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Access to water in the workplace, first of all, is an employee right, set out in the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992, where is states that
“1) There should be an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water;
2) It should be: a) readily accessible and b) conspicuous to members of staff;
3) There should be an adequate numbers of cups or drinking vessels (except for water fountains).”
Everyone knows that it’s important to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. The benefits of staying hydrated include improved health, concentration and general well-being. In the workplace, this can translate into reduced sickness absence, increased worker mental and physical performance. Conversely, just drinking caffeinated drinks and no water can actually dehydrate workers and lower employee performance.
How to tell if you’re dehydrated- symptoms include:
- Headaches & migraines
- Feeling light-headed
- Concentration difficulties
- Shorter attention span
- Information retention worsens.
These can all negatively effect employee performance, resulting in lower work standards and possibly an increased number of errors.
So now you know the importance of water, what do you do now?
If you don’t already, then actively encourage workers to drink more water- if not to replace caffeinated drinks, then at least to drink water alongside them. Then you need to supply easily accessible and clean water. The main method of doing this is by providing a water cooler prominently in the workplace. Water coolers provide a constant supply of fresh, cooled drinking water.
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Posted: 15 September 2010