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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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Mentoring: A Key to Retaining Employees

March 27, 2014 8:56 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Retaining good employees is an ongoing issue for managers, even during this period of high unemployment. In fact, it is the best employees, the ones that you really want to keep, that are most likely to leave.           

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A New Hazard Communication Standard

March 25, 2014 8:28 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

The goal of the revised Haz Comm, as it is affectionately known, is to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency, and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

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Evidence Collection in a Traffic Investigation

March 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

As with any case you work, finding and collecting evidence in a traffic investigation is essential. Always document where you find evidence, and photograph it before removing it. The most important source of evidence is usually the vehicle involved. 

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Who Decides?

March 20, 2014 8:29 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Your boss has landed you with a new project for your unit. It’s going to be involved and time consuming and take the very best you and your crew can give.You know that several different approaches are possible. How do you decide which is the best way to go? How much will you involve your employees in making decisions?

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Investigator Turns Social Media Eyewitness

March 14, 2014 8:57 am | by Benjamin Wright | Comments

In today’s world of social media, investigators are taking on a new role; they are becoming a form of eyewitness. As the eyewitness, an investigator observes evidence that might not be visible to any other available investigator.      

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Why Feedback is Your Key to Winning

March 10, 2014 4:55 pm | by Barry Banther | Comments

Why don’t more of us go out of our way to encourage quick and candid feedback? Our first response to this question is typically focused on our team. But the best trusted advisors will tell you that it’s not the leader’s associates but rather the leader’s perspective that is the problem.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

March 10, 2014 4:30 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Many times forensic investigators must work in inherently noisy areas. Excessive noise can result from the traffic or surroundings where equipment is in use. Examples might include industrial settings or high traffic locations. Exposure to loud noise can result in loss of hearing.

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Is OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program Worth It?

March 10, 2014 4:24 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Everyone wants to know how attaining VPP status benefits your worksite. The bottom line is that there are many positives both tangible and intangible. It is worth the effort, because realistically, if you are in compliance now, it is not going to be that much extra work.  

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Crime Scene Lighting is Key

March 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

CSOs have many options for lighting. Most important, you want the scene as bright as day. If you have an outdoor scene at night, you’ll need large lights. Even if the scene is primarily inside a residence or other building, you still need lights to illuminate the exterior. 

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Ten Steps to Long Term Conflict Management

March 5, 2014 7:13 pm | Comments

The situation is out of control and you don’t have time to deal with it. So what do you do? These ten steps will help you create a plan to deal with conflict in your workplace.                                                       

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Label All Chemicals Properly

March 3, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Label all chemicals to show the name of the material, the nature and degree of hazard, the appropriate precautions, and the name of the perosn responsible for the container. Don't leave a booby trap for another person. Make sure that all containers are appropriately labeled. OSHA's hazard communication standard and lab standards require labeling of containers.

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It's About Time

February 28, 2014 5:46 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

Several months ago I wrote an article juxtaposing the recent successes we’ve had eliminating rape kit backlogs in a few cities with the lack of a national strategy to actually address the scandal of untested kits that allows identifiable rapists and murderers to continue to stalk our streets. Fortunately, a lot can happen in five months.

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