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Safety Focus

22/07/2014

 

Even though it's winter and temperature is low, it is important to remember that you can still become dehydrated, especially if you sweat on the job. Dehydration can have serious effects on the body and needs to be prevented and dealt with as soon as symptoms are recognised. 

50% - 75% of your body is made up of water, and staying thoroughly hydrated is important to making sure you are able to function properly.  When you are dehydrated, your body is less able to regulate your body temperature, and to process nutrients effectively.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

-              Being thirsty and having a dry mouth

-              Headaches

-              Decreased blood pressure

-              Dizziness and/or fainting

-              Unexplained tiredness

-              Decreased urine volume and/or abnormally dark colour

 

To prevent dehydration, remember:

-              Drink plenty of water. Try to drink water every 15-20 minutes.

-              Monitor fluid loss and urine colour

-              Consider drinking beverages with added electrolytes

-              Wear your PPE for protection against the sun

-              Avoid drinks that are high in sugar and/or caffeine as these may act to dehydrate you further

 

As always, if you feel the symptoms of nausea or dizziness, report this immediately and make sure that you seek appropriate medical attention.