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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Morning Has Broken!

I had an early trek (up with the lark) to Brighton Station this morning with Eva, as she is popping over the Sweden for a couple of weeks.

My goodness me what an awful lot of people there were there milling around wearing hi vis jackets. These hi vis wearers were not just station staff, but also leafleteers, cleaners and statisticians/pollsters with clip boards.

All of them looked so self engorged with their own perceived sense of self importance and self satisfaction!

Tonk regularly says "just laugh at hi vis".

However, doubtless due to the unfeasibly early hour and the fact that I had consumed industrial quantities of brandy the night before, I had a real urge to thwack these self important people on their heads with their clipboards.

What is it about hi vis that is so damned annoying?

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  1. Ken,

    It is my opinion that Hi-Viz is the new "peaked cap." The latter was so ridiculed by the "That's Life" programme on the state broadcaster, that people did indeed, just laugh at it. The programme introduced a new phrase that is still in use today; The Jobsworth.
    As a result of the said show, no one took the peaked capped official seriously and so, it was necessary to come up with a new symbol of authority; enter Hi-Viz.

    We must start to treat the Hi-Viz wearer with the same contempt that we held the peaked cap wearer in.

    I often think that I actually stand out more now because I do not wear Hi-Viz.
    When I go into town on the bus, a five minute ride, I see the bus driver in hi-viz; Why?...He is sat in the driver's seat of the bus, that gives me a clue as to his role.
    I see the "Crocodile" of school kids walking down the street to the local swimming pool, all clad in their hi-viz jackets which, incidently are part of the official school uniform FFS.
    I see litter pickers, lollipop ladies, trafic wardens, coppers, PCSOs, dog wardens, security guards, trolly collectors, builders, blind people, wheelchair users, postmen, etc etc all clad in the hi-viz.

    If I am approached by someone in hi-viz and they ask me if I would take part in a survey, I look terribly dissappointed and sarcastically say; "A survey? Oh I thought it was going to be something very important seeing the official Hi-Viz jacket." I then smile and they are left wondering if I'm being serious or taking the piss.

    Of course, there may be a far simpler explanation; perhaps Nanny has shares in the companies that make this hi-viz clothing.

    Just laugh at Hi-Viz.

  2. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Spain introduced a law making every motorist to carry a hi viz - It was just a money spinner so Tonk aint far wrong.

  3. Mjolinir12:16 PM

    'High visibility clothing' is usually supplied to workers as 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Quotes from the HSE guide-
    //PPE is the last resort after other methods of protection have been

    //The main requirement of the PPE at Work Regulations 1992 is that personal protective equipment is to be supplied and used at work wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways.

    So - run off a couple of copies of;- (it's only a few pages) - give them to anyone who is wearing 'yellow' and point out the requirements for Hazard & Risk assessment and trainingfor the task and location.

  4. Maybe the answer is to carry a lightweight Hi-Viz waistcoat, and at the first sign of being approached by one of these numpties, put it on. Then see how they like it!!

  5. Lord of Atlantis2:36 PM

    It makes perfect sense for those in certain occupations to wear hi-viz, such as those maintaining railway tracks and other equipment, plus those in jobs containing similar dangers. But people doing surveys or selling, litter pickers, trolley collectors, bus drivers and postmen? The sole purpose the majority of people wear them, in my opinion, seems to be to make little people seem important! I shall also make the observation that we managed perfectly well before hi-viz was invented, without multitudes being killed as a result!

  6. Mjolinir6:34 PM

    @Lord of A -// those maintaining railway tracks //

    Funny thing - if you ARE doing that you will have a red jacket and MUST NOT wear yellow Hi-vis!(a train driver seeing 'yellow' in the distance may confuse it with a 'single aspect' signal which means "OK to proceed, but next signals will be 'double yellow' then red/stop." )

  7. Anonymous3:37 AM

    hi viz = false light
    truth = truth
    keep on shining out your TRUE light ken!