Heat stress and dehydration can lead to weakness, fainting, dizziness and increased confusion. To stay safe, alert and productive on the jobsite, no matter the weather or working conditions, proper hydration is an absolute must. By the time you're thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
Rules to Remember:
- Anticipate conditions that will increase the need for water - including high temperature, humidity and heavy lifting
- Protective clothing, gear load and physical difficulty of task
- Drink before, during and after physical labour to replace fluids lost through sweating
- Drink often (about 1l per hour) and always keep water readily available
- Eat at normal intervals
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