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Conduct Periodic, Unannounced Laboratory Inspections

April 1, 2013 9:39 pm | Comments

Quarterly inspections are an integral part of a good safety program. They are conducted to ensure that the working and learning environment is safe and healthy for all.

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Properly Package DNA Evidence

March 28, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Once you have identified DNA evidence, you need to properly collect it and package it. Remember that DNA can be easily contaminated or damaged.

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Why You Should Be Open to Hearing Complaints

March 27, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Accepted wisely, employees’ complaints can be useful tools a lab manager could use to improve and upgrade his work unit and keep his employees happy.

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General Guidelines for Chemical Storage

March 25, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Safely storing chemicals in laboratories or stockrooms requires considering many health and safety factors. In particular, proper use of containers and common lab equipment is critical.

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Creating a Crime Scene Checklist

March 21, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

In order to be worthwhile, the crime scene checklist needs to be comprehensive yet easy to use. It should cover everything from the time you’re called to the scene to the time the scene is released.

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Staying Sane in an Insane Workplace

March 20, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Faced with stress, is it even possible to stay calm, cool, and collected? To take it all in stride, function effectively, not lose sleep, and still handle problems successfully?

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Basic Rules for Safe Handling of Cylinders

March 18, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

What follows here is a condensed set of basic guidelines applicable to all compressed gas cylinders.

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Arson Scene Hazards

March 14, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

While you should always proceed with caution at any crime scene, arson scenes may be especially hazardous because of the possible presence of toxic fumes, smoke, and dangerous debris.

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Five Reasons to Hold a Meeting

March 13, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Before you hold your next meeting, be sure you and the others at the meeting know why it's being held. Meetings can drag on and feel like a waste of time if the goals are not clear to all in attendance.

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Chemical Classes and the NFPA Hazard Diamond

March 11, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Experienced laboratory managers know that there are four basic categories of chemicals: toxic, corrosive, flammable, and reactive. These four properties are the foundation of the NFPA hazard diamond.

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Collecting Impression Evidence

March 7, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Impression evidence includes footprints, tire tracks, and tool marks. If impression evidence is present, you must do everything possible to preserve it.

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Five Ideas to Increase Your Productivity at Work

March 6, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Finding it hard to carve out time to get important things done? Checking email, people at your office door, unexpected meetings can all fill time but may not be getting you any closer to getting your own work done or to move ahead on projects.

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Different Types of Hazardous Energy

March 4, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Autoclaves, centrifuges, and other automated equipment are capable of injuring employees in numerous ways. This is because there are several forms of hazardous energy.

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Strive for Consistency

February 28, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Being consistent can greatly increase your level of professionalism. Establish a system for documenting, marking, and recording evidence, and then use this system every time.

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Saying No to the Boss

February 27, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

If you’re the boss, you don’t necessarily want to hear the word “no.” If you have an issue or concern with a boss’s ideas, it’s not easy or may not be welcome to disagree. So is saying “no” taboo in the workplace?

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