Why are workplace lighting levels important?

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Furthermore, possible glare and reflections on the screen shall be prevented by co-ordinating workplace and workstation layouts with the positioning of the artificial light sources.

What guidance exists on lighting in the workplace?

There are several guidance documents which give further information on workplace lighting, especially for VDUs. These include the guide issued by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE):

LG07/15 Lighting Guide 07: offices - LG7.

In addition to the guidance produced by CIBSE, the HSE have produced a guide called Lighting at work HS (G) 38.  This documentation recommends an average lighting level of 500 lux (minimum 200 lux) for work which requires perception of fine detail. An office area should be between 300 to 500 lux.

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