Case Histories: Educational/ Institutional
Keep an Eye Out for Lighting Problems
Whether you are trying to type at a computer terminal, read a stack of papers or work on a factory machine, proper lighting not only can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism, it can add a sense of security to the workplace. The National Lighting Bureau reminds us to reevaluate workplace lighting needs.
Poor lighting can result from the rearrangement of a workplace or improper use of energy-efficiency lighting. Many workplaces are improperly lit for paper work or computer work. Richard V. Morse, NLB chairman, says that a number of bureau case histories indicate a direct link between poor lighting and eyestrain, headaches, and similar pain-causing problems. Other problems caused by improper lighting may include low morale, depression, poor work quality and eventually, absenteeism, says the NLB.
To improve workplace productivity, the NLB encourages the use of what it calls High-Benefit Lighting® — lighting to provide maximum support for the performance of visual tasks. In office environments, High-Benefit Lighting provides optimal conditions for viewing computer screens, keyboards, and source materials, so word processors and other personnel can work faster with fewer errors, says John Bachner, NLB spokesman. In plants and factories, High-Benefit Lighting is illumination designed for specific tasks from the assembly of tiny machine components to the examination of paint on metal.
Proper lighting should also include outdoor illumination of parking lots and building entrances for safety.
Reprinted with permission from Today’s Supervisor, published by the National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143-3201.