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NCJ Number: 35070 Find in a Library
Title: HAZARD OF BENZIDINE TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE PERSONNEL - LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS PROGRAM
Author(s): H STEINBERG
Corporate Author: US Dept of Commerce
National Bureau of Standards
Law Enforcement Standards Laboratory
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Commerce
Washington, DC 20234
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: LESP-RPT-0602.00; NBS 480-21
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS DOCUMENT DISCUSSES THE HAZARDS INVOLVED IN THE USE OF BENZIDINE (A SUSPECTED CARCINOGEN) AND THE PRECAUTIONS WHICH CAN REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THESE HAZARDS.
Abstract: THE REPORT DEALS BASICALLY WITH TWO AREAS OF BENZIDINE USE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL: (1) AS A PRESUMPTIVE BLOOD-TEST REAGENT, AND (2) TO PREPARE FINGERPRINTS MADE IN A BLOOD BASE FOR SUBSEQUENT PHOTOGRAPHY. THE DANGER INHERENT IN THE USE OF BENZIDINE IS THAT THIS DRUG IS STRONGLY SUSPECTED OF BEING A CAUSE OF HUMAN BLADDER CANCER. IT WAS FOUND IN A QUESTIONNAIRE - SURVEY OF 276 FORENSIC LABORATORIES THAT MOST FORENSIC SEROLOGISTS AND CRIMINALISTS ARE AWARE OF THE HAZARD OF BENZIDINE IS FREQUENTLY IGNORED IN DAILY PRACTICE. FURTHERMORE, FINGERPRINT TECHNICIANS, FIELD INVESTIGATORS AND QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINERS ARE, GENERALLY, LESS AWARE OF HANDLING BENZIDINE IN THE FORENSIC LABORATORY AND IN THE FIELD ARE SUGGESTED THAT SHOULD GREATLY REDUCE THE DANGER. IN THE LABORATORY, THESE SUGGESTIONS INCLUDE THE USE OF RUBBER GLOVES, THOROUGH CLEANING AND DISPOSAL PROCEDURES, AND THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE REAGENT BE USED AND PREPARED ONLY IN NEGATIVE PRESSURE (HOODED) ENVIRONMENTS. PRECAUTIONS TO BE USED IN THE FIELD ALSO INCLUDE THE USE OF GLOVES AND WASHING TECHNIQUES WITH THE FURTHER PROVISES THAT BENZIDINE SOLUTIONS SHOULD NEVER BE PREPARED OUTSIDE THE LABORATORY AND THAT IT SHOULD ONLY BE USED IN OPEN, WELL VENTILATED AREAS. WARNING NOTICES ARE PROPOSED FOR POSTING IN LABORATORIES AND FOR PUBLICATION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FORENSIC SCIENCE PUBLICATION. (SNI ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Crime laboratories; Criminal investigation; Evidence identification; Fingerprints; Latent fingerprints; Occupational safety and health; Police safety; Standards
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