June 1, 2020
Imagine if there were a magic elixir that could keep your warehouse personnel safer and cooler – while also improving their productivity, general mood and mental acuity.
Now imagine this: There is, and you can quite literally tap into its benefits any time.
We’re talking, of course, about water. More specifically we’re talking about how important it is to encourage your DC employees to drink it more frequently during these hotter summer months.
Although dehydration can occur anywhere, it’s more likely to occur in warm workplaces where the employees are constantly on the move (which describes many summertime warehouses to a “t”). And when it does, it can cause myriad problems, including muscle cramps, nausea, increased fatigue and headaches – or worse.
Plus, dehydration isn’t just a risk for the employee who’s suffering from it. For example, did you know that a dehydration level of just 3% can slow someone’s reaction time by the same amount as a blood alcohol level of .08? It can also impair productivity levels. That’s not something you want to risk when people are driving forklifts, operating conveyors or working around them.
But happily, dehydration is both curable and preventable – especially if you follow guidelines like the following:
In addition, teach your employees how to monitor their bodies for signs of dehydration, including monitoring the color of their urine and comparing it to a hydration color chart. (Granted, this may require you to indulge in a bit of potty talk. But it’s for a good cause.)
For more ideas, take a look at the June 2020 Verst warehouse safety training calendar.
It’s got a lot of back-to-basics tips about how to help your employees keep their cool on the job during these hot and sticky summer months. Happy reading – and happy hydrating.
Download: June 2020 warehouse safety quiz
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