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ERIC Number: EJ884708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
The Element of Surprise: Preparing for the Possibility of Hazardous Materials within Archival Collections
Wiener, Judith A.
Journal of Archival Organization, v5 n4 p33-49 2007
Unprocessed archival collections can contain unknown and potentially hazardous materials that can be harmful to other collections and staff. Archival literature largely focuses on collection and personnel dangers posed by environmental hazards such as mold and insect infestation but not on pharmaceutical and chemical hazards. In this article, the author reviews her institution's surprise experience with a radioactive discovery and discusses how institutions can proactively prepare for a hazardous materials discovery. The discussion includes identification of threats, drafting of a hazardous materials portion of an institutional disaster plan, making appraisal and processing decisions, and taking action to contain a hazard. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio