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Sufficient light in the office: Good lighting in the workplace is good for health


Avoid accidents by having enough light in the workplace

Adequate lighting at the workplace can not only prevent eye problems in the office, but also prevent accidents. Because if there is too little light, we tire more quickly. The concentration also decreases. This increases the risk of accidents.

Work can make you sick

Long working hours and constant stress at work make more and more people physically and mentally ill. To counteract illnesses that arise from the job, experts advise, among other things, to ensure good ergonomics in the workplace, for example to prevent back pain. Good lighting is also important. This can not only reduce the risk of complaints such as eye flicker, but also reduce the risk of accidents. This is indicated by the Austrian General Accident Insurance Agency (AUVA).

Adjust the lighting

Light and lighting have an impact not only on safety in the workplace, but also on health and performance.

We need good light to see well. This light can be the sun as a natural source (lighting) or an artificially created one (lighting).

The strength of light and lighting is measured in lux. On a sunny summer day, it is around 100,000 lux outdoors, on a cloudy winter day, by comparison, you only measure around 5,000 lux.

A well-lit office should have at least 500 lux in the workplace, but inspection and control workplaces usually need significantly more lighting.

Employees can be adversely affected by reflections or glare from light. Glare is experienced as very unpleasant and not only leads to eye health problems, but can also have an unpleasant effect on posture.

The constant, often imperceptible adjustments of the eyes to the different brightness levels in the workplace and its surroundings can lead to an overload of the eye muscles. Dry eyes, headaches or neck tension are often the result.

The need for light increases with age

Age also plays a certain role in light and lighting. "With increasing age, the need for light increases significantly," says AUVA prevention expert Michael Wichtl.

"Around the age of 40, everyone begins to experience a noticeable, slowly increasing deterioration in visual performance. At around 50, visual acuity decreases significantly."

The specialist further explained: "As we get older, there are further restrictions, but these changes vary from person to person - ergonomically well-designed workplaces are suitable for all ages and ensure that work performance is not impaired at any age."

A good lighting mood ensures well-being

The spectral composition of light plays an important role not only for the visual function - it also influences the human internal clock. This is due to special sensory cells on the retina, which are particularly sensitive to the blue portion of daylight.

In order to use this effect to promote health, it is particularly important that natural daylight gets more into the work rooms.

Even after careful lighting planning, the spectral composition of the artificial lighting can be adapted to the course of daylight.

A good lighting mood can also make our surroundings appear pleasant and promote well-being and motivation at work.

Many companies use a suitable color and light environment for work and break rooms to support both the performance and the relaxation effect of the employees through the effect of light.

Bad lighting leads to a higher frequency of errors

“The frequency of errors is increased by poorly lit workplaces that make it difficult for us to differentiate between objects. The same also applies to glare or reflections, for example on screens that can be caused by windows or walls that are too bright, ”says Wichtl.

“Small and simple ergonomic measures can often optimize the lighting situation at workplaces. With pictures or another wall color, for example, white walls or bright surfaces that strongly reflect light can be broken through. ”(Ad)

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