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17Feb94 EU: EUROPE ACTS ON THE BACK BURNER - LAWS TO MAKE BUILDERS COVER SKIN.

Topless building workers sweating away in the midday sun could soon be a thing of the past.The European Commission is planning legislation making builders cover up to prevent skin cancer.And the move is backed by construction union UCATT which wants contractors to take the dangers of the sun far more seriously.Regional secretary John Flavin said: 'As well as skin cancer, there is also the threat of sun stroke and dehydration.'We are making demands that employers take steps to prevent damage to workers from the sun by doing things like installing adequate drinking water taps.'The EC is recommending maximum sunlight exposure levels for workers.And a report from the National Radiological Protection Board last week shows construction workers can exceed that limit in just five minutes working on site in the midday sun.An NRPD spokeswoman said: 'The potential dangers are there for everyone to see and the rest is now in the hands of the commission.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS