Risk Management for Forensic Laboratories Webinar Series

Risk Management for Forensic Laboratories Webinar Series


This webinar series explores the benefits of using risk-based thinking and risk management principles to assist in managing forensic laboratories. By employing a risk-based approach, laboratory managers better understand their decisions’ effects and impact on laboratory activities. From evaluating the risk associated with a non-conformance to assisting in making decisions at the most critical times, considering risk informs and enhances the decision-making process. This series provides practical applications for using risk management in operational settings and demonstrates how managers can better prepare and respond to unplanned events by employing a risk-based approach.


Using Risk Management to Optimize Forensic Laboratory Operations 
This webinar originally occurred on June 30, 2022
Presenter: Nelson Santos

The use of risk management has been historically absent from the management of forensic science laboratories. The webinar will demonstrate how incorporating a risk management program into a forensic laboratory’s management system assists in optimizing operations and continual improvement.

What Keeps You Awake at Night: Risk, Leading Change, and Challenging Decisions
This webinar originally occurred on July 26, 2022
Presenter: Brian Hoey

Crime laboratories are exposed to risks each and every day, and it is the job of organizational leaders to balance the severity of a consequence versus the frequency of occurrence, know the laboratory's risk exposure, and proactively mitigate that risk. This webinar will discuss accessing risk exposure, strategic planning, and managing change.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Table-Top Exercises
This webinar originally occurred on August 23, 2022
Presenters: John Bowen

When faced with a situation that defies existing policy or past experiences, managers need to be ready to lead their teams and/or calmly advise and guide their own commanders. Table-top exercises are an efficient way to deliver this training and improve your teams' readiness for unexpected crises.

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Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar series has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar series are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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