Identifying plastics toolkit

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The identifying plastics toolkit consists of an online identification route map, which you can use with objects from your own collection, and a travelling toolkit, which is a physical resource that you can borrow free of charge. It aims to familiarise you with the characteristics of the plastics most frequently encountered within museum collections and provide a methodology to help in their identification.

MDA codes

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As part of its work with documentation standards the Collections Trust (and its predecessor body MDA) has, since the 1970s, been developing and maintaining a scheme which allows the identification of UK collection-holding organisations and their collections through “codes” which are unique to each organisation.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

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The ‘writing on the object’ marking technique involves the use of three substances (Paraloid B67 20% in white spirit; Paraloid B72 20% in acetone; Acetone) which if used incorrectly are potentially hazardous. Under Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Legislation, it is the responsibility of each museum to carry out an assessment, and to develop internal guidelines to ensure safe working practice when using these chemicals.