Warehouse & Forklift Safety: Lighting Requirements

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forklift safety trainingA warehouse with forklifts in operation poses enough safety risks without the added risk of it being too dark to see well enough. If it’s too dark to notice the equipment moving around or toward you, then you could be in serious danger.

Let’s take a quick look at warehouse lighting needs:

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides its lighting standards in lumens, which are the International System of Units measurement for the total quantity of visible light that a source emits. According to OSHA, a warehouse space that utilizes heavy equipment must provide at least two lumens per square foot.

An average living room typically uses 20 lumens per square foot, while a grocery store typically uses about 70 lumens per square foot. Think about the size of your warehouse and the safe operation of forklifts in that space when determining how to light your facility. Remember, obstructed visibility is one of the main reason for forklift accidents. A well-lit warehouse can help protect against operator error.

Sufficient indoor lighting is important for smooth workplace operation, but let’s not forget about those forklifts that operate outdoors. If a forklift operator is working without the aid of sunlight, additional lighting in the outdoor workspace or on the forklift itself is critical.

For more information on lighting standards in your warehouse, contact your local Toyota Forklift Dealer.

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