From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Liquid methane experiment in class
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:30:30 -0400
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The guy seems to look like he is fully mature and he has a job teaching. If he made it to this age and has this level of common sense, I'd do him a favor and fire him before he hurts someone.  He should not be around young people who, by definition, have plenty of stupid ideas of their own.
Even if you train him to understand about this kind of hazard, how many other bad ideas lurk there waiting for a chance to be on a video?
That said, I want you on the jury at my trial if I do something stupid.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Simolo <simolo**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.CHEM.ROCHESTER.EDU>
Sent: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 3:05 pm
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Liquid methane experiment in class

Other than as an example, there is little value in punishing the person.  It is
much better to educate people in the error of their ways and turn them into
advocates for safety.  I do not know the individual involved but my guess is
that he is a popular, dedicated teacher who has nothing but the best of
intentions.  Would I ever do what he is doing?  No, I would not.  But he has
likely seen numerous examples of this being done and is not thinking about the
potential ramifications of his actions, not just to his class but to others who
see it and repeat it.  I would feel differently if the person insisted what they
were doing was safe and continued to do it.  What he is doing is one of those
examples of an act where you might get away with it hundreds of times before
something goes horribly wrong.  


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