Update of the literature review "Optimal lighting for shift work"

Project No. FF-FP 0445




The Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN) literature review "Validated OSH-related findings concerning the non-visual effect of light upon human beings" (2018) can now be extended and made more specific: there is to be an evaluation of the findings of the literature review "Optimal lighting for shift work" (2009) on the basis of publications on "Lighting during night work" from the past 10 years. There will be a summary of new knowledge on the basis of which recommendations for illumination can be further verified and implemented. The aim is to clarify DGUV Information 215-220 with support on implementation by companies and to provide occupational health and safety workers with concrete help for planning. The new findings also assist ASTA in expanding its recommendations on "Artificial, biologically effective illumination of workplaces".


Literature concerning lighting effects in the context of night and shift work will be evaluated in national and international journals, conference proceedings, research reports and databases. There will be a selection of relevant contributions and a summary of new findings. Where possible, specific recommendations on lighting requirements for night and shift work will be derived. There will be a description of any already implemented lighting solutions which are of practical value.

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Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • Technische Universität Ilmenau

-cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

work-related health hazards


workplace design, prevention, lighting

Description, key words:

literature review, shift work