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SAFETY

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 21:10:50 -0500


I admit I often laugh when faced with fear. And I make flippant jokes
about the health and welfare of children. However, I know safety IS
important. Not only for teachers who are exposed to the hazardous
materials routinely, but also for the students who are without defense.
The students trust us to present materials and methods that are safe for
them to use. Who knows what will happen 20 years from now because of
exposure to some seemingly innocent material today, that will later be
tagged as hazardous? We owe it to them to avoid the items we KNOW are
hazardous. We are legally and ethically bound to keep abreast of the
developments and do our best to protect them from unsafe materials. But
sometimes the new discoveries about hazards can be frustrating. Lets keep
an open mind, and work creatively to figure out how to side step the
dangers and provide safe methods and materials. The problem is we get so
tied up in our fear of lawsuits that we end up throwing out the baby with
the bathwater. Besides, many of the products say stuff like "Known to
cause cancer in California." I, for one, am glad I don't live in
California!

Be careful, Bunki!
Mark


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