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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.

Tips

  • 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

Cause

  • 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

Cause

  • 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

Comcare (Office Safety tool)
GPO Box 9905, Canberra, ACT 2601
1300 366 979 | www.comcare.gov.au

Date printed 29 Jun 2022

https://www.comcare.gov.au/office-safety-tool/spaces/meeting-spaces/lighting-of-meeting-spaces