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Are your stacking and storage areas well-lit? If not, you're in trouble!

by , 30 October 2013
Your stacking and storage practices must comply with safety regulations. One of the requirements is that your stacking and storage must be well-lit. The following illumination is required per area and activity.

If you regularly stack and store items, you must ensure there's sufficient light where your employees work.

But how much light is enough?

Stacking and storage: The following illumination is required per area and activity:

  • Small materials, racks, packing and dispatch: 150Lux (SI unit of illuminance);
  • Issue counters: 200 Lux;
  • Loading bays and large materials: 75 Lux;
  • Inactive storage: 20 Lux;
  • Wrapping, packing, labelling and dispatch of materials: 150 Lux; and
  • Sorting stock, classifying and loading materials: 100Lux.

In addition to ensuring your stacking and storage has sufficient light, the Health & Safety Club recommends you also ensure your stacking and storage practices are in line with these three health and safety regulations.

Remember, 'if your stacking and storage isn't properly controlled you risk fire, explosions, pollution, damage to stock and injury to your employees,' warns the Advisor.

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