OSHA Lighting Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplace safety. Jobsite lighting falls under these regulations and has specific safety standards that must be upheld to maintain a safe work site.
Construction sites need to be well lit so workers can see what they are doing thereby decreasing the likelihood of workplace injuries. Workers can get hurt and businesses can be sued if the proper lighting isn’t set up for your jobsite.
Foot Candles and Lumens
*Note: a foot candle is a unit of illuminance or illumination, equivalent to the illumination produced by a source of one candle at a distance of one foot and equal to one lumen incident per square foot
OSHA uses foot-candles to describe their lighting requirements. However, most use Lumens as a way to measure light intensity. To convert Foot Candles to Lumens, multiply the required number of foot candles by the area that needs illumination (in sqft) to get the number of lumens you need.
For example, if you need 5-foot candles as a requirement to light your 300 square foot construction site, then you need at least 1,500 Lumens to light the area.
**EHSInsight provides an easy guide to OSHA’s lighting requirements for various types of jobsites:
***You can search specific regulations on the OSHA’s website
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Ensure You are Complying with OSHA Lighting Regulations
When you consider your lighting options, you need to keep OSHA lighting safety standards in mind.
Types of Construction Lighting You Can Use
What is Lighting Color or Color Temperature?
Work lighting ranges from warm (orange tinted) to cold (blue tinted). See the chart below to see a visual representation of this range.
Color Temperature describes the tint or warmth of color from the lighting.
Kelvin and Lighting Color
Kelvin is the measurement used when describing color temperature. The higher the Kelvin (K) the cooler the color, the lower the K the warmer the color.
Jobsite lighting can range from warm (typical of halogen lighting 3,200K) to cool (typical of LED lighting 4,000K and up) temperatures.
Lighting Solutions For Your Jobsite
If you want to cut costs while safely lighting up your space, you should look to a company experienced with LED solutions. SiteLites specializes in lighting solutions with our family of LED work lights designed around customer safety.
SiteLites's expertise with power management solutions is a critical aspect of ensuring your LED performance. LED’s, while operating at low heat, are sensitive to exposure. SiteLites has implemented solutions such as cast-aluminum heat sinks and adaptive power prioritization that will keep your bulbs running.