Lighting at work

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a new standard on lighting. It is called “BS EN 12464-1 2011 Light and lighting. Lighting of work places. Indoor work places.” The full standard specifies the lighting requirements for people in indoor work areas to meet their needs for visual comfort and performance.

All tasks for people with normal visual ability are taken into account, including workers with display screen equipment. This new document, part 1 of the standard, specifies requirements for lighting solutions for most indoor workplaces in terms of quality and quantity of illumination. Aimed at those who design or specify lighting in workspace layouts, it seeks to encourage the planning and introduction of appropriate lighting controls for regular lighting layouts in buildings. It is especially useful when subdividing lighting for use only when a specific area is occupied. The document is available from BSI at a cost of £182 but subscribers to PHSC’s advisory service contracts can obtain a 25% discount through our office.

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