Monday, 5 March 2012

09:36 – Heads-down work on the forensics book this week. We’ve gone about as far as we can on the biology kits until the last couple items arrive. Once that happens, we’ll be ready to assemble the first batch of 60 biology kits, some of which are already spoken for. I’m also preparing follow-on purchase orders, so that if necessary I can be ready to drop those immediately.

At this point, we’re thinking about doing several different forensics kits, one overall kit that includes the specialty materials needed for all of the lab sessions in the book, and several smaller kits that focus on specific aspects, such as a fingerprinting kit, a blood-testing kit, a forensic drug testing kit, and so on. We may also offer those special forensics kits as classroom kits, with sufficient materials for, say, 30 students working in groups of three. Doing that raises shipping issues because of the larger amounts of hazardous chemicals included. Rather than being able to ship air under the Section 173.4 small-quantity exemption, we’d have to ship ground under ORM-D regulations. But all that is a long way off.