Object Handling Policy

The object handler is responsible for the movement of materials from the staging table to the final location, the conservation check, and the evaluation for acclimatized storage.

  • Respect the integrity of the object — treat each as if it were the finest in the collection.
  • Make sure you are not wearing or carrying anything that might damage the object: jewelry, hanging glasses, large belt buckle, swinging lab coat.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous substances near an object: food, drink, cigarettes, pens, felt tip markers, tools.
  • Hands must be clean, dry, and free of lotion or ointment.
  • Know where the object is going before you move it.
  • Make sure that the path is unobstructed.
  • The spot should be clean, sturdy, and well in from the edge.
  • Look for weak points and stress areas plus surface conditions.
  • Never rush; take your time.
  • Handle and move objects as infrequently as possible.
  • Move only one object at a time; use both hands.
  • Provide overall support for the object from beneath. Never lift an object by any appendage or projection, such as a handle, rim, strap, or arm.
  • Do not move objects that are too large, heavy, or fragile. Ask for help.
  • The most stable surface of an object should serve as its base.
  • Place the object on a clean, padded surface, away from excessive heat, drafts, and sunlight.
  • Save any written or documentary information that is with the object.
  • Never remove tape, glue, etc., from the object. It may damage the surface.
  • Consider placement of appendages, spouts, handles, and projections when putting an object down.
  • Avoid putting weight on appendages.