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EU rejects sunshine ban

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'.

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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'.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old September 7th, 2005, 14:03
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Sunshine's only harmful to people with no skin pigments and they all live in places where it pisses rain non-stop. Other than that, a very worthwhile idea

If they were serious at all the first thing they'd introduce would be a Europe-wide smoking ban in places of work.

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The EU Parliament has rejected the Commission's draft directive on the protection of workers from potentially harmful optical radiation, including sunshine.
It was never gonna happen.
EU Commissioner Peter Mandelson may be corrupt, a proven liar, and educationally-subnormal, but he does like his little boyfriends to have suntans
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The headline to this thread alone is enough to cause fits of laughter.

Didn't Monty Burns get shot for trying something similar?

Not-so-facetious remark: Sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen. SPF 45 is readily available at supermarkets and pharmacies, and short of destroying the sun or becoming nocturnal, it's a sure way of protecting yourself against burns.

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Not-so-facetious remark: Sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen. SPF 45 is readily available at supermarkets and pharmacies, and short of destroying the sun or becoming nocturnal, it's a sure way of protecting yourself against burns.
I have a better solution; live in the UK.

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No, we don't want an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency.

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At least we limeys always get enough Vitamin C.

We need scurvy smilies.

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