When working outdoors in extreme heat, it is very important that you prepare yourself for the conditions in order to prevent dehydration. You also need to be properly prepared to keep tabs on your fellow co-workers in the event they begin to suffer from heat exhaustion or dehydration while at work.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than you are taking in. If you are working in hot temperatures or performing strenuous job activities, you need to be replenishing the fluids in the body you are losing through sweating. If you don’t you could end up in the hospital hooked up to IV fluids. Severe dehydration could result in death if left untreated.
You should always have access to fresh, cool water and be sure to drink it often. Rest will also be helpful in reducing your body temperatures and fluid loss. Your employer should be providing the essentials to help you avoid dehydration but you should also prepare to bring your own drinking water to be safe. Sports drinks fortified with electrolytes can also help replenish the body and prevent dehydration.
High-risk jobs like construction work require workers be prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Employers should provide appropriate break schedules where workers can relax in the shade and replenish their fluids. Those feeling ill from the heat or experiencing the symptoms of dehydration should continue to drink fluids and seek medical attention for a full evaluation.
Training to handle others who are stricken with dehydration will be beneficial also as co-workers are usually the first to respond to a medical crisis on the job. Learn how to identify the symptoms in yourself and fellow workers on the job to prevent tragedies.
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