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Case 326 - All office lights must have a working bulb

Issue

Enquirer has been informed that for health and safety reasons all of the lights in their open plan office must have working bulbs in them. Due to a pre-existing eye condition the enquirer has switched off a strip light above their work station for the last three years but this will not now be allowed.

Panel decision

The panel has identified numerous reasons why the facilities management team in this workplace may want to have all lights on but none of them have anything to do with real health and safety risks. The complainant has valid (medical) reasons for asking for the strip light to be removed from above her workstation and simple common sense suggests that her request should be accommodated, rather than falling back on "health and safety" as an excuse.

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2014-10-10