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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The EU Tan Ban 

The European Union barely missed passing a tan ban for outdoor workers... well... sort of:

Builders and barmaids working outdoors will not have to be shielded from sunshine by their employers under European Union rules after a revolt by lawmakers on Wednesday.

The European Parliament voted to leave it to individual EU states to regulate whether bosses should have to protect staff from the sun's harmful radiation, in a victory for pro-business conservative, liberal and nationalist deputies.
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Socialists and Greens argued EU legislation was vital to cut skin cancer rates among outdoor workers, but the right denounced it as an example of the nanny state running amok and over-burdening business.
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In its original form, the Optical Radiation Directive would have forced employers to monitor workers' exposure to the sun, assess the risks and provide them with information.

In other news, the EU is considering a new law which would require makers of pencils and pencil sharpeners to place prominent warnings on them which say:

Warning: Sticking a sharpened pencil in your eye may result in permanent blindness.

Apparently Europeans everywhere are needlessly going blind.

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