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Hurricane Irma Update

The Air Science office is currently closed.
As Hurricane Irma passed through Fort Myers this weekend, the Air Science facility sustained minor damage to two of our buildings. We expect to be back in operation as soon as it is safe for our employees to secure their own homes and return to work.
Please contact us at info@airscience.com as usual; this address will be monitored continuously.
We thank you for your understanding.
La oficina de Air Science está actualmente cerrada.
Cuando el huracán Irma pasó por Fort Myers este fin de semana, la instalación de Air Science sufrió daños menores en dos de nuestros edificios. Esperamos volver a trabajar tan pronto como sea seguro para nuestros empleados asegurar sus propios hogares y volver al trabajo.
Comuníquese con nosotros en info@airscience.com como de costumbre; esta dirección será monitoreada continuamente.
Gracias por su comprensión
With power restored, we are pleased to announce that the Air Science factory and offices will re-open on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Due to Hurricane Irma, we may see some delay in processing quotation requests. As our staff returns from evacuation we will reduce the backlog. All previous quotation requests have been accumulated in our queue and will be processed as soon as soon as possible.
Please contact us at info@airscience.com as usual; this address is being continuously monitored.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during this event.
Attention Air Science Employees
Both first and second shifts should report to work on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, as soon as it is safe for you to do so. Please contact us at the numbers provided to let us know how you and your families are doing and what we can do to assist.
 
Air Science reabre miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017
Con el poder restaurado, nos complace anunciar que la fábrica y las oficinas de Air Science volverán a abrir el miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017.
Debido al huracán Irma, puede haber una respuesta retrasada en las peticiones de cotización. A medida que nuestro personal regrese de la evacuación, reduciremos la reserva. Todas las peticiones de cotización anteriores se han acumulado en nuestra cola y se procesan lo antes posible.
Comuníquese con nosotros en info@airscience.com como de costumbre; esta dirección será monitoreada continuamente.
Gracias por su comprensión a medida que nos recuperamos de la tormenta.
Atención a los empleados de Air Science
Tanto los turnos primero como segundo deben reportarse al trabajo en miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017, tan pronto como sea seguro para usted hacerlo. Contáctenos en los números proporcionados para hacernos saber cómo usted y sus familias están haciendo y qué podemos hacer para ayudar.
Due to Hurricane Irma, there may be a delayed response on quote requests. The Air Science office is open with staff on site as they return from evacuation. Please contact us at info@airscience.com as usual; this address will be monitored continuously. We thank you for your understanding as we recover from the storm.
Debido al huracán Irma, puede haber una respuesta retrasada en las peticiones de cotización. La oficina de Air Science está abierta con el personal en el sitio a medida que regresan de la evacuación. Comuníquese con nosotros en info@airscience.com como de costumbre; esta dirección será monitoreada continuamente. Gracias por su comprensión a medida que nos recuperamos de la tormenta.
We're back. At Air Science, our experience with Hurricane Irma was a challenge for all of us, both personally and professionally. Thankfully, we are back on the job and working hard to catch up.
While our quotations and administrative systems remained in operation during the storm, our manufacturing and shipping functions were temporarily suspended. These have now been restored.
On behalf of all of us at Air Science, we thank you for your thoughts and prayers, your patience and understanding, and most of all, your continued confidence in our company, our products and our services.
Paul Chambre
 
Estamos de vuelta. En Air Science, nuestra experiencia con el huracán Irma fue un reto para todos nosotros, tanto personal como profesionalmente. Afortunadamente, estamos de vuelta en el trabajo y trabajando duro para ponernos al día.
Mientras nuestros peticiones de cotización y sistemas administrativos permanecían en operación durante la tormenta, nuestras funciones de fabricación y envío se suspendieron temporalmente. Estos han sido restaurados.
En nombre de todos nosotros en Air Science, le agradecemos por sus pensamientos y oraciones, su paciencia y comprensión, y sobre todo su confianza continua en nuestra empresa, nuestros productos y nuestros servicios.
Paul Chambre
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5 Ways Your Biological Evidence May Be Compromised

08.07.17

Why Complete Control is Necessary in the Storage of Biological Evidence

forensic evidence protection

Our criminal justice system, built on truth and justice, continues to protect the innocent by convicting and punishing the guilty.

The biological evidence of a case is one of the primary methods of conviction for a crime, yet so many law enforcement agencies still utilize incomplete or faulty methods for handling this important piece of a case.

Did you know your current handling and storing practices may actually be compromising important biological evidence?

Below are five common practices that may be compromising your evidence:

  1. Use of biological material within court - Courts are often not equipped to provide proper storage capabilities while evidence is being used for the trial. There also exists the danger that evidence stored in plastic bags will be opened and closed frequently, causing greater potential for contamination.

Solution: Attempt to obtain a stipulation from all parties involved that allows secondary evidence (photographs, computer images, etc.) to be used in the place of important biological evidence.

  1. Neglect of proper drying techniques - Biological evidence should be stored in a dry place and/or dry condition; however, many times the drying process is not performed with caution. Large cloth-like material that contains evidence should be spread out to allow for consistent drying. Heat should not be used on evidence to speed the drying process. And the temperature and room humidity must always be monitored properly.

Solution: Ensure that your agency is equipped with an area designated for drying evidence that contains proper air filtration and temperature control. Standalone laboratory filtration units, such as our evidence drying cabinets, provide a convenient solution.

  1. Refrigeration without moisture control - While some evidence needs to be stored in cool temperatures, this method is not failproof. Many agencies have recently found mold contamination an issue within refrigerator storage from lack of moisture control. One such case in Austin found mold on hundreds of sexual assault kits that had not yet even been processed.

Solution: Always store biological evidence in controlled environments that allow adjustment of temperature and humidity.

  1. Packaging in plastic - Plastic can accelerate the decomposition of biological evidence and can encourage the growth of mold or mildew because of the higher moisture environment it encourages.

Solution: Always package biological evidence in paper, especially for long-term storage. If plastic must be used temporarily in court, always return to paper for further storage.

  1. Combined drying proximity - Allowing various samples of biological evidence to dry in the same area with no decontamination or controlled protection can lead to faulty case results.

Solution: Always dry samples in a separate and completely decontaminated area for evidence protection.


Ultimately, the extent to which you are able to control the environment for handling and storing your biological evidence will determine the integrity of your evidence. Make sure that your biological evidence is handled correctly from first processing to long-term storage.

Find optimal control over all aspects of the handling and storing process with specially designed forensic laboratory equipment by Air Science. Our entire Safekeeper® series provides proper handling and storage of biological evidence during any stage of the chain of custody. From our Safeswab Swab Drying Cabinets to our Benchtop Decontamination Chambers, Air Science provides solutions to all of your forensic needs.




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