Table saw safety question
I just bought my first table saw, a portable one by Dewalt (DWE7490x). I will only be using it occasionally, and my first project is to cut some boards for use in building a guitar amp. It took me several hours to ensure that it is set up properly, but I feel comfortable that everything is good now.
Anyway, my impression from reading the manual and watching videos online is that in general, when ripping, you should keep your body to the left of the blade, use your left hand to push the board against the fence and down toward the table, positioning the hand in front and to the left of the blade. The right hand is then used to push the board forward (with push stick for narrower rips).
My question is, if using a feather board in front and to the left of the blade to keep the board against the fence, is there anything wrong with standing to the right and almost behind the fence, using your left hand with a push stick to move the board forward and put downward pressure? The push stick I bought has a rubber grip on the bottom and spring loaded notch on the back to help with the forward push.
To me, it seems like you are even less likely to touch the blade or get hit by kicked back material as your body is entirely on one side of the blade and even beyond the fence. I do plan on using the anti kickback devices that came with the saw for the cuts I am doing, so hopefully kickbacks won't happen in the first place.
Is this a safe position? Bad practice?
Any thoughts fro folks with experience would be appreciated!