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Recognize the Hazards

April 8, 2013 9:10 pm | Comments

Understanding the required Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) programs and recognizing hazards will help you to identify and correct many of the common safety and health hazards associated with doing forensic analysis and research.

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Five Steps for Dealing with Employee Complaints

April 3, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

When a complaint is made, the manager should follow these five steps.

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3D Scanners Help Document a Crime Scene

April 2, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

The yellow tape can't stay up forever, and information can disappear long before a case is solved. A 3D overview map is a permanent recording of everything in the crime scene, and allows investigators to go back in time long after the yellow tape disappears.

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Challenges in DNA Testing and Forensic Analysis of Hair Samples

April 2, 2013 8:42 am | by Caroline Hughes | Comments

Forensic analysis of DNA from hair samples is commonly used for identification, however, it is in many ways the most overestimated and misrepresented DNA sample.

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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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