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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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Many Injuries Arise from Poor Housekeeping

February 25, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Slips, trips, and falls are too common and easily avoided. Begin with organizing the storage areas, followed by a general facility inspection.

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Making the Most of Your Budget

February 21, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Every CSI needs a good crime scene kit. Take the time to build your own kit. Yes, it will involve more effort on your part, but you’ll save a lot of money and end up with only the things you really need.

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Getting it Right the Second Time

February 20, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Repeating yourself and doing it using different methods of communication can enhance persuasion and buy-in.

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Are You a Manager or a Leader?

February 13, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

All leaders are managers but not all managers are leaders. Both managers and true leaders get things done through others, but managers do so by virtue of their specific position within their organizations, while true leaders— regardless of their official rank—do so by inspiring others.

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Forensic Laboratory 2030: Physical Environment

February 12, 2013 7:00 pm | by Michael MountSteve Hackman | Comments

The Forensic Laboratory 2030 research findings indicate the need to accommodate change in the laboratory environment is on a parallel track with unprecedented advancements in technology. The challenge will be to maintain critical adaptability measures to meet the space needs of the future.

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Properly Packaging Evidence

February 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Preserving and maintaining evidence collected at a scene is crucial. The key is understanding evidence and understanding the proper way to package it.

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