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Stay Hydrated - Heat Awareness Day 2022

Stay Hydrated - Heat Awareness Day 2022

Jenn Faughnan5/26/2022Hydration Advice
The last Friday of May each year is National Heat Awareness Day, celebrated predominately in the US. However, this doesn't mean that it's not relevant to us in the UK also, as we see a higher rate of deaths in the UK during the summer
110v Water Coolers: Providing Construction Sites with Hassle-Free Water

110v Water Coolers: Providing Construction Sites with Hassle-Free Water

Edward Bowden8/5/2021Safety & Hygiene
A water cooler is a staple of the construction site. Not only is the provision of safe drinking water a legal necessity [1] but the water cooler is also often a great place for colleagues to socialise while on a job.
There is unfortunately a gulf between the water coolers that many companies offer and those which are suitable for construction sites. This is because many water coolers use a 240v system. Whereas most sites are required by their insurance as well as health and safety advice to use 110v systems, for all their non-cabin electricals [2].

Gyms reopen on July 25, how will members stay hydrated safely?

Herbie King7/24/2020Safety & Hygiene

Many gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools across the UK are reopening on Saturday, July 25th, with new measures such as reduced capacity and temperature checks to protect customers from Covid-19. In a world before coronavirus customers might be happy to fill their water bottle from a drinking fountain or water cooler, however as gyms reopen will these same water machines be readily available for shared, public use?

Let’s look at the options for gyms and members...

Back to school? How to provide safe drinking water for all pupils and staff

Herbie King6/29/2020Safety & Hygiene

The prime minister has promised funding of £1bn for school building projects across England. This money is being used primarily for rebuilding school buildings in disrepair. This is good news, however the question remains on whether this budget will also cover the demands of providing a safe environment for pupils and teachers in a world post COVID-19.

Safe distancing and stricter hygiene are very real concerns as schools aim to go back in September. Providing pupils with a ready supply of clean drinking water is still paramount. So how do schools ensure the drinking water they provide for pupils is safe?

How does UV light sanitise drinking water?

Herbie King4/24/2020Safety & Hygiene

You may have been hearing a lot about UV light over the past few days, specifically because the US President suggested it to treat coronavirus patients. 

There is a type of ultraviolet light that does kill viruses, it’s called UVC. It is dangerous to human skin, and quite rightly, the global medical community have rejected President Trump’s suggestion. 

However, UVC light is an extremely effective tool against decontamination and sanitisation. It has been used in hospitals for years. It is also the best way to kill viruses in water.  

So how does UVC work, and how effective is the use of ultraviolet light in drinking fountains, water refill stations, and dispensers to provide safe drinking water?

Drinking water and coronavirus

Herbie King4/8/2020Safety & Hygiene

Debunking the myths about drinking water and coronavirus

Whilst we advise everyone to stay hydrated, we can debunk one of the myths about Covid-19 – that drinking water regularly can protect you against the virus. It can’t.

Other rumours include drinking only bottled water is safe, or that drinking hot liquids can sterilise the stomach and kill the virus. Again, this is false.

Most dangerous is the advice to drink bleach solutions diluted with water. Please don’t even try this.

How safe is it to drink from a public water fountain?

Rob Innes3/11/2020Safety & Hygiene

In a drive to reduce plastic waste, people are installing drinking fountains in public spaces. From gyms, schools, and parks, to stadiums – demand for drinking fountains and bottle filling stations has grown.
However, in an increasingly virus-aware climate, how can people be sure that using a public drinking fountain is safe?