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Online course on lab safety

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-at->
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
FAIC Online: Laboratory Safety for Conservation
September 5 -October 4, 2013
Instructor: Mary E. Winkler

Registration Fee:
    AIC Members $200
    Non-members $300
Early-bird Special: Register by Aug. 22, 2013
    AIC Members $120
    Non-members $180

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. Follow-up
quizzes and online discussions ensure that you understand the
material and know how it applies to conservation practices.

Register now:


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.

"Laboratory Safety for Conservation" is a four-week course. The
course will begin on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and continue, with
new activities and discussions each week, through October 4, 2013.
The instructor, Mary E. Winkler, 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 new or
used 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.

Although the timing of your participation is flexible, we have found
that participants have difficulty keeping up with the course during
extended trips. We recommend planning to log in at least twice per
week to get good value from the activities and discussions during
the course.

Is distance learning right for me?  We're glad you asked. We all
learn in different ways. Take the interactive quiz (found on the
main "Take a Course" page, or click here) to see if this type of
course is a good match for your learning style.

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

Registration: To register, scroll to the top of the page and click
on the word "Register" in bright blue. If you would like to register
offline, please contact

    Abigail Choudhury

The registration deadline is September 3, 2013.  Special early bird
discount available through August 22, 2013.  Participants will be
accepted in order of receipt of paid registration. Enrollment is
limited, so early registration is advised.

About the Facilitator: Mary Winkler is a Certified Safety
Professional currently working for the Smithsonian Institution as
Occupational Safety and Health Manager where she has been involved
with the oversight for safety and health programs for the 19
museums, research centers and the zoological park.   From 1992 to
2007 she managed Safety and Health programs for the USDA's Henry
Wallace National Agricultural Research Center.   Her work included
developing and implementing the Safety and Health Programs including
Laboratory Safety Programs for the complex 7000 acre research center
which also housed several significant national collections for
agriculture.   She was elected Chapter President of the National
Capital Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers from
2006-2007 and has been serving on its Executive Board since 2004.
Prior to her work with the USDA she worked as a Chemists assistant
for the DuPont Company's Stine Haskell Laboratories in the Chemical
Discovery Division.

About the Series: "Laboratory Safety for Conservation" is part of
FAIC's online education series, "Business and Management Practices
for Conservators." Funded by The Getty Foundation, 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. FAIC
courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members,
but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this

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

For more information, contact:

    Abigail Choudhury
    Development and Education Coordinator
    Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
      Historic and Artistic Works
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC 20005
    Fax: 202-452-9328

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:6
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Received on Tuesday, 9 July, 2013

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