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Staying hydrated at Australian mine sites

The summer months may have finished, bringing cooler weather, but that doesn’t decrease the importance of staying hydrated at mine sites. Australian Mining explains.

It has been another scorching Australian summer. In recent months, it has been a common sight to see weather forecasts hitting at least 40 degrees in Australia’s major mining regions on both sides of the country.

For the mining industry, this has brought the importance of staying hydrated to the fore as companies prioritise the health and safety of their workforce.

With autumn now upon us, there will be some respite ahead for Australia’s miners, many of which are working in remote locations that experience extreme temperatures throughout the year.

However, the slightly cooler weather isn’t an excuse for mine operators to become complacent about the importance of keeping its workers adequately hydrated.

In Western Australia, for example, hot workplaces are everywhere, with heat coming from climatic conditions, heavy work in moderately hot conditions, hot work processes, radiant heat from surroundings, and work where heavy protective gear is required — all situations relevant to mining.

Each of these factors could lead to a mine worker becoming severely dehydrated if they aren’t monitored and sufficient water isn’t consumed.

It is widely accepted that Australians need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. To be exact, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that the average woman drinks 2.1 litres a day, while the average man should consume 2.6 litres a day.

A good rule is to drink enough so you’re not thirsty for long periods. On a mine site, it is even more important to monitor how much you drink, with high temperatures and challenging work conditions the norm for workers. Read more…

 

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