GENERAL HYDRATION INFO

Workers in the heat are vulnerable to heat illness. Proper acclimation to the environment you are working in and proper hydration, greatly increase the safety factor. If dehydration progresses unchecked, the risk of heat illness increases. Heat illness is best understood in three separate degrees of severity: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most serious and deadly form, heat stroke. That’s why it’s important to recognize the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness:

Noticeable Thirst
Weakness
Nausea
Lightheaded or Dizziness
Muscle Cramps
Decreased Performance
Headache
Difficulty Paying Attention

The symptoms outlined above do not necessarily occur in any order, so workers could experience heat stroke in absence of other indicators. Treating the symptoms of dehydration is crucial in preventing more serious conditions such as heat exhaustion.

  1. Rest in a cool place.
  2. Consume a sports drink that contains the adequate amount of electrolytes.
  3. Prevent dehydration in the future by consuming fluids before, during and after work (educate and allow ample time to rehydrate.)

SAFETY MEETINGS

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life provides safety meetings for our corporate partners and for a fee to other companies.

Online safety presentation (link coming soon)

Please contact info@kendrickfincher.org to discuss.

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