[Libs-Or] Emergency preparedness for libraries (article)

KIRBY Jane S * DCBS Jane.S.Kirby at oregon.gov
Fri Oct 16 10:32:38 PDT 2015

The October 2015 issue of Professional Safety has a useful article on emergency preparedness for libraries.  Although intended for college/university libraries, it's relevant for any library because it prompts readers to consider emergency response scenarios ranging from fire suppression to evacuation of patrons/staff.

See "Fire, water, and books: disaster preparedness for academic libraries" by SD Allen Iske Jr and Linda G Lengfellner (v 60 # 10.  Pages 39 -46.)

Abstract: Preparing any business for disaster involves identifying possible hazards, mitigating their effects and identifying response measures before those hazards become active threats. Academic libraries have received little attention in this area. While most academic libraries fall under the emergency preparedness umbrella of their parent institution, a library can develop a self-help program to improve its policies and procedures. This article discusses the various considerations when developing such a program.

Professional Safety is the journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE.)  The  ISSN is 0099-0027.

Need more information on workplace safety and health, including emergency planning and response for your workplace?  Ask Oregon OSHA http://www.orosha.org/

Or, see our free publications Expecting the unexpected: what to consider in planning for workplace emergencies http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/3356.pdf  and Fact sheet: portable fire extinguishers http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs07.pdf

Best regards,
Jane Kirby, MLS
Oregon OSHA Resource Center
350 Winter St. NE
Salem,  OR 97301

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