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BSL-1 Safety Tips

May 13, 2014 5:57 am | Comments

Standard microbiology practices are usually enough to protect laboratory workers and other employees in the building. These include mechanical pipetting only (no mouth pipetting allowed), safe sharps handling, avoidance of splashes or aerosols, and decontamination of all work surfaces when work is complete. 

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Measuring with Lasers

May 9, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

A laser device allows you to measure in almost any unit and resolution. The use of this type of device makes taking scene measurements a one-person job.                            

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Office Politics: Bad and Good

May 8, 2014 8:50 am | by Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D. | Comments

Staying away from office politics isn’t easy. Love it or hate it, it’s real, it’s present, and it isn’t going away any time soon. Get used to it, understand it, accept it, and learn to play. Your job, even your long term career, may depend on it.

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads with E-Discovery: Part 2

May 7, 2014 8:08 am | by Ken Mohr and Larry Depew | Crime Lab Design | Comments

During the development time of this article and publishing “Part One”; Walmart’s E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory has achieved ASCLD/LAB accreditation. Ken Mohr, a principal at Crime Lab Design, will now continue to explore some of the physical space needs that attributed to the project’s success with Larry Depew whose company, Digital Forensics.US, LLC consulted on the project.

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Store Hazardous Substances

May 6, 2014 8:59 am | Comments

If there is anything that all laboratories have it is bottles and bottles of chemicals. Forensic laboratories are no exception. If we are not diligent in properly handling and storing these hazardous substances, problems are sure to arise. Potential problems run the gamut from minor inconvenience to life threateningly serious.

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Creating a Field Sketch

May 2, 2014 8:24 am | by Kent E. Boots | FactualDiagrams.com | Comments

Proper scene documentation starts with creating a field sketch; one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. A sketch is a rough drawing of the layout of the street or floor plan of the building. The sketch should include roadway widths, etc. or dimensional room data when hand measuring a scene.

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Classify and Manage Appropriately

April 30, 2014 5:03 pm | Comments

Even when you do everything right during the hiring process, you may still be surprised once the employee comes on board. Team dynamics or changing personal circumstances can affect individual behavior and performance.         

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Solid State Drives: Part 5

April 30, 2014 10:37 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

The way in which an SSD stores data is totally different from how data is stored on a traditional hard drive. To fully comprehend how an SSD functions and provide insight into their forensic examination, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology.

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Avoid Repetitive Motion Stress

April 29, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

Repetition by definition involves doing things over and over again. In repetitive work, these same types of motions are performed using the same parts of the body in the same fashion, time and time again. In activities such as typing, using a mouse, or referencing paper source documents, the affected muscles, tendons, and joints can be used thousands of times a day, week after week, year after year

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Make a Crime Scene Checklist

April 25, 2014 8:21 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Good investigators can keep lots of details in their heads. Great investigators document the details. Remember that a trial may come right away, or it could be years later, after you’ve potentially investigated hundreds more crimes, and after your memory has faded. One way to deal with this problem is to use a checklist to document everything you can about the crime scene.

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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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