Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - I voted in favour of this conciliation outcome. The fact that the title and scope of the directive have been amended to cover optical radiations from artificial sources only is to be welcomed. I hope the Commission will learn from this, having originally brought ridicule upon the EU by proposing to ban sunshine - giving a public relations gift to eurosceptics and their ever-supportive media. That unnecessary row could have been avoided, but I welcome this belated acceptance of the European Parliament's common-sense decision. Now we will have a directive which legitimately seeks to protect workers who work with lasers and electrical welding equipment, those in the steel and glass industries and those in artificial tanning businesses. The accepted guidelines are designed to prevent the acute and long-term effects to the eyes and skin that can occur with high levels of exposure.

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