It can also make your workplace safer by making potential hazards more visible and improving employee alertness. In this post, we’ll share five ways natural light could make your workplace safer, healthier and more effective.
Daylighting makes obstacles and hazards visible
Visibility is one of the most important elements of maintaining a safe workplace. A well lit, highly visible workplace means that obstacles and hazards are easy for any individual to see and equally easy to avoid.
In a manufacturing setting, this can result in a significant improvement in safety and a reduction in injuries. Even in an office setting, being able to clearly see obstacles is an important aspect of preventing slips, falls and common injuries.
The more visible obstacles and hazards are to your company’s employees, the safer your workplace becomes. Carefully placed skylights can keep your workplace well lit and improve its overall safety for employees.
Natural light increases alertness, reducing risks
Did you know that you’re more alert in naturally lit environments than under cold, artificial lighting? Natural light increases alertness, making people more capable of working at their best and preventing accidents and injuries.
Many workplace injuries occur due to a lack of alertness. Tired, fatigued individuals are far more likely to injure themselves while at work, often due to simple mistakes that can easily be avoided with the right level of energy and alertness.
By installing daylighting in your workplace, you can increase the average level of alertness for employees. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries occurring, creating a significantly safer work environment.
Sunlight increases employee focus and productivity
Natural light is closely linked with productivity. In fact, a range of scientific studies show that people are far more likely to be productive in naturally lit environments than in environments lit by fluorescent lighting.
This productivity can result in improved workplace performance and more accurate work. In high-precision, high-risk environments, this extra productivity can reduce the risk of accidents occurring.
This is particularly important in manufacturing environments, where a tiny mistake could potentially have large consequences. Improved productivity often means less of a risk of accidents and issues occurring in the workplace.
Many skylights are designed for optimal fire safety
During normal work conditions, skylights are designed to provide helpful light that assists your business and creates a productive work environment. In a fire, skylights can perform an important safety role.
Smoke vent skylights are designed to open in the event of a fire, allowing hot smoke to vent out of your building. This makes it far easier for occupants to reach safety as well as assisting firefighters in finding the source of the blaze.
This is an important aspect of fire safety that many people don’t consider. The right skylights can keep your building lit and productive during work conditions and far safer in the event of a major fire breaking out.
Daylighting can reduce electrical fire risks
As well as making your building safer in the event of a fire, switching from electrical lighting to daylighting can reduce your fire risk. Since natural light doesn’t require a source of electricity, it reduces the risk of an electrical fire starting.
Minimizing the amount of electrical equipment in your building is one of the easiest ways to reduce its fire risk. Although the safety improvement is small, it’s a far lower risk nonetheless.
From improving alertness and preventing accidents to providing smoke venting in the event of a fire, daylighting has numerous safety benefits. How else could your workplace benefit from switching to natural, energy efficient daylighting?