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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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.
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.
When I started working as a CSO in the ’70s, we’d go into a crime scene, take some photos, dust for prints, and bag the obvious evidence. Nowadays, CSOs have to do more. Changes in science and technology mean more tools for crime scene investigation. To take advantage of these advances, you have to be knowledgeable about the latest developments and about the capabilities of experts; you also need the right equipment.
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.
The Development of Professional Practice and Accreditation in Forensic Anthropology in the United Kingdom?February 28, 2014 5:58 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While you might think that having people fear you to some degree is good, fear in a relationship actually has many negative effects. In fact, research shows that when people are operating in fear, it impairs their analytical thinking skills, decreases their creative insight, and reduces their problem solving abilities — the exact things workplaces need to succeed in today’s marketplace.
The safe handling of chemicals requires an understanding of their properties, hazards, and measures for handling emergencies involving them. This information can be found on the compound's MSDS. This series of powerpoint presentations provides a variety of training resources to help you understand Material Safety Data Sheets and other Hazard Communications.
Preserving and maintaining evidence collected at a scene is crucial. The key is understanding evidence and understanding the proper way to package it. Package small items carefully or they could be lost.
Utility knives are one of the most common tools used in the work place, yet one of the most dangerous, especially in terms of the number and types of injuries produced. We often take these tools for granted and the dangers of inappropriate cutting equipment and procedures are too frequently overlooked.