Lighting on a Construction Site
A lot of construction work nowadays takes place at night, particularly work on or near a road as it will be done overnight whilst there is less traffic on the road to avoid disruption during the day. This means that lights not only allow the work to take place at all, but also has a vital role to play in the overall health and safety of the work as the quality of the lighting will affect how well workers can see.
There is an important distinction between being able to see to do the work, and being able to see properly so that not only can a worker complete the task safely, but also has enough light to be able to spot hazards as well. For example, a worker may have just enough light to attach a safety harness or secure a rope to something, but not enough to be able to say for certain that everything is clipped properly into place. And in the gloom it is extremely unlikely that they can see the out-of-control trailer careering towards them down the hill!
So in some ways it could be thought of that the more light that is provided on site the better. However, there are also certain negative impacts of light, and even too much light can be dangerous, as whilst too little light can make it hard for a worker to see clearly, too much light can dazzle them and also make it difficult to see.
Environmental considerations are playing an increasingly significant part of health, safety and welfare considerations and legislation, and the impact of the lighting on the surrounding environment needs to be taken into account. Light pollution can not only have an adverse effect of local wildlife, particularly birds, but can also be a nuisance to local residence who find it difficult to get to sleep if their bedrooms are lit up all night. The lighting on a construction site is also likely to be powered by generators which work by burning fuel and giving off harmful emissions, which can damage and pollute the local environment.
At ATC Risk Management we provide a range of construction site health and safety courses and qualifications including the NEBOSH Construction, SMSTS and SSSTS Certificate. Our environmental division also provide qualifications such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and bespoke training courses on environmental issues like COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Implementing Environmental Management Systems.
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Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
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