Whether you’re on-the-job or mowing the lawn, you should be staying hydrated while working outside in the summer heat.
Water comprises about 60 percent of our body by weight and is required to carry out crucial life functions like breathing, digestion and sustaining proper body temperature. When the body becomes even mildly dehydrated, it can cause headaches, muscle pains and other physical complications. Acute dehydration can trigger heat stroke and even death.
Our bodies use water in numerous ways, and it must be constantly be replaced. It has been determined that the average person must drink two quarts to two gallons each day, based on their level of activity and temperature exposure.
While the body has warning signs for dehydration, people often don’t acknowledge these signs until it is too late. For instance, many people wait until they are thirsty before getting rehydrated, but the sensation of thirst doesn’t set in until the body is about 2 percent water deficient. Also, we think of sweating as a cooling mechanism, but this is also a sign for the need to drink. Even in cool, dry temperatures you should not to wait until you are thirsty to rehydrate.
Avoiding dehydration in the summer is not particularly challenging. Simply have safe drinking water available and drink often to remain hydrated. On very hot and humid days, you may have to ensure extra water is readily available or bottled water is replenished as needed.
Safe Drinking Water for Employees is Required by Law
According to a major OSHA guideline, all employers must provide a sufficient supply of sanitary drinking water, including on outdoor job sites. For instance, construction employers must supply drinking water through a faucet from a safe plumbing system or sealed containers. Drinking water must be clearly marked for employees.
If the drinking water is supplied through a faucet, the employers should provide single-use disposable cups from a sanitary container. A trash bin should also be available for used cups. The sharing of a communal drinking cup, dipping cups into a shared container and drinking straight from the faucet are all forbidden, due to the potential spread of communicable disease.
A drinking water isn’t available from a faucet, employers can supply water in a large secure, corrosion-resistant water cooler and dispenser, which has been filled from a safe source. Able to dispense water as needed, a shared water cooler has to be kept closed tightly and employees should not be allowed to dip cups into it for water or ice.
Employers often ignore the significance of making sure the container is flushed and sanitized daily. The cooler and faucet can be sanitized with a mild disinfectant solution: 2 teaspoons of bleach for every gallon of water. After sanitizing, the container must be rinsed with clean water.
Nationwide Temporaries Ensure Our Workers Stay Safe on the Job
At Nationwide Temporaries, we work with our contract workers and our clients to support the safety of everyone. Please contact us today to find out how we can safely support your career this summer.