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    Who's asked you to do this? Has it come from a teacher at your school being over cautious, or actually a new government necessity? ( I sooo hope the former).

    If it's not compulsory, could you not point out what a vast task it would be and instead get the kiddies involved in discussing how important it is to ask an adult before picking/eating...as you have been doing, then maybe finding pictures with them of a tomato and potato fruit (or seed or whatever it is), an edible and deadly poisonous mushroom, a rhubarb leaf and spinach leaf...could get the point across that although things may look safe, they still need to know what they're eating. Just an idea that might work and save you time.

    Bloomin' stupid Health and Safety!
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    ...otherwise, like you said, how far do you take it? Potato leaves are poisonous, spinach is poisonous to my niece. Peas and sweetcorn are poisonous to someone that has severe allergy to tem. Sorry, feeling cross on your behalf now
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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    Just how long does it take these days, to wrap them all up in their bubblewrap?
    But remember, don't use sellatape, the little love might have an allergy to the adhesive............

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    Quote Originally Posted by taff View Post
    thats why the school has liability insurance, if little johnny doesn't listen and eats the belladonna
    Really? If so great but our authority it underwrites itself and will do anything to avoid paying out which may or may not involve supporting staff.
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    Tomatoes are poisonous ? .........

    Surely the best thing is to teach them not to eat anything unless they ask permission first and to wash their hands after working in the garden .......
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    I don't like todays Health & Safety mania. But I have to say the original idea of Health & Safety in the work place was much needed when it first started. The next person I see killed on a building site will be the third. The second was many years ago and I thank Health & Safety legislation for that.

    The problem these days seems to be not the rules but the application of them by the over zealous. Who it would seem want to protect us from everthing and anything including that which is not there.

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    Very true Colin, in my time on sites they have become much safer, often by simple things like segregating people and traffic, that makes sense but there are times when things go way over because people are scared to take responsibility, just in case something does go wrong.
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    I forgot to say good luck as you tiptoe through the minefield 2Sheds remember in this situation always protect your arris, because no one else will.

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