sanitation box. Complete with wall size filters to absorb dust and toxic particles.

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Firstly, ad your conservator to the designated area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second, equip with Tyvek suit covering almost the entire body.

 

 

 

 

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Thirdly, put on gloves….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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….and protective socks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last thing to be added is a mask and matching belt with fresh air filters. The powered respirator fits round the face for optimal protection and has a flow of air over the face.

 

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Front

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Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the conservator is ready to take on potentially toxic or mold infested or very dusty objects. Now, that’s good health and safety!