Warehouses can be especially tricky to keep well-lit, especially in aisles, where tall, packed shelving units may block overhead lights. Regardless of the difficulty, employers must make sure forklift operators can see what they’re driving into — visibility is a crucial prerequisite for the safe use of lift trucks.
Exact lighting measurements enable warehouse managers to meet OSHA and other industrial regulations, and help to create a safer workplace. If you check the OSHA standards that govern illumination requirements, though, you may encounter an unfamiliar term: foot-candles. It may sound unscientific, but the science behind the term gets fairly involved.