A proposed EU directive which will force bosses to make daily risk assessments on the strength of the sun, has been slammed as unworkable and absurd by a leading business pressure group.
Under the proposed EU Directive on optical radiation, being discussed this week by the European Parliament, all employers with staff working outdoors would be forced to make daily 'risk assessments' of the levels of UV radiation to which their employees could be exposed.
This would mean assembling complex meteorological information and analysing its implications for employees.
On the basis of this assessment, the employer is then supposed to devise an action plan to minimise the potential health and safety risk to its employees.
"Most businesses have neither the resources nor the expertise to undertake such scientific analysis,' said the Forum of Private Business' chief executive Nick Goulding.
"This directive requires an utterly unrealistic degree of technical and medical expertise that the vast majority of small owners simply do not have.
"Unless the directive is amended and natural sources of radiation are removed from its scope, it will be impossible for small businesses to comply with its provisions."