July is normally the hottest month of the year in the UK and the temperature is set to increase this week. Busy employees can sometimes become so engrossed in their work that they don’t often realise the importance of keeping hydrated.
Under heat stress conditions dehydration can seriously affect an employee’s ability to function safely.
The Natural Hydration Council states that being properly hydrated enables better mental performance and cognition. It also helps to combat tiredness and fatigue which is very important if you are working in busy industrial environments, operate plant and equipment, or work close to heavy machinery. Accidents can cost lives!
The effects of dehydration can be reduced by frequently drinking cool water, rather than tea, coffee or carbonised drinks.
For those who work hard in hot conditions and wear PPE, the HSE recommends drinking 500ml of water an hour before work commences and a further 500ml of water during each rest period.
For further information about dehydration and heat stress visit: www.hse.gov.uk