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Hiring the Right People

April 24, 2014 8:43 am | by Kim Seeling Smith | Comments

The evolution in hiring starts with hiring the right people — without them, efforts to engage and retain staff become moot. The Industrial Age paradigm emphasized hiring for skills and experience. But skills can be taught and in today’s rapidly changing world, experience is far less important than agility and the ability to learn and adapt.

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Communication is Key: Part 2

April 23, 2014 8:02 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

This is the second and final installment on OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard (40CFR 1910.1200) or Haz Comm for short. Here we will discuss the details of the changes and how employers and manufacturers are affected.  

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Health and Safety Basics: Workplace Design and Engineering

April 22, 2014 8:35 am | Comments

We often see failure in this aspect when we are called in to solve a problem. Designing safety into a workplace is as important as designing in efficiency (and these often go hand in hand).                 

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Lifting Prints from Adhesive Surfaces

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Prints found on the adhesive side of things like duct tape, masking tape, and mailing labels, can be developed and lifted, but it’s often quite difficult to do so. The key is to use a specially designed product, called an adhesive side powder, for the job.

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The Myth of Work and Life Balance

April 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Gordon | Comments

No wonder a recent survey of North American employees found that 87 percent of respondents say their work/life balance is negatively affecting their health. If you’ve been killing yourself trying to achieve daily work/life balance, it may be a pipe dream.

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Today's CSO

April 16, 2014 8:15 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

When I started working as a CSO in the ’70s, we’d go into a crime scene, take some photos, dust for prints, and bag the obvious evidence. Nowadays, CSOs have to do more. Changes in science and technology mean more tools for crime scene investigation. To take advantage of these advances, you have to be knowledgeable about the latest developments and about the capabilities of experts; you also need the right equipment.

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Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control

April 15, 2014 8:36 am | Comments

This element is key to any health and safety program. When asked, most people on the street would say is this is what a safety program is all about.                             

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Effective Delegation

April 10, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

There you are: too much to do, deadline looming, shorthanded, struggling to just keep your head above water…and now the boss wants you to take on a whole new project. It’s going to take lots of time, more time than you have. What to do? Delegate!

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Contamination Control

April 9, 2014 7:37 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Do you ever stop to think about how you might be contaminating your equipment? If you don’t consider this possibility and take steps to protect your equipment and decontaminate it when necessary, you could be putting yourself, your fellow officers, and the success of your case at risk. With some advanced planning and a little common sense, you can avoid many serious problems.

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Storing Incompatible Chemicals Separately

April 8, 2014 9:21 am | by Dr. James A. Kaufman | Comments

The proper storage of chemicals has become a focal point of laboratory safety. We need to keep chemicals which are incompatible separated some reasonable distance from each other.                    

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Processing the Touch DNA Crime Scene

April 4, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Minor | Comments

Contamination is the unintentional introduction of outside DNA into a crime scene or laboratory sample. Contaminant DNA may appear as background DNA, the major or minor profile within a mixture, a single source DNA profile, or all of the above. Here are some common rules to help minimize contamination.

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Documenting Bloodstain Patterns

April 4, 2014 7:42 am | by Kimberly Rumrill | Comments

Since not all of the facts of a case are available when the first crime scene analysts arrive, it is extremely important to document the scene in such a way that when questions come up later (and the scene has been released) that investigators and bloodstain pattern experts can view the notes and photographs and obtain the information they need.

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Zen and the Art of Managing

April 3, 2014 8:44 am | by Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D. | Comments

The goal in the classical Japanese Zen arts is to achieve mastery through spiritual practice. In recent years, many attempts have been made to bring this kind of Zen thinking to the West.                 

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The Development of Professional Practice and Accreditation in Forensic Anthropology in the United Kingdom?

April 2, 2014 8:27 am | by Sue Black and Gaille MacKinnon | Comments

The British Association for Forensic Anthropology was established to develop and promote professional standards and accreditation of the discipline of forensic anthropology within the UK. In 2013, after a period of intensive development a series of documents were produced which detailed a new professional practitioner framework introducing three levels of practice coupled with a CPD pathway and a framework for professional development.

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Book Excerpt: Criminalistics Laboratory Manual

March 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Elizabeth Erickson | Elsevier | Comments

Blood-spatter analysis or blood-stain pattern interpretation is used by investigators to reconstruct the crime scene to determine the sequence of events, number of impacts of the weapon to the surface, weapon characteristics, whether or not statements provided by witnesses, victims, and suspects are consistent with the scene, and to apprehend individuals responsible for committing the crime.

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