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Lighting of meeting spaces

Good lighting in workplaces is essential to enable people to see clearly and perform work safely. Commonly meeting rooms will have adjustable lighting for the task.


  • Turn on the lights in meeting spaces.
  • Have light switches near the entry door.
  • Allow your eyes to adjust to the light level.

Potential harm

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Eye discomfort

Identified hazards and controls

Visual discomfort


  • Light level too low or too bright during meetings.

What workers can do

  • If lighting is adjustable, ask those attending the meeting about the appropriate level of lighting.
  • Be aware of people with a vision impairment.

What employers can do

  • Install adjustable lighting options, including zone light switches, curtains or blinds.

Tripping over in the dark


  • Unable to see obstacles, such as chair legs, when entering the room.

What workers can do

  • Turn on the light before entering.
  • Wait for your eyes to adjust if necessary.

What employers can do

  • Install light switches near the entry door.
  • Install motion sensors to trigger lights when people enter.
Page last reviewed: 16 May 2021

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Date printed 25 Apr 2024