04/17/2003

Let there be (proper) light

People receive about 85 percent of their information through their sense of
sight. But receiving the most accurate information goes far beyond 20/20
vision. Lighting - and the pitfalls of contrast, glare, reflection, and shadows
- play a key part in productivity and accident prevention. Good lighting is one
of the most important ergonomic factors in the office and on the plant floor.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) got a wealth of
tips - and the formulas to get the best lighting. Here’s a few quick tips to
whet your interest to conduct a lighting audit at your place of business:

- Use filters to diffuse overhead lighting

- Cover windows with adjustable blinds

- Use matte finishes on walls, floors and furniture

- Adjust the brightness and contrast of computer monitors, instead of installing
an anti-glare screen

- Use a light colour for the screen background

- Place the monitor parallel (not directly below) with overhead lights

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)