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How to Choose a Health and Safety Consultant

February 3, 2014 8:55 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are many factors to consider when looking for and selecting a qualified and appropriate consultant for health and safety issues. Before choosing a consultant, you must first define the issue or project, its scope, and constraints as thoroughly as possible. 


Evidence Response Technicians Take Up the Slack

January 30, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Most departments have one or two crime scene officers (CSOs) available. Their expertise is crucial, but in most cases, one or two CSOs are not enough to cover the whole territory the department is responsible for. Many departments are looking to evidence response technicians to solve the problem.


When to Use (and not use) Email

January 29, 2014 7:17 pm | Comments

Well-formatted, clear, concise e-mail messages are critical to getting our messages read and getting the responses we need. But before you think about what you’re going to communicate in that e-mail, make sure e-mail is the best way to go.  


Why Bother With LEED?

January 27, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

According to the USGBC, decreased operating costs, increased property values, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved risk management, and verified building performance are seen with LEED certified buildings.          


Obtaining Tool Mark Impressions

January 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

The following describes a modified technique for obtaining tool mark impressions utilizing polyvinylsiloxane impression material. Advantages of the polyvinylsiloxane materials include ease of use, accuracy, and dimensional stability over time.


Three Keys to Beat Procrastination

January 22, 2014 6:23 pm | Comments

Procrastination occurs for a number of reasons and in varying degrees. All of these reasons are internal, and really have nothing to do with the task itself. So if you have a few unfinished projects looming over your head and you can’t seem to muster the initiative to get them done, put the following procrastination-busting tips into play today.  


Understand Latex Allergy Risks

January 20, 2014 7:20 pm | Comments

Workers are often unaware of latex allergy risk in the workplace. This can result in potentially serious health problems. Minimize risk and prevent possible health problems by following these recommendations from NIOSH.                    


Collecting Computers into Evidence

January 16, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

In the vast majority of computer related investigations, magistrates allow their seizure. Normally no forensic examination or imaging is performed on-site or via remote access. The computer is seized, packed appropriately, and submitted for forensic analysis at a later date. There are certain steps that must be taken to ensure the integrity of potential digital evidence.


What's the Opposite of Micromanagement?

January 15, 2014 6:22 pm | Comments

There has been a lot of focus on micromanagement. It’s a popular and frequently correct diagnosis for management ills. However, if micromanagement is the wrong way to do things, what’s the right direction for a manager to take? Delegation is the antithesis of micromanagement.


Engineering and Work Practice Controls Are the Key to BBP Standards

January 13, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Controls to eliminate or minimize employee exposures are always the first means to protect workers. Hand washing facilities, sharps disposal containers, and employee training on safe work practices are the best way to avoid exposure to blood-borne pathogens.


Lifting Prints from Wet Surfaces

January 9, 2014 7:15 pm | Comments

While fingerprint evidence is not as fragile as some people think, you do have to handle it appropriately. Oil and water don’t mix, so fingerprints will remain intact on a wet vehicle. You have two options for developing and lifting latent fingerprints from a wet surface: SPR and Wet Print. 


The 10 Essentials of Delegating

January 8, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

You will not be an effective manager unless you learn how to delegate. The question, "Should I be handling this?" must be asked frequently if you are to develop your associates, build a strong team, and avoid being swamped. These tips will help you delegate more effectively.


Don't Use the Area Under the Safety Shower for Storage

January 6, 2014 8:41 pm | Comments

The open area under the safety shower is often choice space for putting boxes or storing a cart. Resist the temptation and keep access to it free and clear of obstacles. One day you may need to find it quickly and with your eyes closed.


Communication is Key: Part 1

January 4, 2014 5:05 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

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. The changes were made to incorporate the best from the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.


Preventing Crime Scene Contamination

January 4, 2014 4:40 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Crime Scene Officers investigating a scene have a crucial responsibility: to find and preserve evidence. In the past, we simply pulled on a pair of gloves and maybe a mask to filter out odors, and got to work. Nowadays, we know that’s not enough to protect scenes from unintentional contamination of evidence. You can prevent most contamination by planning ahead and developing standard methods for working a scene.



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