The EU Parliament has rejected the Commission's draft directive on the protection of workers from potentially harmful optical radiation, including sunshine.
Under its agenda of promoting more socially responsible behaviour by companies on workplace issues, the European Commission has presented a package of directives on the protection of workers from certain physical agents.
While the directives on protection from noise, vibrations and electromagnetic fields have already been passed, a draft directive on the protection of workers from potentially harmful optical radiation, under consideration since 1992, were voted by Parliament in second reading on 6 September 2005.
However, the directive raised the prospect of fully clothed lifeguards in open-air swimming pools. Builders and barmaids would be forced to cover up as their bosses make 'sunlight risk assessments' every day. Football players could even be forced to interrupt the game and pull on long sleeved shirts when the sun comes out.
Ah, the amazing EU at it's best. :dielaugh: Great to see our taxes put to such good use. And then they wonder why people are 'Euro sceptics'.