Lighting and Your Health

You might not have known this, but, the lighting in your place of work, home or on-site has effects on your health.

Who would have thought that anyway, well I guess that's what we are here for, to educate you on the actual Importance of proper lighting in your spaces.

The Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Servicesn Kenya (DOSHS) recorded an estimated 71,062 employee non-fatal injuries, as reported by employers inbetween 2017/18.


The two biggest problems highlighted in the report for workplace injuries were slipping, tripping and falling, followed by handling, lifting and carrying.


There are many procedures employers are required to enforce in order to prevent accidents from happening, but bad lighting is often not acknowledged as a workplace hazard.


Ineffective lighting in the workplace is associated with a range of health issues from eye strain and posture to lethargy and attention problems.


However, in environments such as factories, warehouses and distribution centres, a dark or dimly lit facility can lead to injuries and even fatalities.

In busy warehouses, poor illumination can have serious consequences and should be treated as a significant health and safety issue, with many customers only contacting companies on the back of a serious health and safety branch.


It is important that employers regularly review lighting to highlight any light-related issues that may cause harm or injury.

Lighting hazards in the workplace are often the result of incorrect lighting design as companies often buy or lease an empty building where the lighting is just about adequate.

However, once obstacles like racking or machinery are installed, light levels will drop dramatically.

We believe too many companies give very little thought to designing a lighting system and, as a result, end up with inadequate lighting that burns more energy than necessary.  

DOSHS Regulations simply require that lighting at work is ‘suitable and sufficient’ and that, ‘where reasonably practicable’, workplaces are lit by natural light.


Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their workers and, since badly specified, sited or maintained lighting can lead to accidents as well as underperforming staff, workplace illumination should never be overlooked.

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