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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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Three Important Management Tips

February 22, 2014 8:01 pm | Comments

This list of tips is intended to help you focus on the key issues that are important to your success as a manager. It's easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of the big picture.                  

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Emergency Plans Should Be Function-Based Not Incident-Based

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Power loss, for example, may be a result of many potential incidents (a windstorm, downed tree, ice storm, or even a car hitting a power pole). Regardless of the cause, there are actions that must take place to ensure the protection of employees and the samples, records, and operations contained within the facility.

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Take Your Time at the Crime Scene

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Crime scene investigators should resist the urge to rush the process because someone is asking them how long they will be. Crime scene processing requires a methodical approach each and every time and deviating from this can have negative consequences.

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Arriving at the Scene: Initial Response

February 21, 2014 11:27 am | by NIJ | Comments

One of the most important aspects of securing the crime scene is to preserve the scene with minimal contamination and disturbance of physical evidence. The initial response to an incident should be expeditious and methodical.   

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