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Museums, Part 1 - Exploring Interdisciplinary Teaching and Community Collaboration With Museum Studies and OEHS Campus Programs (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at AIHce EXP 2022

Managing cultural heritage collections often involves occupational exposures to toxic pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, radioactive pigments, solvents, and silica dust. Museum Studies/Conservation Program graduates receive few OEHS lectures in their curriculum. Thus,they are entering the workforce without training in hazard identification/control. The hazards faced by museum staff are not well-known by most practicing OEHS professionals. The AIHA Museum & Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group seeks to create interdisciplinary teaching/experiential learning opportunities between Museum Studies Departments, OEHS Programs, AIHA Student Sections, and local museums. Part 1 of this two-part education session will discuss and share: 1) examples of incorporating OEHS materials into IUPUI Museum Studies Courses; 2) OEHS challenges of collection work for IH students at Purdue University School of Health Sciences; 3) the need for safety practices in medical history collection work; and 4) the benefits of hosting on-site opportunities for students to apply their knowledge. The presenters will outlines plans to expand OEHS and museum studies concepts throughout their courses, develop collection-centric projects for students in both programs, and foster community-partner relationships to address specific OEHS issues. The session will include breakout-groups to encourage attendees, particularly from campuses, to collaborate on applying this model.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:

• Identify common hazards within the museum and cultural heritage industry.
• Recognize the museum and cultural heritage industry professionals have unique occupational exposure risks.
• Describe challenges related to mitigating museum and cultural heritage exposure hazards.
• Create curriculums for students in Museum Studies Departments and Schools of Public Health.
• Explain how collaborations between Museum Studies Departments and Schools of Public Health can benefit students.
• Develop strategies for museum and cultural heritage industry professionals to evaluate and document hazards.
• Discuss methods for controlling hazards in the museum setting.
• Establish collaborative projects based on the H&S concerns of the key community stakeholders.

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Kelsey Babik
Holly Cusack McVeigh, PhD
Sarah Halter, MA, CFRM
Mark Wilson, DC, PhD