Michael talks about teaching new concepts (1:27)

At the end of the day you’ve got to think of your students’ welfare because your job is to skill people up and basically – I’m pretty lucky in a way because all the guys I work with have got jobs so you’re trying to just ensure that their skills meet industry standards.  Whether we get there and train or not, they’re going to do it, you know like, and so with the chemical stuff, if they’re going to do it, let’s make sure that they (delete: make sure that they) know why they have to wear PPE.   I mean, look, I started when I first went out there with the weed stuff and I got out the textbook and I’m talking about the skin is the largest organ of the body and blah blah blah, and they were all looking at me like, “What is he talking about?”.  And it was just going nowhere, so I actually went up to the shop and bought a sponge, like a kitchen sponge. And I said, “Okay, look, see this sponge.  It’s just like your skin, okay?”.   “Yeah, yeah, okay, got that.”  “See this water, that’s like the chemical if it’s in the air and if you tip the water onto the sponge, what happens?” And it absorbs it and sucks it in.  And they were looking at it.  And I said, “Well that’s just – that’s what your skin does so if you don’t cover up with PPE, your overalls and your gloves, your skin sucks in the chemical just like this sponge  has sucked in the water.”  And they all got that.  But when I started rattling on about the biggest organ in body and der der der, they were sitting there and they... When you see people look in the sky and start picking their teeth and – you know you haven’t got their attention. So you’ve just got to – you’ve got to break it down in terms that people understand too.  And how you do that is how you do that.


I’d do it differently than you and – but it’s just as long as you’re aware that you can’t stand there and rattle on in jargon that people just don’t understand because, well, what’s the point?