Staying Safe at Work or Home
The Nebraska Safety Council is a non-profit organization headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more than 60 years, the Nebraska Safety Council has provided leadership in worksite safety, employee well-being and traffic safety making a positive impact across the Midwest. More than 400+ Nebraska businesses reap the benefits of expert trainings, injury prevention strategies, OSHA preparedness and employee well-being initiatives.
During 2021, more than 1,810 Nebraska employees received safety training and 33 health-care providers and first responders received training on how to properly wear respirators during the pandemic (Respiratory Fit Protection Training). Nearly 2,000 employees and family members participated in one-on-one health coaching sessions for a total of 3,720 coaching appointments, and 15 businesses established unique and evidenced-based wellness plans. Safety along Nebraska roadways increased during 2021 with 617 individuals completing the Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving Course (ADD), 207 individuals participating in the Alive at 25 program, 683 individuals completing the Defensive Driving/Safety Training Option Program (DDC4/STOP), 176 individuals participating in a Motorcycle Driving class, 345 students participating in a Driver’s Education course and 24 individuals completing the Alcohol Drug Offender program.
Summer Tips From Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell
Water, the Best Way to Hydrate
Sweating due to hot, humid conditions or extreme physical activity can lead to dehydration. The human body is made up of 60% water which needs to be replenished throughout the day. Drinking enough water is important for many reasons. Water helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
Most of the body's hydration comes from drinking water but we can also get water from juicy foods like lettuce, watermelon, and cucumber. Other liquids like coffee, tea, and milk can help with hydration but only in small amounts. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. But it’s best to stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages when trying to stay hydrated, says Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Even energy drinks and vitamin waters, can be loaded with sugar and not worth the effort.”
Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Learn more about the importance of staying hydrated, how dehydration affects adults and children and handy tips to help stay hydrated in this downloadable information sheet from the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell.