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Brussels bans barmaids from baring chests

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

Hands off our barmaids’ boobs (The Sun 4 August 2005)
The EU has declared a crackpot war on busty barmaids – by trying to ban them from wearing low-cut tops. Po-faced penpushers have deemed it a HEALTH HAZARD for bar girls to show too much cleavage. And in a daft directive that will have drinkers choking on their pints, Brussels bureaucrats have ordered a cover-up. They say barmaids run a skin cancer risk if they expose themselves to the sun when they go outside to collect glasses. Last night the move was blasted as an affront. Annie Powell, of real ale group Camra, raged: “It’s just another blatant example of Europe gone mad.”

Barmaids protest at probably the silliest directive in the world (The Daily Telegraph 3 August 2005)BAVARIAN barmaids are to be forced by a European Union directive to cover up, supposedly to protect them from sun. Brewery owners, politicians and most of the women themselves have condemned the legislation as absurd, claiming the “tan ban”, as it has been nicknamed, will destroy a centuries-old tradition. Bavarian barmaids typically dress in a costume known as a “dirndl”, a dress and apron with a tight, low cut top whose figure-hugging effect is enhanced by a short white blouse. Under the EU’s Optical Radiation Directive, employers of staff who work outdoors, including those in Bavaria’s beer gardens, must ensure they cover up against the risk on sunburn. Bavarian bar keepers have been told that the dirndl, generally rather revealing, will have to be replaced as it offers no protection.

Bunch of boobies! (News of the World ,7 August 2005)
Ulrika Johnson column. THE RIDICULOUS EU want to ban barmaids from wearing revealing tops to protect them from sunburn while collecting glasses outside.

New EU rules on optical radiation, due to be voted on by ministers and MEPS (including those from the UK) in September 2005, do not tell people what they can wear, or ban low-cut tops or, heaven forbid, dirndls.
They instead require bosses to assess the risk of skin and retina damage for employees who work in the sun all day. This is a pressing concern, given that in the UK alone there 69,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year. How the risk to employees will be assessed, and what measures should be taken if there is deemed to be one, will be decided at local level – in the UK by the Health and Safety Executive. Of course, bar managers can always use their common sense by handing out sun cream.

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