Lighting for Health & Safety
Posted by Tim McGunigle - Health and Safety Adviser
The 28th January marks the anniversary of the switching on the first Gas Light on Pall Mall, London in 1807….HOLY SHMOLLY….I can’t begin to think of how we lit our way before that and although the whole gas lighting thing sounds very scary, we have certainly come a long way to the lighting luxuries of today.
Poor lighting in the workplace can affect the quality of work in all areas, and more specifically where precision is required, as well as affecting overall productivity. Poor lighting, which includes too much or too little, can cause tremendous strain on the eyes and lead to headaches and migraines.
WHY IS LIGHTING IMPORTANT??
Quite simply, proper lighting makes all work tasks easier…aint that the truth!!
Have you ever worked in an office where the strip lights are so bright you find yourself screwing your eyes almost to the point of full closure just for some respite, or working in a dark corner on the factory shop floor where you find yourself second judging what you think you may have seen on the production line in the first instance…?? Exactly, appropriate lighting can prevent so many workplace accidents by simply being appropriate for the task in hand.
Other common health effects linked to poor lighting may include:-
– dropping materials and equipment
– Mental Health issues and depression may also become a factor
There are several tips which can be observed around the workplace, in particular around the office:-
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