You need adequate lighting in the workplace to be able to carry out work safely, efficiently and accurately, however, lighting standards can vary between different environments.
The lighting that you need will depend on factors such as glare, light colour and contrast - therefore, it’s essential to consider the different lighting options carefully and make sure that you’re complying with any lighting regulations for your workplace.
In this article, we’ve taken a look at the different workplace lighting standards, so that you and your team can find the most appropriate lighting to help you carry out work safely and to a high standard.
In the UK, the governing body for health and safety in the workplace is known as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE has a range of regulations and guidelines that help organisations protect the health and safety of their staff. This information is not only important for dedicated health and safety officers, it also helps smaller organisations keep themselves and their staff safe from any potential dangers that could arise in the workplace.
The HSE has a dedicated guide on lighting at work, concerning everything from lighting standards to lighting risk assessments. We’ve taken a look at some of the main takeaways from this guide below.
The minimum amount of light required will depend on the task that needs to be carried out. Tasks that require acute detail and accuracy will require brighter lighting, however, factors such as glare need to be considered when choosing the right lighting solution. Below is a guide from the HSE for the different task types and the minimum illuminance they require.
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There are also regulations concerning lighting that is to be used in an emergency situation when the standard lighting solutions fail. This includes everything from illuminated exit signs to escape route lighting.
Some of the main features that emergency lighting can have include:
Self contained power supply
Continuous, maintained luminance
Minimum duration of 3 hours
The Fire Safety Advice centre can provide more information on the specific emergency lighting requirements for your workplace. It’s these features and regulations that can help to keep you, your workplace and your staff safe from harm in a potentially dangerous situation.
As well as looking at the minimum lighting requirements from the HSE, you may also need to carry out an extensive lighting risk assessment to find out which is the best lighting solution for your work environment. This allows you to explicitly see where potential hazards could arise and assess how you can prevent them.
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