Saftey clothing should be discretionary in situations where it’s not really necessary

It's about time we had the right to choose whether to wear "safety" clothing at work in situations where it is not appropriate to the situation. I work for Veolia ltd in a seasonal capacity and I am expected to wear heavy, uncomfortable, steel toecapped footwear in a situation which doesn't warrant it.

My job involves pushing a refuse cart along the pavement up and down the seafront, picking up litter with a stick and sweeping, emptying dustbins etc. I never encounter any situation which could put my feet at risk, if anything the footwear itself is a health hazard as the boots are so heavy, making it so much more difficult to walk the long distances than it would be in normal footwear, especially so in hot weather. So here we have "health and safety" legislation which is being appllied in a situation where safety is not an issue and causing a detrimental impact on my health to boot (no pun intended).

The enforced wearing of high visibility waistcoats is another phenomenon which has mushroomed in recent years to the pont where just about anybody who has a job must dutifully surrender his dignity to the flourescent obedience bib. Obviously, in situations such as working in a dangerous warehouse with fork lifts or on the roads or raliways high-vis waistcoats are a worthwhile safety precaution but is it really necessary for a bus driver sitting behind the wheel or someone delivering leaflets from door to door to be made to wear one? I don't think so.

Why is this idea important?

It's about time we had the right to choose whether to wear "safety" clothing at work in situations where it is not appropriate to the situation. I work for Veolia ltd in a seasonal capacity and I am expected to wear heavy, uncomfortable, steel toecapped footwear in a situation which doesn't warrant it.

My job involves pushing a refuse cart along the pavement up and down the seafront, picking up litter with a stick and sweeping, emptying dustbins etc. I never encounter any situation which could put my feet at risk, if anything the footwear itself is a health hazard as the boots are so heavy, making it so much more difficult to walk the long distances than it would be in normal footwear, especially so in hot weather. So here we have "health and safety" legislation which is being appllied in a situation where safety is not an issue and causing a detrimental impact on my health to boot (no pun intended).

The enforced wearing of high visibility waistcoats is another phenomenon which has mushroomed in recent years to the pont where just about anybody who has a job must dutifully surrender his dignity to the flourescent obedience bib. Obviously, in situations such as working in a dangerous warehouse with fork lifts or on the roads or raliways high-vis waistcoats are a worthwhile safety precaution but is it really necessary for a bus driver sitting behind the wheel or someone delivering leaflets from door to door to be made to wear one? I don't think so.

Amend health and safety law to allow the individual to decide which personal protective equipment is required if any.

Why on earth must every one wear hi viz clothing the moment they step outside even in broad daylight with good visibility, fine for those who wish to, just amend the law to allow each individual to decide for themselves .

Why is this idea important?

Why on earth must every one wear hi viz clothing the moment they step outside even in broad daylight with good visibility, fine for those who wish to, just amend the law to allow each individual to decide for themselves .

make it compulsory for cyclists to be visible to drivers

Cyclists who do not have lights on their bikes at nigth or twilight are so very hard to see by motorists.  Yellow clothing makes a big difference too.

Why is this idea important?

Cyclists who do not have lights on their bikes at nigth or twilight are so very hard to see by motorists.  Yellow clothing makes a big difference too.

make it compulsory for cyclists to be visible to drivers

Cyclists who do not have lights on their bikes at nigth or twilight are so very hard to see by motorists.  Yellow clothing makes a big difference too.

Why is this idea important?

Cyclists who do not have lights on their bikes at nigth or twilight are so very hard to see by motorists.  Yellow clothing makes a big difference too.