BS:5454, BS5454, BS 5454:2012
BS 5454:2012 makes recommendations for the storage and exhibition of archival documents
This standard makes recommendations that should apply to the long term, permanent storage of archival
or archive documents. The temporary storage of archive documents in controlled access and their display
in public places is also covered. The BS 5454:2012 (was BS5454: 2000) standards suggestions apply to new buildings,
whether purpose-built or adapted, and to existing buildings.
The suggestions in BS 5454:2012 mainly concern traditional materials, i.e. paper documents,
although some guidance on more modern media is given in clause 11. This guidance is intended for the storage
of modern media in general-purpose repositories, and further specialist advice may also be required.
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Who should use this standard?
BS 5454:2012 is for use by archive managers, document storage companies, librarians, conservators, museum curators,
archivists, architects, designers, contractors, engineers and others concerned with the construction, planning,
maintenance, equipment and working of such storage buildings.
The standard applies to all Archive documents,
Document storage, Archives, Exhibitions, Architectural design,
Library buildings and includes information and guidance for Fire safety in buildings, Library equipment, Security storage,
Fire detectors, Environment (working), Air-conditioning systems, Lighting systems, Document storage devices, Non-book materials,
Photographs, Motion-picture film, Phonograph records, Magnetic tapes, Shelving, Marking, Records (documents)
Where the recommendations apply, Business Records Management complies fully.
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