It’s only been with the greatest of restraint I’ve held my tongue.
The issue of safety is an important one when you’re in school. Like
the original poster, I suspect that if such unsafe practices are
allowed, what other unsafe practices are not reigned in or kept in
True, many of the issues to come up will be of personal safety, and
only one person can keep you safe in those situations…yourself.
However, I want to introduce you to my husband’s classmate. Call him
Trouble. This man was a welder at a local mill, having had plenty of
experience with torches. The first day the jewelry class were
introduced to the torches and gasses, the instructor talked most
about safety issues. The class went over lighting their torches,
using little gas at first, etc… and while the teacher (wonderful
teacher, knows much and shares it…including safety) was still
talking, everyone hears a loud “whoosh” come from their classmate’s
table. He’d nearly scorched off the hair of his fellow student,
though his own eyebrowns and facial hair was all that was singed…it
did grow back swiftly. And the ‘nearly’ was closer than anyone really
liked. This classmate is a wonderful and sweet person, helpful and
willing to assist any of his fellow students with anything. The
trouble is, he is trouble. He caused any number of class accidents
(most couldn’t be forseen, believe it or not), and this was in a
class that was probably kept safe because they were drilled in
That said, you really only know if the classrooms and instructors
are safety-minded by talking with them. Observe the classes as they
are happening…question safety issues, how much time is spent
discussing safety, etc.
And if you hear “whoosh” from behind you, jump quickly from your
chair and don’t stop moving til you’re out of the room.