Dehydration, Job Safety & Job Wellness

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How Dehydration Affects Your Job Safety & Job Wellness

There are many factors that can attribute to dehydration; heat, exercise and the water we lose every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat. Dehydration occurs when more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we are taking in through drinking or eating, then our bodies become out of balance.

Here are a few signs and symptoms of dehydration that can range from minor to severe that will have an effect on your overall job safety and job wellness.

Muscle Fatigue (is a risk factor for strain & sprain)

Headaches

Dizziness

Lethargy – Difficulty with Tasks

Cognitive Performance

Confusion

Generally by the time we feel thirsty or have other symptoms we are already dehydrated. Staying hydrated is simple, we just need to make it a priority. Here are a few tips to staying hydrated while at work.

Eat plenty of fruit which has a natural high water content

Add vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce and broccoli to your snacks

Not fond of water, sip on ice tea, or teas made of fruit

Drink sparkling water instead of soda

Though caffeinated drinks don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration according to new studies at the Mayo Clinic, caffeinated drinks can cause headaches in some people which effects clarity of mind and cause you to feel stressed and fatigued, and this will affect overall job safety and job wellness.

Water is probably your best bet to stay hydrated. It is calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive and readily available.

Staying Hydrated: A Simple Way to Aid in Job Safety & Job Wellness

Workplace Ergonomics: Is it Worth the Investment?

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Is investing in Ergonomic Solutions worth the cost? Absolutely!

Ergonomic education and training is good for you, your business and your employees. Musculoskeletal Disorder injuries produce 33% of Lost Time Claims in the US according to the Applied Ergonomics Conference, Dallas TX.

Poor ergonomics in the workplace can cause the employee to feel fatigued, stressed, have increased headaches, eye strain, back or neck pain, and be at risk for work related injuries.

Business owners and managers need to consider several facts when making the decision to invest in ergonomic training and solutions.

1) Ergonomics will reduce cost by cutting down on work place injuries, employee time loss and increased insurance rates.

2) Ergonomics will improve employee’s productivity, moral, efficiency and job quality. While decreasing job turnover, and absenteeism.

3) Ergonomic training communicates to your employees your commitment to their safety, health and wellbeing.

4) Ergonomic Solutions will increase revenues, decrease costs and is an investment in your company’s present and future.

Because applied Ergonomics is working smarter not harder, by designing the task to the worker and not forcing the worker to fit the task, you can expect great results by investing in, and implementing Ergonomic Solutions.

According to the same Applied Ergonomics Conference mentioned above, studies showed that the Success of Implementing Ergonomics will:

1) Decrease injury rate 61%

2) Decrease Severity (cost) 30%

Workplace Ergonomics: Is it Worth the Investment? Absolutely!