Well, SOMEBODY'S unclear on the concept here...

This manufacturing plant's managers decide to go for a VPP safety rating from the federal government, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene.

"Not many plants achieve it. Good news, right?" says fish.

"Wrong. We were suddenly slogged down with ridiculous requirements that kept us from doing our jobs.

"For example, for any cabinet that contained live electrical inside, I was required to wear a heavy blue flameproof lab coat, a flameproof hairnet -- on my shaved head -- and heavy leather gloves.

"Ever try to terminate Cat 5 cable with heavy gloves?

"My solution: Make sure nobody was around, open the cabinet and terminate the wiring like I'd been doing for the previous seven years. Our VPP rating stayed intact, and the network worked, too."

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