I have been asked to assist a local museum which has recently had a fire , and resulting asbestos contamination of their collection. Fortunately, only one room was badly burnt, and none of the collection is wet. However, our regulations in Australia require asbestos decontamination to be carried out by licenced practitioners only, so no conservators or museum staff will be permitted to be present in the room during this process. I am hopeful that a conservator will be permitted to provide some basic handling and surface cleaning training to the asbestos workers prior to commencement of the decontamination.
I have read the excellent article by Deucher, Moore and Hemlin from the JAIC in 2000 which provides some great guidance on decontamination methods. Does anyone else have any similar experiences that they could share with me, particularly in a situation where conservators were not permitted any access? Vanessa Wiggin Director Museumly 0402 137 826 vane...@artworksconservation.com ****** Unsubscribe by sending a message to consdistlist-le...@cool.conservation-us.org Searchable archives: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byform/mailing-lists/cdl/