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June 23, 2005

Eu Ninnies Fret About Real "Death Star," AKA "The Sun"

Obviously these people aren't busy enough:

An EU directive that could force bosses to make daily risk assessments about the strength of the sun is being debated this week in the European Parliament. If it is passed, all employers with staff working outdoors would need to look every day at the levels of radiation to which their employees could be exposed and devise an action plan to minimise health risks.

The directive, which applies to all forms of optical radiation, is designed to control workers' exposure to ultraviolet light, visible and infrared radiation, and lasers. The Forum of Private Business said yesterday that the proposed directive was 'unworkable and absurd,' especially for smaller employers.

I guess it was only a matter of time before the EU smarties got around to addressing "the Big Yellow Murderer In the Sky."

Is it just me, or have people worked outside for, oh, let's say around 100,000 years (depending on when actual "people" evolved) while managing to protect themselves, more or less, by using a little prudence?

Next on the agenda: The precise specifications for EU-approved Big Floppy Wide-Brimmed Hats To Keep The Sun Off Your Face And Shoulders. The brim should be no shorter than 20cm and no longer than 30cm, because with brims longer than 30cm, you run the risk of the wind blowing the hat off your head and sending it flying like a big shuriken made of straw.

And the EU can't have that.

What would be fun is to have a small committee of EU bureaucrats making these sorts of annoying rules for other EU bureaucrats only. That would learn 'em the fundamental idiocy of their never-ending quest to get up everyone's nostrils and piss the living bejesus out of them.

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