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Wednesday, May 31 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
(Health and Safety) Asbestos Safety and Current Practices in Cultural Properties Lunch

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The treatment and handling of materials containing, or contaminated with, asbestos is a complicated issue for collection care professionals. Poor handling can result in health risks and regulatory problems. Ensuring safe access, display and installation of these collections requires proper protective equipment, training, engineering controls, isolation, and labeling. For conservators, questions about identification methods and safe work protocols will depend upon intended use, installation requirements, storage conditions, and how the proposed work has been classified according to federal and state regulations. Collaboration with health and safety experts is critical to each of the following steps: material testing, exposure monitoring to develop adequate controls per OSHA and EPA, receiving the correct level of regulatory training and medical certifications, and protecting collections during contracted abatement.

Health and safety professionals from the Art Institute of Chicago and Environmental Analysis, Inc., will provide examples of asbestos-containing building and collection materials, offer resources for certified contractors to conduct testing and abatement, and describe the questions you should be asking.  Advice will be given on how to prepare for collection storage and work area restrictions during asbestos removal activities. Presenters will also discuss the levels of OSHA training, engineering controls and best practices required to prevent asbestos exposures, as well as where to find EPA-accredited training providers.
Conservators experienced in working with asbestos-related collections will present case studies involving consolidation, isolation and decontamination, along with discussion on the complexities involved in making decisions about the right treatment and safety protocols for handling objects that are made from asbestos-containing materials.

A plated lunch will be served.

Cost: $39

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Peter Dennis

Vice President of Operations, Environmental Analysis, Inc.
Peter Dennis is currently the Vice President of Operations for Environmental Analysis Inc. Mr. Dennis has more than 27 years of diversified environmental management experience, including environmental planning, resource management, staff scheduling, project management, building inspections... Read More →
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Lisa Goldberg

Conservator, Goldberg Preservation Services, LLC
Project leader for STASH, AIC News Editor and conservator in private practice. Lisa Goldberg is a private conservator with a focus on preventive care as well as health and safety issues. She is a member of SPNHC and AAM, and is a Professional Associate of AIC. As long time editor... Read More →
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Kathryn Makos

Industrial Hygienist (Retired), Smithsonian Institution (Ret.)
Kathryn Makos, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Masters of Public Health (University of IL), retired (2013) from the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management, where she was responsible for developing industrial hygiene programs and conducting... Read More →
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Sara Munoz-Abramowicz

President and CEO, Environmental Analysis, Inc.
Sara Munoz-Abramowicz is President and CEO of Environmental Analysis Inc. (EAI), Mrs. Munoz-Abramowicz has a staff of more than ten specialists, which include, Industrial Hygienists, Lead Designers, Inspectors and Project Managers. After more than 22 years in the environmental consulting... Read More →
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Margaret Skimina

Associate Director for Environmental Health, Safety, and Fire Protection, Art Institute of Chicago
Margaret Skimina, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Environmental Trainer, 18 years as Associate Director for Environmental Health, Safety, and Fire Protection with the Art Institute of Chicago’s Office of Museum Facilities’ Department where she is responsible for developing... Read More →
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Lisa Young

Supervisory Conservator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Lisa Young has served as objects conservator at the National Air and Space Museum since 2009. She earned her B.Sc. in Conservation at the University of Wales, Cardiff. She has worked at NASM since 1997, where she researched the preservation of spacesuits. From 1999-2006 she was the... Read More →

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Atlas Preservation Inc.

Atlas Preservation Inc.
Atlas Preservation was conceived based on the need for a one stop source for all monument restoration supplies. Our mission quickly expanded to include many other fields relating to conservation & historic preservation. such as products for metal conservation, historic window repair... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Water Tower Concourse Level, West Tower