Aging workers may need lighting adjustments
The single largest missing ingredient in workplaces to assist aging workers is proper light. A lighting plan that uses more indirect rays, especially with computer use, creates a better working environment.
Using task-specific lighting is important. This can be accomplished by using table and desk lamps with soft white lights (or filtered clear bulbs) to reduce glare. Reducing glare contributes to workstation comfort and can help to minimize falls in the work area.
Pools of light can distort perception of height and depth that could lead to stumbling or tripping. Uneven brightness patterns can produce shadows or create the illusion of steps or edges where the light and shadow meet. In those areas you should introduce gradual changes in light levels.
Each employee and job type needs to be assessed to best accommodate the situation. The objective is to reduce the possibility of an accident. Additional information can be found at RS SafetyTV.
Our Retro members also can find resources in the RASI Safety Library, Aging in the Workplace section.
Lighting modifications to adjust or install additional lighting often are simple and affordable. Such changes can help seasoned employees and those who are younger, as well.
WR employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or [email protected].