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2019 Spring Workshop
Danger! Handling Hazardous Materials

Monday, May 13, 2019

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Registration opens soon!

Workshop overview

The quiet workrooms and storage areas of museums house a number of items that

present danger to unsuspecting museum staff and others. Of primary concern are

firearms and ammunition.  But many explosive, flammable, and/or poisonous chemicals

contaminate objects routinely displayed in museums.  From residues found on

agricultural tools to vintage medicine bottles, unseen chemicals can be as potent today

as when first applied.


Join us and discover how best to identify and deal with collection items that are

potentially dangerous: from the obvious (handguns, rifles, and swords) to the

unexpected (taxidermied animals and Native American baskets treated with



Workshop details

During the workshop, Sarah and Joseph will provide helpful guidelines to facilitate

identification of unexpected safety problems in your own collection. The proper handling,

care, documentation, and storage of a variety of hazardous materials will be discussed.

Joseph and Sarah will explore the practical and ethical issues surrounding the care of

historic artifacts. Who may handle what? When? What state/local agencies regulate the

handling of these materials?


Share examples from your museum’s holdings. 

However, participants are cautioned to bring only photographs or digital images to share. 

Digital images will be projected on screen and shared with the group.



Benton County Museum 

1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR (directions)

Cost (boxed lunch included)

$ 35  for OMA members

$ 50  for non-members, which includes OMA annual membership


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