Safety Recommendations for Forensic Laboratory Staff During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Acad Forensic Pathol. 2021 Jun;11(2):94-102. doi: 10.1177/19253621211024396. Epub 2021 Jun 28.

ABSTRACT

In the 21st century, the crime rate and viral infectious diseases are on peak and seems to be the real enemies of humanity. Forensic science and its various branches especially biology have a key role in modern-day justice. Forensic scientists and laboratory staffs are of great significance for elucidating the biological exhibits and generating the biological evidence which are required for criminal justice. Owing to the profession and like other medical health workers, forensic laboratory staffs are also at a greater risk in the era of COVID-19. Therefore, the safety of forensic laboratory staff is of utmost importance during this pandemic. The article emphasizes on the safety guidelines and regulations that need to be adopted by the forensic staff in connection with daily laboratory practices. Thus, the article may offer a reference or help one to implement COVID-19 advisory to forensic scientists and other laboratory staff working in forensic institutions and laboratories during the current pandemic.

PMID:34567328 | PMC:PMC8408808 | DOI:10.1177/19253621211024396