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Industrial Lighting Articles

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Illumination Evolution

Mining, coal mining in particular, started thousands of years ago. The easy method used was to find the outcrop (where the coal surfaced) and follow it, removing the coal as you mined. This developed into bell pits so named because of their shape. Miners would mine straight down until they reached the coal seam. They would then open up the void to remove the coal, thus creating the bell pit.

Safety Lighting

Lighting at work is very important to the health and safety of everyone using the workplace. The quicker and easier it is to see a hazard, the more easily it is avoided. The types of hazard present at work, therefore, determine the lighting requirements for safe operation.

Shining in the Best Light

In this article we’ll consider some of the more traditional perspectives on potential risks and risk control with regard to workplace lighting, before exploring a fascinating and ground breaking scientific study that reveals why your employees really do want to be seen in the best possible light.

Illuminating Safety

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Illuminating Roadworks

Visible Progress

Light, Health and Alertness

Medical and biological research of the last 25 years has shown that lighting has, apart from a visual effect, also a non-visual biological effect on the human body. With the detection in 2002 of a novel photoreceptor cell in the eye, the biological effects that light has on human beings can be better understood. A large number of research projects that compare the effects on health and alertness as a result of people working under different lighting conditions have been carried out. We demonstrate that it can be beneficial, both from a wellbeing and productivity point of view, to have dynamic lighting in the work situation, in which both the level and the colour of the lighting vary in the course of the day.

Balancing On A Banana Skin

Statistics show that slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of injuries globally in the workplace. And that they relate to more than a third of all major injuries reported makes you wonder why, when so much is written about it, do we have to ask ourselves: “What have we really done to eliminate it?” We must all look a little deeper into what is often a more deeply rooted - and never really reported or tackled - issue.

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Lighting the Way

Five years ago the lighting industry was revolutionised by the launch of the world’s first LED battery-powered portable floodlight. It massively reduced noise, fumes and tripping hazards on construction sites.

Offshore Rig Helideck Lighting - Advances in Lighting at the Forefront of Aviation Safety

While nobody would argue that aviation safety includes PPE, a worker’s primary means of transportation to and from work, or the means of bringing him the tools of his trade, or his food, is something he can reasonably expect to be run and maintained to the highest possible safety standards.

Task Lighting in Hazardous Areas

With so many different types of light source available to us today, we tend to forget that for many years people who worked in coal mines had to use candles, using a naked flame with the potential for ignition and explosion if there was a leak of methane. At that time, one of the most important jobs in the mine was that of “fireman”. His purpose in life was not to put out fires, as we might think today, but to actually ignite small fires so that any methane which collected in the roof of the mine was burnt off before it had a chance to ignite. He passed through the mine workings with a lighted taper on the end of a long pole, deliberately inserting the flame into any pockets in the roof where the methane (at about half the density of air) would collect. Rumour has it that he was either the best paid man in the mine or, using a modern phrase, a “prisoner on day release”.

Portable Safety Lighting

Portable safety lighting for use in explosive atmospheres has undergone many changes in recent years. Design standards have been subject to regular review and update, the ATEX Directives have been introduced; combined, these have brought about more onerous design and manufacturing requirements and greater standards of safety. Technology is moving at a pace, the development of battery, electronic control and LED technology offering real benefits to users.

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How Safe is Your Safety Light

Is your torch correctly certified? Before going into a hazardous area, you need to ask yourself that question. Your life could depend on it. This may seem dramatic but the truth is that a torch could be a very harmful tool if it is not used correctly or used in the wrong place. By that, we mean that the worker needs to be very aware of the type of area in which he or she is planning to work and of the type of torch that can (and cannot) be used there.

Diffusion of Light

One of the most sensitive and complex measurements on protective eyewear is that of the diffusion of light through the lens. Diffusion must be tested for all eyewear certified to EN 166:2001. It occurs when light passing through a transparent ocular (lens) is scattered and spreads in all directions.

Let There Be Light

During the last decade, portable lamps have faced some radical changes when it comes to the requirements set for their features - mainly because of the many directives of the European Union and also because of new innovations. The most radical one has been the ATEX Directive, this directive refers to any equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

ATEX Portable Lighting

Changes in legislation and technology related to portable lighting for confined spaces and 'EX' hazardous areas. Confined spaces and 'EX' hazardous areas are locations where explosion hazards, caused by potentially explosive gas, vapour, mist or dust atmospheres, can be commonly found. Such atmospheres are present in many industries and sectors, including the petrochemical, marine, offshore and aviation industries, in the utilities and in fire-fighting activities; and are most likely to occur in areas where flammable materials are stored or used in manufacturing, and in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, such as process vessels, storage tanks, culverts, sewers, tunnels and shafts.

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Enlighten Your Work Life

Before Edison’s electric light bulb was invented, if you wanted to illuminate the darkness you had to carry a naked flame with you. Can you see 'Fire Hazard' written all over that? Fortunately, in 1890 Hubert Conrad invented the battery powered Torch and over the years it has evolved to match the requirements of individual groups of users.

Lighting Matters

Lighting falls into two main types: Hand held for manual, close work and scene lighting for larger areas. Our annual lighting feature has been divided into these two areas and explains what you need for different applications and considerations when purchasing this sort of equipment.

Portable Lighting

Considerations When Buying a Professional Torch - Health and safety professionals are highly specialised. Likewise, the products they use are distinctive and should be purchased according to function.

 

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