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Working Titles:
Morgue Technician/Forensic Technician
Reports to: Morgue Supervisor, Forensic Pathologists 
  Revised 12-2009
Job Category Medical & Technical
Department MORGUE/HISTOLOGY
Position Description Under general supervision, eviscerates cadavers; prepares reports; secures and transfers valuables/evidence/specimen/ histology samples. Working conditions are in a morgue, histology laboratory with exposure to temperature variations, damp-wet surfaces, decomposing cadavers, infectious diseases, and unfavorable odors; must have valid Ohio Drivers license. Shifts may be fixed or rotating at management’s discretion.  
Major/Essential Functions 1. Prepare for autopsy and assists pathologist during autopsies by taking photographs and X-rays, evidence collection and documentation, and other duties as needed. Perform dissection, eviscerate body, open the calvarium, label, store, secure and deliver toxicology/histology specimens.
2. Process and act on information related to morgue duties.
3. Ensure proper identification of human remains.
4. Ensures safe and effective working environment by maintaining clean work areas, equipment and instruments. 
5. Organize, archive, send and receive histology samples, slides and block. Receive histology documentation.
6.  Accept and release bodies.
Occasional Duties 1. Assist with educational activities.
2. Assist with inventory of supplies, evidence, and tissue specimens.
3. Special projects as assigned.  
Qualifications The ideal candidate has one year experience in autopsy skills; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation from Ohio BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office; must acquire and maintain valid Ohio driver's license. Ability to effectively respond to inquiries, conflicts and public relations issues; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, government agencies, outside organizations, the news media, and the general public. Knowledge of ORC 313 and related sections; knowledge of evidence collection and transfer techniques; knowledge of human anatomy; knowledge of criminal justice system; knowledge of medical terminology; knowledge of health and safety standards and practices. Ability to secure work area; ability to operate personal computer, facsimile, copier, digital cameras. English is the official language of this position.
Preferred Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in related health care or forensic field or equivalent experience.
Security Sensitive? Yes  
Physical Demands Physical requirements include lifting-carrying of 100-250 lbs. constantly; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard. Subject to smelling, handling, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching and twisting to perform the essential functions.