Video Q&A - Hydration for my workforce. Does one size fit all?
From an organizational standpoint, what do we need to do in order to begin ensuring we've got a proper hydration solution for OUR facility? My workforce has many 40+ people, people with diabetes, and people with hypertension. Where should we start?
Jamie: So, from a corporate standpoint, and maybe a little about, a bit about what you can do or Sqwincher can do, how does a corporation know what they need? So, you know, it's easy to think you just go out and buy some Sqwincher and put it in the break room. It's another question I have for you. But does one size fit all? Can I just go and buy a bunch of Sqwincher and throw them in my break room, and I'm ready to go, and I'm covered? Is that…?
Bubba: You know, typically, the answer to that question is no, because each department in the facility could have different circumstances. We mentioned heavy equipment. You know, one department may have a furnace that's putting off a lot of heat year round, and so those conditions are different from maybe a department that does not have that situation. And there's all kinds of protocols that may have to go into place because of the excess heat. But it changes, it fluctuates, and so not one size does not fit all. And then you bring in, again, an average 40-year-old industrial worker has much more complications regarding medical precondition issues like diabetes and hypertension than an 18 to 26-year-old athlete would have.
Again, PPE versus sports drink. The health concerns after we reach that 40, you know, that threshold of about 40 years old, things start changing. I didn't wear glasses before I was 40 years old. I had hair before I was 40 years old. So, you know, the body changes, and for that reason, no, one size does not fit all, and we can come in and do again. Like we said before, we’ll assess the situation. We're never going to make a recommendation without looking at the overall population of the plant and the different situations that those individuals are placed in. And then we're going to tailor make a program that will maximize the protection of each department to where they won't have an accident or an injury related to heat stress, cold stress, in terms of dehydration.
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