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Lighting In The Workplace

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Lighting in the workplace
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Winter lighting can bring with it some risks to the workplace or even enhance other workplace risks due to poor visibility.

Natural lighting is often dull and during winter, sunstrike at sunrise and sunset is more likely. If your company relies on natural lighting you may need to consider additional temporary lighting or other controls to improve conditions.

Benefits of Adequate Lighting

Having adequate lighting in a workplace can make a big difference.

It can help:

• Reduce Fatigue

• Reduce Eye Strain

• Reduce headaches

• Improve time it takes to focus on an object and identify the size of the

object (especially fast moving objects or small objects)

• Enhance the mood of workers

• Increase comfort

Improving Lighting

You can improve lighting by replacing bulbs to a higher wattage, or introduce additional

or temporary lighting to any areas that require it.

For example: if you are able to move the bench or the area that you are working around

to make the most of natural lighting it would be ideal, alternatively add temporary localized

(task) lighting.

If you do use temporary lighting ensure it is practical and is being used wisely and away from water or damp spots. Ensure no one will trip, spill liquids or cut any electrical cords from any

temporary lighting.