Lighting plays a big role in warehouse safety. Insufficient lighting can increase accident rates, creating potential blind spots or making it more difficult to notice certain hazards that could lead to slips, trips and falls.
When you place lighting in a warehouse, you need to be strategic. If you want to improve warehouse safety through better lighting, here are some tips to get you started.
Use Reflectors With LED Lights
LED lighting is more cost efficient than many other options. However, the light from LEDs is highly directional, not unlike a laser beam. If a worker looks directly at a light, they could be temporarily blinded. This can increase the likelihood of an accident as the employee can’t see properly.
Reflectors can reduce the laser-like effect of LEDs, minimizing glare and reducing the likelihood of temporary blindness when viewing the light. They can also help the light hit more places, increasing the overall brightness of a space.
Adjusting Your Fittings or Bulbs
Warehouses typically have very high ceilings. Lights placed at the top may not be bright enough to sufficiently illuminate the floor, increasing safety risks.
You can use one of two approaches to remedy the issue. First, you can lower the fixtures to bring them closer to the floor if the light can still sufficiently illuminate high shelves or equipment after being adjusted. Second, you can opt for brighter bulbs, casting more light into the space.
Examine the CRI
Different kinds of lighting can alter how employees perceive colors in the space. A light’s Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a reflection of how realistic colors will look when under the light.
Inaccurate colors can make reading labels, identifying objects or discerning the true nature of a color harder. Make sure your bulbs have a minimum CRI of 85, as this ensures the proper level of color accuracy.
Let in Natural Light
While you might not have the ability to add windows to a warehouse, creating pathways for natural light to penetrate and reflect in the space is a smart idea. Not only can this limit your need for artificial light, especially during the brightest hours of the day, leading to a cost savings, but it can also ensure colors look correct inside the warehouse.
Know Your Product Quality
Many people are confused by the nuances of various lighting products, especially technologies like LEDs. Before you make a purchase, do some research to ensure the bulbs are high quality and live up to any claims the manufacturer makes, especially when it comes to brightness and CRI. Otherwise, you may end up with subpar bulbs, causing you to waste money over the long term and not get the results you paid to achieve.
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Ultimately, lighting plays a big role in warehouse safety, so making sure yours is sufficient is a must. If you’d like to know more, the skilled team at Pride Staff can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff today and see how our warehouse safety expertise can benefit you.