SAFETY: DEHYDRATION AND HEAT
As a commitment to Safety and our employees’ health, each month Safety Champions and Supervisors from all departments including EDCS, Grounds, Custodial and Maintenance meet to discuss current safety topics and recent accidents. One main topic during this month’s Safety Committee Members meeting was regarding working in the heat and staying hydrated. Mike Teal, Regional Operations Director of TAMU Grounds, spoke regarding the importance of drinking water while working outdoors. He stated Grounds crews are asks to stop work at the top of each hour to hydrate while working outdoors during the extreme heat. Research indicates an adequate daily fluid intake is approximately 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men, and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. An individual’s water needs depend on many factors, including their health, the activities being performed, the ambient temperature and humidity.