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Health and safety in the United Kingdom higher education libraries: a review of the literature

MacLean, Alison (2011) Health and safety in the United Kingdom higher education libraries: a review of the literature. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 17 (2). pp. 209-221. ISSN 1361-4533

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Abstract

The focus of this article is to review the literature relating to health and safety in UK Higher Education libraries. This will include an overview of the literature on accident theories and also the human element. Various key findings emerge from this analysis. Personal safety is achieved through self-responsibility, following guidelines and having a working knowledge of reporting procedures. A safety culture in the work environment is developed through a proactive approach on the part of management, the provision of information, training, and carrying out safety inspections. These inspections are aimed at preventing the environment from creating a situation where an accident could occur. There can never be a work environment in which no accidents will occur and best practice can only minimize the risk of accidents.