ASTM WK64633

    New Practice for A Forensic Tape Analysis Training Program

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    1. Scope

    1.1.This document is intended as a practice for use by laboratory personnel responsible for training examiners to perform forensic examinations and comparisons on pressure sensitive tapes and adhesives. It contains suggested reading assignments and structured exercises to provide practical experience for the trainee. 1.1.1.The application of analytical techniques to tape analysis assumes the trainee is already competent in the use of each particular analytical technique or instrumental method. Additional training may be necessary for a particular method or instrument used herein. 1.1.2.Where justified, other sources of information on forensic tape examination not specifically mentioned in this document may be considered and added. 1.1.3.When possible, additional tape training beyond that which is listed here should be made available to the trainee. Such training might include off-site courses, internships, and specialized training by experienced examiners. 1.1.4.Continuing education and training should not be limited. Additional training provides a forensic tape examiner with the opportunity to remain current in the field. 1.1.5.Tape samples may often be evaluated for physical matches of the cut or torn end pieces. This document does not supply training requirements for physical match comparisons. Additional training is required in order to conduct this type of analysis. 1.2.This document is in a modular format for easy adaptation to an individual laboratorys training program. Suggestions as to lessons, practical exercises, progress monitoring, and trainee evaluations are included. Reading assignments with full citations are listed in each subsequent section of this document. 1.3.A tape training program shall provide a theoretical foundation and basic practical skills necessary to prepare a trainee to become a qualified forensic tape examiner. At the end of the tape training program, the trainee, under direct supervision of a qualified examiner, shall be capable of forming opinions based upon sound scientific knowledge, proper examinations, and practical experience. The trainee also shall be able to independently work cases, write reports, testify in court, and peer review cases. 1.4.This standard cannot replace knowledge, skills, or abilities acquired through education, training, and experience, and is to be used in conjunction with professional judgment by individuals with such discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. 1.5.This standard practice does not address human factors (e.g. cognitive bias). It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to address human factors during the initial or general training of a forensic scientist. 1.6.This standard practice does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    forensic science; training; tape; tape analysis; trace; materials


    Needed in order to establish minimum components of a tape training program. Will be used by forensic scientists interested in the analysis of tape.

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    Diana Wright