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Workplaces must have suitable and sufficient lighting to enable people to work, use facilities and move about safely. Good lighting, whether natural or artificial, plays an important part in promoting health and safety in the workplace. It helps people see and avoid hazards and it can reduce the likelihood of eyestrain, headaches and migraines. Poor lighting has also been linked to sick-building syndrome, which causes symptoms of poor concentration, fatigue and respiratory illness.
The provision of emergency lighting is not essential in the majority of workplaces because employees are not exposed to significant danger if normal lighting fails. Emergency lighting should, however, be provided in any workroom where the sudden loss of light would present a serious risk, for example, if a potentially hazardous process need to be made safe, and this cannot be done safely without lighting.
Emergency lighting should:
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