Planning a crime lab with multiple evidence drying cabinets
Using Evidence Drying Cabinets to dry wet crime evidence offer many advantages and safety features over simply placing the evidence in drying rooms or closet. In recent years OSHA has investigated, reported and fined crime labs for workplace safety issues regarding drying closets and drying rooms.
When multiple evidence drying cabinets are needed to meet the needs of large crime labs or police departments, it is very common for them to be located together in a specific drying room. There are several points to consider when designing these rooms or placing evidence drying cabinets into an existing room.
The following check list will help in your room planning and hopefully eliminate any last minute issues.
• How many cabinets are needed?
• Will these cabinets be ducted?
• Will air from the room be ducted out of the building?
• What sizes of cabinets are needed?
• Will these cabinets need to be washed down?
• Will each cabinet have a wash down hose or will there be a main hose in the room?
• Does each cabinet need a drain pump?
• Is there a floor drain in the room?
• How will the cabinets drain to the floor drain?
• What are the local plumbing codes?
• Are there adequate electrical receptacles for each cabinet?
• Which way do the EDC doors open and will the door be able to open where it is being placed?
Evidence wet from body fluids can be a biohazard. In order to protect workers from exposure and eliminate cross contamination between cases, every measure needs to be taken to contain the biohazard in the smallest area possible to ensure exposed areas are properly decontaminated.
The cabinet’s exhaust airflow is both HEPA and carbon filtered to contain any biohazards or odors that might be present. It is critical to ensure biohazards are not being propelled into the lab air. The airflow coming into the cabinet is also filtered to help preserve the integrity of the evidence.
DNA evidence has become very valuable in the courtroom. Being certain beyond a reasonable doubt that evidence has not been contaminated is critical. It is much easier to decontaminate a cabinet with a stainless steel liner than a large room with porous walls.
Labconco’s Protector® Evidence Drying Cabinets have many exclusive features that make them a great choice for a crime lab that needs 1 to 40 evidence drying cabinets. Find out more or call us at 800-732-0031.