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Title: Forensic Laboratories: Handbook for Facility Planning, Design, Construction, and Moving
  Document URL: Text PDF (English) PDF (Russian) 
  Project Director: A A Fatah ; K M Higgins
Corporate Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 71
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: Recognizing the design and construction of a forensic laboratory is a complex undertaking. The National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors held a joint workshop in November 1996 to develop guidelines for planning, designing, constructing, and moving crime laboratories.
Abstract: Workshop participants determined many crime laboratory design issues include those considerations present when designing any building, with special requirements involving environmental health and safety, hazardous materials, management, operational efficiency, adaptability, security of evidence, preservation of evidence in an uncontaminated state, and budgetary concerns. Guidelines resulted from the workshop that can be used by crime laboratory directors when considering the construction of a new laboratory or the renovation of an existing laboratory. Technical laboratories such as toxicology, biological sciences, DNA, firearms analysis, and trace evidence have specialized needs unique to their areas of work. High performance standards are required for cleanliness, temperature, humidity, and vibration controls to create an environment suitable for forensic sciences. Further, the technical work performed in forensic laboratories must be able to withstand evidentiary challenges. Guidelines are presented for planning, designing, constructing, and moving crime laboratories. Appendixes provide a description of spaces by laboratory sections, laboratory design standards and modules, a forensic computer examination laboratory statement of work, a move-in plan, and a statement of work for commercial moving services. References and figures
Main Term(s): Police standards
Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Evidence preservation ; Architectural design ; Environmental design ; Hazardous substances or materials ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Crime laboratory facility planning ; Crime laboratory management ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Contract Number: 94-IJ-R-004
Publication Number: 97-0101A
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Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: An updated version published in 2013 is available at NCJ 242956.
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