Typically, the Metro in Washington D.C. prohibits the use of food or drink on its trains in an effort to keep the transit system clean. But during this week’s dangerous heat wave, riders will be allowed to carry and drink water on trains through the close of business today, 7/19.
“We relax the ban for water only during periods of extreme heat, at the direction of the general manager,” said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. “Keeping the restriction in place at other times, including most of the summer when temperatures are not extreme, helps keep Metro one of the cleanest large transit systems in the world.”
The exception to the ban applies only to water and only until the close of business today, 7/19. Metro is also encouraging passengers to use either reusable containers or bottles that can be tightly secured as well as properly disposing of waste.
When you consider installing water coolers in your workplace, you may only take into account the money you’ll save by switching to a point-of-use system. These water dispensers don’t require regular jug deliveries to operate. Instead, they tap into your office building’s main water line and filter out bacteria and germs. While the machines offer a variety of cost-saving advantages, they also complement in-house wellness programs.
Almost everyone knows to drink a calculated amount of water every day, but fewer people understand the severe consequences of failing to consume the appropriate amount of this liquid. Mild levels of dehydration adversely affect both mental and physical performance in a professional. These effects can be exacerbated by the strenuous responsibilities in the workplace, a warm office and regular consumption of coffee.
Water UK defines dehydration as a 1 percent or greater reduction in body weight as a result of fluid loss. People feel thirsty when dehydration reaches 0.8 to 2 percent, so professionals are well on their way to reduced productivity by the time they reach for a drink. Therefore, it’s essential for business owners to account for the adverse effects of dehydration and provide several filtered water delivery options for employees.
Quench can equip any workplace with water coolers. These machines tap directly into a building’s main water supply and use innovative technologies to purify drinking water before it is dispensed. Good hydration contributes to workers’ health and safety, so installing water dispensers in a variety of spaces can lead to greater output. When the lifeblood of a company is the people who work tirelessly to improve profit margins, office managers owe it to their staff members to provide top-notch water outlets.
In addition to bringing in water coolers for the office, managers should look out for signs of dehydration. The commonly noted symptoms of this ailment are light-headedness, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, headaches, sunken features, flushed skin, heat intolerance, dry mouth, throat and eyes and loose skin.
Taking the time to check in with each employee may seem like a time consuming effort, but if it helps workers remain well hydrated, your company may benefit down the line.
When you take the time to consider how much waste your warehouse operation likely puts out on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis, the amount may be staggering. After all, you handle a significant amount of materials each day, and workers aren’t always trained in how to recycle or dispose of items in the most efficient manner – not to mention, sustainability comes with a price.