Emergency plan

Training course: how to prepare an emergency plan

Emergency plan training ensures that staff are familiar with key aspects of emergency procedures, and teaches them techniques for saving materials and best practice. In this context, BnF offers approximately ten training days a year on how to respond in the event of a fire or flood.

Training sessions available in 2016

Dates: to be confirmed

Length: One day
Number of participants: 18
Venue: Paris (Tolbiac, François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand))
Course code: FCS03 (Code to be quoted on registration form)
Accessibility map

Plan d’accès au site François-Mitterrand [fichier .pdf – 62 Ko – 29/10/15 – 1 p.]

Target audience

All staff mainly responsible for collections, as well as anyone who may be faced with an incident requiring documents to be saved (e.g. archives).
The training is open to those responsible for heritage collections.

Training objectives

  • Raising basic awareness of the emergency plan process: understanding the basic steps implemented at BnF and the procedure laid down in the emergency plan to save heritage collections and other collections (e.g. departmental archives) and protect collections in the event of an incident
  • Gaining basic knowledge of incidents and how to respond to them 
  • Understanding what immediate action is required and avoiding mistakes when boxing and drying collections after an incident 

Training description

The day alternates between theoretical information and practical application corresponding to the action steps laid down in the event of an incident:

Intervention of firemen
(1) In specially equipped premises, identifying a fire, raising the alarm, and facilitating intervention by firefighters.
Books being dried after flood
(2) Under the supervision of preservation specialists, you participate in the emergency plan and are tasked with evacuating collections, including sorting them into categories:
Choosing the appropriate treatment, filling evacuation boxes, filling in monitoring sheets, handling damaged documents, etc. 
Books being dried after flood
(3) In a workshop in the Preservation Services Department which acts as the treatment premises: you will be introduced to techniques for handling and drying or freezing documents in accordance with the type of paper and format of each document.
Other aspects are addressed in the course of this awareness-raising day:
electronic monitoring systems, alarm systems, first aid boxes (or carts), the role of freezing and lyophilization, actions and postures, and infestation of paper by mold.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


David Moyal
Responsable formation
téléphone: 01 53 79 48 56


le bulletin d’inscription [fichier .pdf – 113 Ko – 07/01/16 – 1 p.]

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