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Subject: Gloves


From: Patricia Ewer <pewer>
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 1998
This is posted on behalf of Ellen Rickman non-subscriber.

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    At Biltmore House, in Asheville, NC, we are beginning a new
    program to train all curatorial, housekeeping, and maintenance
    staff in safe handling and movement of fine and decorative arts
    objects.  I am writing a training manual, and one aspect of the
    manual to be addressed is the use of gloves when handling
    artifacts.  I am recommending the use of white cotton gloves for
    certain types of artifacts, but not for others.  In particular,
    I am concerned about using cotton gloves for objects that are
    slick, that have rough surfaces, or are heavy and awkward to
    carry and therefore at risk of being dropped.  I am wondering
    about the safety of using unpowdered latex gloves in these
    situations.  Are other institutions using latex gloves?  Is
    anyone aware of risks associated with latex?  I would appreciate
    any feedback.

    Ellen Rickman
    Collections Manager
    erickman [at] biltmore__com

Patricia Ewer

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:7
                  Distributed: Thursday, July 2, 1998
                        Message Id: cdl-12-7-026
Received on Wednesday, 1 July, 1998

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