Stay Hydrated during those hot days
Safety Tail Gate Topic: Not drinking enough water while temperatures and humidity are high along with strenuous physical activity can cause issues in your warehouse. When working vigorously, employees should drink at least 8oz. of water every hour and taking breaks in a cool place to help avoid heat exhaustion. Placing a water cooler in a strategic location for the staff will encourage them to keep drinking water and stay productive and it would be a good practice to use containers that can be closed to avoid spills on the dock floor.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, faintness, cool moist skin, dizziness, fatigue, weak rapid pulse, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. If you find a fellow employee exhibiting these symptoms move them immediately to a cooler location. Notify a supervisor or send another employee to alert management, since you don’t want to leave the ill person alone. Give them cool water or a sports drink if available. Does your company have an emergency response team or procedures to cover someone in stress? This would be a great topic to cover in your teams next safety meeting as well.