Workers in Dubai asked to begin the day with two glasses of water

Workers in Dubai asked to begin the day with two glasses of water

Consuming 18 glasses of water and three glasses of electrolyte at regular intervals within 12 hours has been suggested for workers in Dubai to maintain hydration at work during the summer.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 2:10 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Dubai – Labourers should start and end their work with two glasses of water even if they are not feeling thirsty, as per the Dubai Municipality’s awareness drive on Safe and Healthy Summer.

Consuming 18 glasses of water and three glasses of electrolyte at regular intervals within 12 hours has been suggested for workers in Dubai to maintain hydration at work during the summer.

 “Maintain Hydration…Minimise Exhaustion,” is the slogan of the campaign that highlights the dangers of heat exhaustion among workers.

High temperature combined with humidity leads to excessive sweating in an attempt to cool the body. This can lead to excessive loss of body water and important electrolytes. This rapid dehydration causes various heat related illnesses and can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke if uncontrolled.

Workers generally do not realise the level of dehydration and tend to ignore the symptoms, said Raed Al Marzouqi, head of Occupational Health and Safety Section at the Municipality’s Public Health and Safety Department.

The municipality has come up with a pamphlet to educate the workers to identify the symptoms and to prevent heat stress.

“This is a pocket-sized card which companies can print and issue to the workers. They can refer to this card whenever they have any doubts and take appropriate action,” he said.

The card is printed in English, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu.

“It tells them the wrong behaviours that cause heat stress, the symptoms, how to detect exposure to heat stress using the urine chart etc.”

Al Marzouqi said it was not made mandatory for the companies to print and distribute the cards to workers.

“But, it is needed. It is better if they do it. Tomorrow, if something goes wrong, they will be answerable. At that time, they cannot say they were not aware of all these,” he said. — sajila@khaleejtimes.com 


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