Recent Survey Suggests Indifferent Attitudes Towards Workplace Lighting
Lamp Shop Online has recently carried out research into attitudes towards lighting in the workplace.
Two separate surveys asked 500 people the following questions:
1. Would you know how to replace a fluorescent strip light in the workplace?
2. Have you or a colleague ever changed a fluorescent strip at work?
The results were interesting, with 22% of the employees surveyed admitting that they, or a colleague had changed the bulbs themselves. In the other survey almost 57% of people answered that they would not know how to change a bulb.
This would seem to indicate that not only are employees changing tubes without the sufficient training, but also that employers may have a poor attitude towards lighting in the workplace. If staff members are changing tubes, it would suggest that these tubes were failing and had not already been taken care of by the employer.
Poor or faulty lighting can put employees in increased danger of trips and falls in the workplace, and also of being distracted and thus losing productivity. Both of these factors have the potential cost a business money. Business owners could be unaware that the onus for lighting in the workplace is on them, despite this being the official policy of the HSE.
Alongside the dangers above, there are also significant HR issues associated with failing lights in the workplace. Each year millions of work hours are lost due to sick days such as migraines, headaches and eye strains all of which can be caused or made worse by poor lighting in a workplace.
Rob Holroyd from Lamp Shop Online comments: “The results of the survey are worrying as employers are not taking responsibility for the lighting in their building, which is a key maintenance issue. The Health and Safety Executive states that employers are responsible for maintaining lighting in the workplace, so employers could actually be breaking the law by not stepping up and looking after their lighting.
“Employers need to regularly assess and maintain the lighting in their premises to ensure employees don’t have to take matters into their own hands and put themselves at risk.”