The course aims to make conservators of cultural heritage aware of the possible presence of asbestos in artifacts and artworks produced in various historical eras. Since asbestos is a recognized carcinogen, it is necessary to understand what it is, why it has been used, where it can be found, when and how its presence may pose a risk.
The following aspects will be tackled:: characteristics and chemical-physical properties of the minerals classified as asbestos; the most common materials containing asbestos (MCA); Italian regulations concerning asbestos, MCA, the analysis for their identification; situations where minerals classified as asbestos represent a risk.
Numerous examples of cultural heritage will be presented in which asbestos is present as a primary component or as a base or as a material added during restoration.
Finally, guidance will be given on how to detect the presence of asbestos in cultural goods and how to manipulate them in order to contain the risk.