This procedure might be needed in response to anything from minor, accidental damage to one object during handling to a fire that destroys large parts of your collection. Hopefully, the measures you put in place during the procedure Emergency planning for collections will reduce both the likelihood and impact of significant damage or loss. Your emergency plan will also tell you how to respond during an emergency. The focus of Damage and loss is what happens next, documenting the incident and recording decisions made and actions taken.
Responding to damage to, or the loss of, objects in your care.
This is the Spectrum standard for Damage and loss. It includes policy questions and sets out the minimum requirements you should aim to meet however you put this procedure into practice.
This suggested procedure shows how you might meet the Spectrum standard for Damage and loss. It is presented in two formats: text and workflow diagram. They are meant to be starting points for you to adapt to the needs of your own museum.