Lighting in the Workplace
The quality of lighting in a workplace can have a significant effect on productivity. With adequate lighting workers can produce more products with fewer mistakes, which can lead to a 10-50 % increase in productivity. Good lighting can decrease errors by 30-60 % as well as decrease eye-strain and the headaches, nausea, and neck pain which often accompany eyestrain. Adequate lighting allows workers to concentrate better on their work which increases productivity.
The level of lighting that workers need varies depending on the nature of the task, the sharpness of the workers’ eyesight, and the environment in which the work is done. For example, detailed work, such as inspection, assembling of small parts or technical drawing, needs a great deal of light. Coarse work, on the other hand, such as loading or unloading materials, handling of materials or packaging, requires less light.
Good lighting in the workplace promotes:
1. a reduced risk of occupational accidents and health problems;
2. better concentration and accuracy in work;
3. a brighter, cleaner workplace resulting in a more active, cheerful environment;
4. improved work performance;
5. better visibility, improved accuracy and increased work speed enhancing production.
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