How well do biocontainment and biosafety guidelines written for research facilities apply to medical examiners? The mission of medical examiners and the procedures they use present significantly different challenges. There are major differences between medical examiner and research operations with respect to biocontainment and biosafety.
Develop warm person-to-person relationships with each subordinate, while avoiding becoming close personal friends. Strive to help your employees be successful.
The use of 3D printing for investigative or court purposes is still relatively new. This may be in part because of a perception of a complex technology, cost, or simply a lack of understanding of what can be done with 3D printing. It’s a wonder why more investigators, lawyers, and expert witnesses haven’t seen the benefit of 3D printing for use in court.
Before ever putting a respirator on, OSHA requires (and it makes good sense) to ensure users are physically capable of wearing a respirator. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 states: “Employees that use any respirators including respirators such as air supplied positive pressure face masks or hoods must have a medical evaluation before use.”
Determining the postmortem interval (PMI) is a critical component of clandestine grave investigations.Forensic anthropologists can assist with estimating the PMI for longer internments based on rate of decay and condition of the remains. Investigators may also be familiar with the potential of using biological matter such as pollen as a tool to estimate the season when a clandestine grave was created or DNA to identify plant fragments.
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.
When photographing a scene, keep in mind that you are trying to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone who is not at the scene—from detectives and prosecutors to members of the jury, if the case goes to trial.
Positive reinforcement both shapes behavior and enhances an employee’s self-image. Effective reinforcers can be grouped into six major categories.
Not only should fire extinguishers, safety showers, eye wash fountains, first aid kits, fire blankets, and fume hoods be provided but they should be tested or checked monthly.
When trying to find out how a candidate thinks, it’s always best to start by asking very broad, open-ended questions.
This final article of the Forensic Laboratory 2030 series will explore important workplace trends, work/life drivers, a vision for FL2030, and challenges for the future.
Finding the right mobile crime scene vehicle for your agency is a complicated task. It involves looking carefully at your cases, your expertise, and your budget. Once you figure out the right way to balance the need for storage space and the need for work space, then you can decide what vehicle or combination of vehicles will help you get the job done.
One problem with all hoods, but definitely more so with chemical hoods than others in our experience, is that as a cabinet space in a lab they tend to accumulate stuff and are frequently used for storage.
Make sure you have an interruption-free, private space where you and the candidate can talk comfortably.
Forensic archeological investigations are integral to a diverse array of situational contexts, but the singular objective these various operations accomplish is one of recovery and resolution—recovery of the physical evidence and eventual resolution of the legal issues.