The Essential Hydration Safety Cheat Sheet

The Essential Hydration Safety Cheat Sheet

Yes, hydration safety solutions are PPE too!

Understanding how worker performance and efficiency is affected by environmental conditions is critical to reducing dehydration-related illnesses and accidents. You may not know this, but dehydration is a threat in every season. Hydration safety is real!

Every second you're on the job, you're losing the important fluids and nutrients that keep your body operating at full capacity. Hydration is your body's ability to manage this loss and return to its prime working condition. But this is what you really need to remember. When you're hydrated, the fluid level in your body is exactly where it should be, in balance. When you're dehydrated, your fluid level is off, out of balance. Hydrating in hot and cold conditions is critical to maintaining balance for performing well at work.

So how does your body get in balance? With a lot of help from your brain. The process is called homeostasis. Here's how it works. Your body has a special receptor that detects any changes that happen inside of you. When you lose fluids, this receptor notifies the hypothalamus in your brain, which regulates your body's temperature. Your hypothalamus takes it from there to carry out homeostasis and put your body back in balance. It does this by increasing the blood flow to your skin surface, triggering sweating and thirst. When you're thirsty, you know you need to hydrate. But drinking water alone won't do the job. Water doesn't contain the electrolytes your body needs to keep it in balance. That's why you need a hydration solution that contains the correct balance of sodium, potassium, and other key electrolytes. These are the minerals your body needs to keep it working well and in tip-top shape.

Let this hydration safety cheat sheet be your essential 'Go To' guide for everything hydration safety.


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