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http://euobserver.com/?sid=851&aid=19569

13.07.2005 - 09:49 CET | By Lucia Kubosova 
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has passed a revised version of 
the controversial directive to protect employees from optical radiation - 
including sunlight. 

The parliament's employment and social committee on Tuesday (12 July) voted 
overwhelmingly in favour of the legislation, which makes up the fourth and 
final part of the health and safety measures' package to be applied by European 
businesses.

This particular piece of legislation was originally criticised because of its 
suggestion that protection from natural sources of radiation - sunlight - 
should be harmonised at EU level.

The European Commission was supposed to work out a list of rules for employers 
to follow in order to protect their employees from excessive sunlight, which 
could lead to skin cancer.

Industry expected that they might include scientific risk assessments and 
detailed action plans, which would be burdensome, mainly for small and medium 
sized firms. 

Speaking at the committee one day before the vote, the British minister for 
pension and social issues, David Blunkett, said he believed MEPs would support 
a "common sense" approach concerning the directive, stressing "We need to apply 
common sense across all the areas of European legislation".

The Hungarian centre-right parliamentary rapporteur, Csaba Ory, eventually 
tabled an amendment to the draft, stating that the definition of any obligation 
of employers in terms of protection from sunlight should be left up to 
individual member states to decide, rather than being prescribed and controlled 
by the EU.

Socialist and Green MEPs abstained from the vote on the revised bill, but 
centre-right and liberal deputies supported it.

Small and medium sized businesses have also welcomed the move. 

"There is clearly a risk from over-exposure to sunlight but this risk varies 
dramatically across Europe. Given the risk from exposure to sunlight affects 
all members of the public when they are outdoors, it would be better addressed 
by the provision of adequate information both to employees and the general 
public at national level", commented Hans-Werner Müller, the secretary general 
of UEAPME.


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