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Adequate illumination is required in walkways, work areas, and access to provide a safe work environment. [29 CFR 1915.82(a)] Permanent, temporary, and emergency lighting must be provided as required. The components of the lighting must be safe for the location in which it is installed.


Illumination
Figure 1: Temporary lighting used during night ship repair operations
Figure 1: Temporary lighting used during night ship repair operations.

Figure 2: Temporary light bulbs protected with bulb globes and suspended out of the way
Figure 2: Temporary light bulbs protected with bulb globes and suspended out of the way.

Figure 3: Temporary lighting with heavy duty cord properly suspended by hanger on bulb fixture
Figure 3: Temporary lighting with heavy duty cord properly suspended by hanger on bulb fixture.

Figure 4: Marine Chemist entering dark space with portable light
Figure 4: Marine Chemist entering dark space with portable light.
Potential Hazards:

Inadequate or poor-quality lighting systems can create:
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Electric shocks and burns
  • Inability to exit the space
Requirements and Example Solutions:
  • Temporary lights must have guards or be recessed to prevent accidental contact with the bulb. [29 CFR 1915.82(b)(1)]
  • Temporary lights must: [29 CFR 1915.82(b)(2)]
    • Be equipped with heavy duty electric cords.
    • Not be suspended by their electric cords.
    • Have splices equal to the insulation of the cable.
Additional Resources:
  • A11.1-1973, Practice for Industrial Lighting. ANSI Standard.
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