Information to assist teachers in risk management planning for Museum in a Box

This information is provided to help you get the most out of your Museum in a Box. There are 26 different topics to choose from, however the following information is not applicable to all boxes.

Boxes are to be supervised by teachers and staff at all times.

Museum in a Box Potential Risks
Control Strategies
Maximum weight of boxes is 30kg
  • manual handling issues
  •  always use 2 adults to move or lift the box or use trolley

Lid closure


  • closing fingers and hands in lid
  • always close the lid and latch after use
  • adult supervision of boxes at all times

Electrical cables

  • tripping
  • sparks and electrocution
  •  do not run cables across floor
  •  electrical tagging and testing is regualy undertaken by the Australian Museum


  • some specimens have spines or claws
  • some specimens may become sharp if broken or damaged
  • always touch and handle specimens with care
  • report any broken or damaged items on the feedback form provided and remove item from use
Choking hazards
  •  small items may pose a potential choking hazard
  • where possible small items are avoided when creating new boxes
  • supervise students and children when using the boxes
  • some activities include field work
  • School safety procedure must be followed and students must be supervised at all times.


Please contact staff if you have any questions about the boxes or require additional information.