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> 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
> Be careful, Bunki!