Lighting is very important to the health and safety of everyone in the workplace. The quicker and easier it is to see a hazard, the more easily it is avoided. The types of hazard present at work therefore determine the lighting requirements for safe operation.
Poor lighting at work can represent a significant cost to business in the form of:
- time off as a result of accident and injury
- reduced staff efficiency
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires employers to have arrangements in place to cover health and safety and to ensure the safety of its staff and others. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires an assessment, control and review of workplace risks, and this includes consideration of lighting which needs to be suitable and adequate to meet the requirements of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Minimum lighting recommendations as published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in HSG38 “Lighting at work” (second edition – 2002):
We are experienced in carrying out daytime & night-time lighting surveys in workplaces using a handheld digital light meter to determine lighting levels and to check compliance with HSE minimum lighting recommendations. Lighting surveys will highlight any lighting hazards and risks in the workplace and make recommendations regarding lighting levels and maintenance requirements.