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Significance and Use
The procedures outlined here are grounded in the generally accepted body of knowledge and experience in the field of forensic document examination and related fields. By following these procedures, a forensic document examiner can reliably process charred documents to optimize their preservation.
1.1 This guide provides procedures that should be used by forensic document examiners (Guide E444) for the preservation of charred documents.
1.2 These procedures include evaluation of the sufficiency of the material requiring preservation.
1.3 The particular methods employed in a given case will depend upon the nature of the material available for preservation.
1.4 This guide does not cover all procedures to preserve charred documents. Consultation with a document conservationist, archivist, or related material expert, as well as reference materials, may be necessary.
1.5 This guide does not replace knowledge, skill, ability, experience, education, or training (Guide E2388) and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment.
1.6 This standard 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E444 Guide for Scope of Work of Forensic Document Examiners
E2388 Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners
E2711 Guide for Preservation of Liquid Soaked Documents
ICS Number Code 03.160 (Law. Administration); 11.020 (Medical sciences and health care facilities in general)
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ASTM E2710-11e1, Standard Guide for Preservation of Charred Documents, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top