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#1 posted 09-19-2012 09:25 PM

”… it is not my job to do this…”

Of course students should always take care of their peers when they see a dangerous situation arising, but please think about the fact that I and all other students are complete “newbies”, and teachers or the school cannot hold students responsible for any safety issues that they don’t understand yet.

We are in school to learn, and if we are not taught how to work safely, we won’t be able to help others to do so (except by using common sense).

Common sense works well e.g. when a student tries to make a “free-hand” cut on the table saw. But when we are introduced to things like chemicals that produce fumes, we most likely don’t know anything about the dangers of inhaling those. This is where I am pointing fingers—the school needs to require teachers to teach us about these types of dangers. About the dangers that we students are not aware of, simple due to lack of knowledge.

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