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ERIC Number: EJ1141568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Tools and Equipment in Nontraditional Spaces: Safety and Liability Issues
Love, Tyler S.; Roy, Ken R.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v76 n8 p26-27 May-Jun 2017
"Safety Spotlight" encourages the submission of questions from Technology and Engineering (T&E) Educators, and this month's question involves the risks of placing hazardous equipment (e.g., 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC router, etc.) in a non-technology & engineering lab under the supervision of teachers not certified to teach T&E education. Spotlight highlighted that school administrators and teachers must understand that no tool or machine is 100% safe. Although tools and machines today may seem "safer" than the industrial-size models of the past, they still can cause serious damage. This is why appropriate engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), teacher training, administrative safety protocols/standard operating procedures, security, and supervision are critical. While nothing prevents schools from placing hazardous tools and equipment in non-T&E labs, it would be better professional practice to ensure that these spaces have all the necessary engineering controls and are managed by individuals with specialized safety training and experience. It would be most beneficial to have T&E teachers collaborate with other content area teachers to fully utilize these spaces for a more integrative learning experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
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