Occupational health and safety

Globally there is a growing awareness of an individuals rights to a safe workplace and many countries have introduced strong legislation protecting these rights.

A healthy and safe environment is vital for employees to work in. In turn employee health and safety is of benefit to the archival materials, as there is less likelihood of archival materials being damaged through fatigue, equipment failure, unsuitable conditions, and unnecessary accidents.

“good for people, good for film”

In this chapter are pages on Hazard identification, Risk assessment, Risk control, Specific problems for audiovisual archives, Film conservation hazards, Good OH&S practices, and a Case study.


  • National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets [NOHSC:2011(1994)]: Worksafe Australia