Core Documents

Commentaries to the Guidelines for Practice

Commentary 4b - Security

  1. Rationale
    • To protect cultural property from loss, damage, or deterioration, when it is in the custody of the conservation professional and to encourage the conservation professional to collaborate with others who have responsibility for the protection of cultural property (e.g., security and fire prevention personnel).
  2. Minimum Accepted Practice
    • Work and storage areas must be equipped with conventional fire detection equipment and individual fire suppression devices to allow for localized emergency response.
    • The conservation professional must provide protection against likely physical threats to the cultural property, including water intrusion (flood, leaks from plumbing and roofs, condensation), earthquake, and pests.
    • All work and storage areas must be protected against unauthorized access by the use of conventional means (e.g. construction barriers and signage, security personnel, electronic intrusion warning devices, and/or secure locks).
    • The conservation professional must provide environmental conditions that are appropriate for the cultural property.
  3. Recommended Practice
    • Conservation professionals should be familiar with the various aspects of insurance coverage, and should obtain appropriate insurance to cover the possible loss of or damage to a cultural property in their care.
  4. Special Practice
    • Work done off premises (e.g., excavation areas, outdoor sculpture, structures, temporary facilities) may limit the degree to which work and storage areas can be secured and controlled, but a reasonable effort must be made to secure and protect the cultural property in the charge of the conservation professional.


Approved by the AIC Board October 1998.