Heavy and awkward handling

  • Costume, either in storage boxes or on dressed mannequins, can be heavy and awkward for museum staff to handle or move. Working positions are often determined by the object or the space rather than by us.
  • Responsible museum professionals should generally focus first on the safety of the museum object, so we often lift and move pieces without considering the risks to our own health and safety.
  • Make sure to discuss with your employer, your colleagues and professional organisations how to minimize risks to health and safety.
  • Learn proper lifting techniques, use approved safety gear such as safety shoes, and invest in trays, tables on wheels and other mechanical aids for lifting and carrying.


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