Many areas of the country have been experiencing extreme heat, and sadly there are news about the lives lost due to heat stroke. While newscasters warn to stay out of the heat, many workers do not have that option. Keeping workers cool and well-hydrated are the best ways to protect them when working in hot environments.
Risk factors for heat illness
Workers should be made aware of the many risk factors that may affect their heat tolerance. Risk factors that may influence heat illness include high air temperatures and humidity, direct sun exposure, indoor radiant heat sources (ovens, hot manufacturing processes, etc.), limited air movement, physical exertion, not drinking enough fluids (dehydration) and many more. Workers should discuss their individual risk factors with their healthcare provider.
The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands. These glands are activated when a portion of the brain determines that the body needs to be cooled down. Sweat evaporates off our skin which allows for heat loss and cooling. However, when we sweat, we also lose water and electrolytes. Drinking enough water and having enough electrolytes is necessary for our bodies to function properly.
It is recommended that for moderate activity in moderate conditions, each worker should drink 1 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Workers should be reminded to drink water frequently before becoming thirsty in order to maintain good hydration.
Dehydration Can Affect Mood
Not drinking enough water isn’t just bad for health; it can affect behavior as well. Studies have shown that even slight levels of dehydration can have a negative impact on people’s mood. Obviously, people who are feeling irritable are less likely to get along with co-workers or get their work done, and probably won’t want to even be at work in the first place. When employees have access to plenty of water, it can drastically improve people’s moods and make work a more pleasant environment to be in.
Sparkling water over Plain Water
Sparkling water is often cited as one of those healthy drinks you're supposed to switch to when you quit sugary soda. It's sugar-free and calorie-free, and it hydrates. If you find chasing for 8 cups of plain water a day is hard to achieve, well you might want to swap your daily soda habit for sparkling water or just drink the bubbly stuff because plain H2O can just be too boring.
SodaXpress machine at your work place
SodaXpress machine will be a great companion at your office. Imagine a sip of ice cold sparkling water to relieve your stress. Show this to your boss, you will be employee of the month for sure!