Preventive Conservation and Agents of Deterioration

The Canadian Conservation Institute provides guidelines and information on general care for heritage collections based on the principles of preventive conservation and risk management.

Preventive Conservation

Agents of Deterioration

The agents of deterioration identify 10 primary threats specific to heritage environments and encourage their prevention at the collections level first, by avoiding, blocking and detecting possible damage, and then by responding and treating damage. This integrated approach to conservation has also led to developments in risk assessment.