Issues with lighting

(8 Posts)
Gatecrasher61 Fri 09-Nov-12 13:00:57

Had a new girl start a few months ago. Just us two sharing an office.

The office is "L" shaped and has three ceiling florescent lights, one of which is opposite my desk and we disconnected it as it was causing glare and making it difficult for me to see my PC.

New girl has decided that she wants the light on - even though it is not over her desk and consequently it is causing me issues with headaches.

Boss has told me to turn my desk around so that it faces the wall. Not a very nice outlook, plus it was like that originally and I was getting back ache twisting round to see people.

Can't really see anyway forward.

Any ideas?

flowery Fri 09-Nov-12 15:01:44

Have you tried one of those anti-glare screens? Or moving your monitor angle?

flowery Fri 09-Nov-12 15:04:22
BlackandGold Fri 09-Nov-12 16:30:44

Swap desks or move the desk within the space?

flowery Mon 12-Nov-12 10:00:37

You're very welcome, OP, happy to help. hmm

Leverette Mon 12-Nov-12 12:03:52

Your company is legally obliged to conduct a workstation health and safety assessment. Ask for this and describe the problems you are facing, it's not acceptable for your working arrangements to directly cause headaches and back pain.

Gatecrasher61 Mon 12-Nov-12 19:00:01

Thanks for the links. The problem is not glare on the screen, it is from my glasses. I have quite a high prescription and even with the anti-glare coating, there is still some issues with over head lights. I have to wear a wide brimmed hat in bright sunlight.

I might try moving my desk but it means that I will be facing a wall and not the room which is not exactly motivational.

Leverette - I would love a work station assessment - however even though I have been there three years, I still don't have a contract. The boss is not exactly compliant.

sanityseeker75 Tue 13-Nov-12 14:17:27

A contract can often be verbal and doesn't have to be written it is only the written particulars that have to be written and that has to be given within 12 weeks of starting

Work Station Risk Assessments are a legal obligation - if you had time off sick due to headaches and migraines etc then the company would be liable. You could always contact HSE and explain the situation to them - there has to be written H&S policy for any company with more than 5 employee's

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