Working in the Dark: How to Improve Employee Vision
Did you know that 25% of the American workforce labors outside of normal working hours? Many of those employees are working in the dark. If your business includes some night shift workers, it’s in your best interest to figure out how you can improve their vision while working in the dark.
Low-light conditions present many challenges. You may have workers operating heavy machinery, lifting or moving large objects, or working with vehicles, all while not being able to see at 100%. In order to protect your employees’ safety, you have to first make it easier for them to see.
Here are a few tips we’ve pulled together to make working in the dark a little safer for your employees.
1. Invest in enhanced-visibility apparel
If your workers are trying to do their job with limited visibility, then hi-vis apparel is a must, especially if a dangerous work environment is involved. ANSI requirements state that “employees exposed to public vehicular traffic must be provided with, and must wear, warning vests or other suitable garments marked with or made of reflectorized or high-visibility material.”
But even if you’re not required to provide high-visibility or enhanced-visibility apparel, anything that makes it easier for your workers to see each other and coordinate better is going to improve your staff productivity as well as the safety of your work environment.
2. Set up as many lights as possible
An obvious solution to limited visibility concerns is to simply provide more light. Scattering lights in strategic areas around your work site will make everything much easier for your employees. If you look in the right places, you can get standing, hanging or portable electric lights for a reasonable price.
3. Give your employees time to adjust
When moving from light into darkness, it can take some time for the eye to adjust and distinguish between objects in low light. This phenomenon is called dark adaptation, and at the end of adjustment, the eye is actually 100,000 times more sensitive than before, making it a lot easier to see in the dark.
So, it’s good to allow your employees’ eyes to adapt to a dark environment before they start working. You should allow between 20 and 30 minutes for your workers’ vision to fully adjust to new lighting conditions.
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If you’re interested in improving safety conditions for your employees who are working in the dark, give us a call today! We provide enhanced-visibility apparel in grey/orange or navy/yellow, featuring superior color retention, soil release and wickability to keep your workers looking and feeling good. Long-sleeved and short-sleeved styles are both available!
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