It’s really all in the basics – air, water and light. A decent workplace will always have fresh, breathable air circulating within its confines. It will provide access to clean drinking water. In many a place, however, lighting is not given similar emphasis, thereby, affecting not only the productivity of the people working there, but also their health. It’s critical then, to follow the lighting standards and ensure the safety and wellbeing of your employees.
Why be WELL?
An average employee spends nearly 8 to 10 hours in their workplace. Imagine, if those hours were all in a dark and dingy setting. Not a pretty picture, right? It can completely demotivate them from even showing up to work, let alone doing their best at it.
This is why many organizations advocate following Workplace Lighting Standards to create a conducive and sustainable working environment. Green Building, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the WELL Building Standard have clear directives for all the systems working hand in hand – starting from air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. They identify the best practices bearing in mind, not just the wellbeing of the employees, but also that of the environment. Only when all the factors are accounted for, can the WELLness of every individual be guaranteed.
Let’s take a deeper look at the role light plays in this.
Healthy Lighting isn’t Heavy Lighting
Of course, poor lighting is a strict no for any organization. Not only can it lead to safety risks and hazards, it also causes people to feel lethargic, irritable and at times, depressed. The solution, however, does not lie in merely adding more light fixtures that glare the eyes out.
A lighting system should be designed intelligently to cater to the physical needs of the employees. There must be a balance between natural light and artificial light. It must be sensitive to the scope of work in a given section.
As per the International Labour Organization (ILO), a good lighting system doesn’t mean that you need more lights. It is often a merely a case of:
- making better use of existing lights
- making sure that all lights are clean and in good condition
- ensuring that lights are positioned correctly for each task
- making the best use of natural light