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Safety information profile: safety by effective illumination and color.
Burton DJ; Broadwater KJ
NIOSH 1979 Apr; :1-52
A safety information profile is presented for the uses of industrial lighting and color. Different types of lighting and the uses of color for psychological benefits and hazard identification are described. Health and safety hazards are discussed in terms of inappropriate quantity and quality of light. Current controls for the proper use of light and color are reviewed, and statistics are given for accidents associated with insufficient lighting. Industry trends are discussed. Related and proposed federal standards are considered, and a list of names and addresses of associations and other interested parties is provided. It is concluded that the contribution of visibility factors to accidents is underrated, and that the primary considerations for industrial lighting are proper quality and quantity. Recommendations cite the need for routine inspection of lighting systems, federal adoption of a vision conservation program, and further study to determine optimum lighting conditions.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0130; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Accident-statistics; Industrial-operations; Industrial-processes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hazards; Lighting; Lighting-systems
Final Contract Report
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia
Page last reviewed: December 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division