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 the BCF Group we offer a range of construction site health and safety courses and qualifications including the NEBOSH Construction, SMSTS and SSSTS Certificate. Our environmental division also offers qualifications such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and provides bespoke training courses on environmental issues like COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Implementing Environmental Management Systems.