Tips For Spotting Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion In The Workplace

Tips For Spotting Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion In The Workplace

As experienced heating engineers in Leicestershire we here at Heritage Heating and Cooling know how important air conditioning in the workplace can be in the coming summer months. Over heating is distracting, makes your workers drowsy and can lead to unnecessary health problems for your employees.

It is important to educate your staff on the dangers of dehydration and heat exhaustion in the work place before this coming summer. Education, prevention and a quality air conditioning unit are the perfect solutions for ensuring a happy and bright workplace, instead of a stint in a commercial office that feels like the Sahara Desert.

The Signs of Dehydration

desert with wet place on it

The earliest and most obvious signs of dehydration are thirst and urine that is darker in colour. However, there a number of other key things to watch out for:

  1. Dizziness or light-headedness.
  2. Tiredness.
  3. Dry mouth, lips and eyes.
  4. Infrequently passing small amounts of liquid – less than 3 to 4 times a day.
  5. Loss of strength.

What to Do

Attractive secretary with headache in her office holding water and touching her head

The solution to dehydration is simple: drink plenty of liquids. Water, juice or a sports drink need to be consumed to replace lost fluids. Over the following 2 to 4 hours approximately a further two litres should be consumed in order to replace the fluids fully. A staple of ten glasses of water should be drunk each day: the best way to prevent future dehydration in warm environments is to maintain liquid levels and ensure that your workers always have a source of water available in the work environment in aid of this goal.

If symptoms continue even after consuming liquids then it is important that your employee seeks medical help from their doctor.

The Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Sweating man

While dehydration is the major cause of heat exhaustion, there are a number of other key things to look for:

  1. Dizziness or confusion.
  2. Loss of appetite and queasiness.
  3. Fast pulse and shallow breathing.
  4. Sweating or clammy skin.
  5. Cramps in extremities such as arms, legs and stomach.

What to Do

Man Placing Woman In Recovery Position After Accident

Someone suffering from heat exhaustion needs to be taken to a cool place and allowed to lie down. Again, lots of water should be given to anyone suffering and if possible a sports drink to help rejuvenate the salt and fluid lost by sweating. Constant checking of pulse, breathing and response levels is vital.

If recovery is quick it is still advisable that anyone suffering heat exhaustion sees a doctor, if they seem to simply get worse it is advisable to put them in the recovery position and call for an ambulance immediately.

All of our air conditioning units can offer you and your workplace the cooling solutions that you need in the coming summer months to ensure that your business keeps running smoothly. If you want to talk about the air conditions solutions for your specific business, contact us on 01509 814 123. Or you can also keep up to date with our news and products on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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