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OMAG Job01 RISK & SAFETY NEWS 7 Myths About Dehydration
Opening - Risk
Management By Kip Prichard
Myth #1: Dehydration is uncomfortable, but not dangerous.
Are you the right person to help
Oklahoma cities and towns deliver Fact: While most of us will only ever experience mild
safe and efficient services to their dehydration symptoms like headache, sluggishness, or
citizens? decreased urine/sweat output, it can become severe and
require medical attention. Serious complications include
If so, the Oklahoma Municipal swelling of the brain, seizures, kidney failure, and even death,
Assurance Group (OMAG) has an according to the Mayo Clinic.
opening for a Risk Management
Specialist that does just that. Myth #2: If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
As a Risk Management Specialist, Fact: It’s not too late. In fact, thirst is the body’s way of
you will work in the field with our telling you to drink water, and you are not at risk of becoming
cities and towns in a variety of ways, dangerously dehydrated the minute you feel parched. When
like providing resources to aid in you get thirsty the deficit of water in your body is trivial
the maintenance of sanitary sewer because your body is a very sensitive gauge. You might
systems and conducting on-site actually have only about a 1% reduction in your overall water.
safety assessments and training. The solution is to drink some fluid, preferably water.
The ideal candidate will be able Myth #3: Everyone needs to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
to develop, design and deliver
training programs through in-person Fact: This general rule of thumb is outdated, influenced today
classroom training and by way of mostly by bottled water companies. So how much do you
technology, whether through self- need to drink? Men roughly need to drink 3 liters (102 oz.)
directed webinars or videos. every day, and women require about 2.2 liters (78 oz.) per day.
However, body weight has a lot to do with it. A good rule of
Experience with sanitary sewer thumb is to divide your body weight by 2 and drink that many
collection and maintenance systems ounces of fluid per day (example: 200 lbs. = 100 ounces).
is a plus for this position, as you
will be using cutting edge acoustic Myth #4: Clear urine is a sure sign of hydration.
technology that allows cities to
determine the stability of their sewer Fact: While keeping an eye on your urine output maybe isn’t
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the most pleasant summer activity, it really can provide a measure of how hydrated (or
dehydrated) you are. But it’s not clear urine that you are looking for, rather, a pale yellow.
(see Dehydration Urine Color Chart)
Myth #5: There is no such thing as drinking too much water.
Fact: Over hydrating can be extremely dangerous – but it is relatively rare. Drinking too
much water leads to hyponatremia, when levels of sodium in the body are so diluted your
cells begin to swell. This usually causes nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion and fatigue,
and can escalate to seizures and coma.
Myth #6: Exercise and hard work need sports drinks.
Fact: If you are working out for less than an hour, water will do just fine. You don’t deplete
electrolyte and glycogen reserves until you’ve been exercising intensely or performing
moderate-hard work in heat and humidity for more than an hour.
Myth #7: Coffee, tea, and soft drinks dehydrate you.
Fact: Only if you overdo it. While caffeine is dehydrating, the water in coffee, tea, and soda
more than makes up for the effects, ultimately leaving you more hydrated than pre-coffee
or pop. Consuming more than 3-5 cups of coffee or 40 ounces of soda could put you at
risk for dehydration. Just remember to limit your caffeine input, drink in moderation and
supplement with good old water. (see 5 Healthy Hydration Tips)
OMAG Risk Management Workshops
By Kip Prichard
In April, OMAG held a series of Risk Management Workshops (formerly Safety Coordinator
Workshops) in Clinton, Sand Springs, Edmond, and Checotah. These workshops were designed
to provide information to OMAG members about risk management and safety issues affecting
municipalities. Topics discussed were: Risk Management Basics, USDOT Drug and Alcohol Testing,
Sewer Maintenance Best Practices, and Building a Foundation for a Sustainable Safety Culture.
Administrators, Mayors, and Safety Coordinators were invited to attend four regional meetings
around the state to learn, discuss, and network together. These workshops were free to OMAG
members. Registration via the OMAG webpage resulted in 97 registered attendees from 62
OMAG plans to continue to provide these workshops in future years at no cost to our members.
The workshops are just another value-added-service OMAG provides our cities and towns to create
safe and efficient municipal operations.
If you have any feedback about the workshops or want information about future OMAG-sponsored
events, contact Kip Prichard, OMAG Risk Management Specialist at [email protected]
03 RISK & SAFETY NEWS
Safety Considerations for Using Lawn
By Kip Prichard
Workers operating riding mowers face lowered position. Also, workers should
serious safety issues. Their employers not wear a seat belt while operating a
need to make sure the equipment in use mower with the ROPS in the lowered
is designed and maintained with safety position. Return the ROPS to the raised
in mind. Employers must make sure that position as soon as the mower is in an
workers are trained to avoid hazardous area where the vertical clearance allows
surroundings. Finally, the employer must its use and reconnect the seat belt.
ensure that mowing operations are • Equip riding mowers with an “operator
performed safely. presence control system”. This system
shuts off the blades when the operator
Employers Must Ensure Equipment Safety dismounts the machine or rises out of the
Use and maintain all available safety • Equip riding mowers with interlocks that
equipment. Pay attention to the following ensure the engine cannot start while
points: the mower is in gear or if the blade
• Some riding mowers are designed is engaged. Inspect mowers to ensure
by their manufacturer to be the “operator presence control system”
equipped with a roll-over protective and all safety features are always in place
system (ROPS). The ROPS can either and operable.
be standard or optional equipment. • Keep riding mowers in good working
• If the mower a worker will be using order, and inspect them periodically for
does not have a ROPS, look for insecurely or incorrectly attached ROPS
unused bolt holes or brackets near and seat belts.
the seat or frame to see if the • Mower operators should use a standard
mower has the capacity to be checklist to do a general inspection of the
equipped with a ROPS. Do not equipment before use. For example, the
operate any mower that was checklist should include checking tire
intended to be equipped with a pressure and check for missing or
ROPS without the ROPS in place. damaged safety guards.
In many cases, retrofit kits are • Experienced service personnel should
available. Contact the manufacturer inspect mowers for necessary safety
to see if there is a kit for the mower features and overall maintenance at least
you are using. annually. Only qualified personnel should
• Mowers with a ROPS should also be service and repair riding mowers.
equipped with seat belts. Provide
and use approved seat belt While it is essential to have the proper safety
assemblies on all riding lawn equipment in place on riding mowers, you should
mowers on which a ROPS has been think of that as just the beginning of your safety
• Where vertical clearance does
not allow for a ROPS to be in Determining the Safety of the Surroundings
the raised position, the ROPS
may be temporarily placed in the Employers should be familiar with the conditions
of the terrain on which their mowers are being