The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state a number of requirements relating to lighting in the workplace including:

Regulation 8

  • every workplace shall have suitable and sufficient lighting,
  • natural lighting should be provided as far as reasonably possible,
  • sufficient emergency lighting must be provided where needed.

Regulation 16

All windows and skylights in a workplace shall be designed and constructed so that they may be cleaned safely.

The Approved Code of Practice supporting these regulations requires the following:

  • local lighting provided at individual workstations
  • stairways should be well lit and outdoor traffic routes used by pedestrians should be adequately lit after dark
  • lights should not be obscured
  • lights should be replaced, repaired or cleaned to ensure an adequate level of lighting
  • windows and skylights should be cleaned regularly
  • emergency lighting should be powered by a source independent of that used for normal lighting

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced guidance document HSG38: Lighting at work which outlines suitable practices to aid the employer in providing adequate lighting in the workplace. This document provides a list of minimum lighting recommendations and applies to interior and exterior lighting intended for everyday use.

BS EN 12464-1:2011 Light and Lighting – Lighting of Work Places Part 1 also provides a list of lighting requirements for interior areas, tasks and activities.

The main objectives of the survey offered by eeuk are:

  • to identify whether the artificial lighting levels are adequate during night time hours;
  • to identify the lighting levels during day time hours due to the addition of natural light;
  • to identify any areas of the workplace where lighting levels are below the recommended minimum measured illuminance; and to take into account the guidance given in HSE document HSG38

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