Fact Sheet 24: Lighting

Employer to provide adequate lighting.

What this means for you

Under Clause 46 the employer must make sure the lighting provided for workers is bright enough for employees to work safely.

EXAMPLE: If a worker is operating machinery they must be able to clearly see what they are doing and must be able to easily see safety switches and other controls.

EXAMPLE: Night workers who are maintaining roads must have enough light so they can be seen as well as be able to see the tasks they are performing.

EXAMPLE: Office workers must have enough light to be able to read documents and read their computer screens without causing eyestrain.

Under the Clause the employer must make sure there is not excessive glare or reflection. This may sometimes be achieved by using anti-glare screens on computers and tinted windows on cars.

Did you know? Where glare or reflection cannot be reduced workers must be given personal protective equipment, such as sunglasses.

Employers must make sure there is enough light to ensure people visiting the workplace but who are not employees can also move around safely.

EXAMPLE: If a foyer does not have sufficient lighting visitors may trip or fall over.

Employers must also make sure all entrances and exits are well lit and exit lights are visible and in working order. Note that the provision for lighting applies to outdoor lighting as well as indoor workplaces.

For more information: There are Australian Standards which cover interior lighting Refer to AS 1680.1 & AS 1680.2 interior lighting for office based tasks.

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