Kevin Lindley, Safety Consultant, FRSA Self Insurers Fund
With temperatures rising and the humidity that comes with most days, it’s important that your employees stay well hydrated before, during and after work hours. OSHA regulations, section 29 CFR 1926.51(a) states “An adequate supply of potable water shall be provided in all places of employment.”
While OSHA requires employers to provide their employees with water, many contractors also provide electrolyte enhancement powders or drinks for their workers in the field during the summer months. While this is an additional expense to the employer, it may have several benefits to the individual that could equate to benefits for the employer as well.
Electrolytes are minerals that produce ions when dissolved in a solution. There are seven primary minerals that are commonly referred to as electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, chloride and bicarbonate. These minerals produce either a positive or negative electrical charge in the body and they work in cells to expel waste and produce energy. Read more.