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Online course on lab safety

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Monday, May 19, 2008
"Laboratory Safety for Conservation"
FAC online course
June 5 - July 2, 2008

Instructor:  Elizabeth S. Goins

Registration Fee:  AIC Members $200; Non-members $300

This on-line course covers important topics that are essential to
your safety, the safety of your co-workers, and preventing damage
from environmental hazards.  The course leads you through
development of a chemical hygiene plan for your laboratory, based on
readings, videos, and other materials that illustrate general
principles as well as specific guidelines for safety in the
laboratory.  Online discussions ensure that you understand the
material and know how it applies to conservation practices.

This material in this course is essential for anyone working in a
laboratory or supervising students, interns, or others in a
laboratory setting.

The course contents include:

    Chemical storage
    Handling of corrosives
    Waste handling
    Eye and face protection
    Working with flammable and toxic materials
    Carcinogens and long-range hazards
    Spill prevention and clean-up
    Combustibles and flammables
    Proper ventilation

Online discussion forums allow you to draw on the combined
experience of other participants and the course facilitators.  Best
of all, "Laboratory Safety for Conservation" comes to you.  All you
need is a computer with Internet access and you are ready to learn.

This four-week course begins on Thursday, June 5 2008 and continue,
with new activities and discussions each week, through July 2 2008.
The instructor, Elizabeth S. Goins, will guide discussions and offer
tips and resources beyond what you find on the course site.  You may
work on the course at any time within each week.

Required Text: You will need a copy of "Artist Beware" by Michael
McCann (1992 edition or later).  This book can be purchased through or other book retailers.

Time Requirements: Expect to spend at least six hours per week on
the course--roughly the equivalent of attending a full-day workshop
each week.  You will use this time to view videos, read supplemental
materials, and to read and respond to the work of others in the
course.  You choose when, according to your own schedule--at noon
during your lunch break, in the evening with a cup of coffee by your
side, or at six in the morning in your favorite jammies.

Technical Requirements: No special hardware or software is needed
for this course.  An internet connection and a reasonably up-to-date
browser are all that is required. The course videos are best viewed
with a high-speed connection.

Registration: The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300
for non-members. To register, complete and return the registration
form, which is available at
<URL:> or from the AIC
office. The registration deadline is June 3, 2008.  Participants
will be accepted in order of receipt of paid registration.
Enrollment is limited, so early registration is advised.

About the Facilitator: Elizabeth S. Goins has a background in art
conservation, preservation and material science. She obtained a
Bachelor of Arts in the Technology of Artistic and Historic Objects
and Art History from the University of Delaware. Before pursuing
graduate school, Elizabeth worked for Gold Leaf Studio and Mario's
Conservation in Washington D.C. where she studied gilding and
objects conservation. She received her doctorate in 1995 from the
University of London where she focused on alkoxysilanes and stone
conservation. Elizabeth spent two years completing the Frohlich
Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She began work as a
research scientist at the Image Permanence Institute funded by the
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities on the development of
software for the preservation of collections, "Climate Notebook."
Most recently she has been teaching at the Rochester Institute of
Technology where she is working to develop Cultural Resource
Management, a program of study which includes tracks in both art
conservation and museum studies at the undergraduate level. At RIT,
her research has been on: 19th century hydraulic mortars and
concrete, artist's materials and techniques, the deterioration of
magnetic tape, online and blended learning.

About the Series: "Laboratory Safety for Conservation" is part of
FAIC's online education series, "Business and Management Practices
for Conservators."  The series covers basic business skills with a
focus on the requirements of the conservation community.

Credits: This course was created with funding from the Getty
Foundation. It is presented with funding from the FAIC Endowment for
Professional Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and by gifts from members and friends of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Special thanks to the AIC Health and Safety Committee, James Martin,
Elizabeth S. Goins, the American Chemical Society, and Cyrelle

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC  20005
    202-452-9545, ext. 5
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot<-a t->aic-faic< . >org

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