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Anyone any advice how to managed staying hydrated at work? I dont get a set teabreak and lunch half hour is as and when. I cant have a drink at my desk work area. I bring a water bottle but getting to it is a problem. Im getting really bad headaches and not sleeping.

OneeyedRaven
7 months ago
What do you think of this?
Janhrrs
Janhrrs7 months ago

Hi @OneyedRaven that's not good. I worked in a call centre once where we we were allowed travel mug type cups so if they fell over, they wouldnt spill. Do you have anyone that you could suggest that you have non spillable drinks at your work station to? I think legally your employer is supposed to supply unlimited water as often as you want. Studies have proved that hydrated workers are more productive. Hope it gets sorted.

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joannecroston
joannecroston7 months ago

Coukd you nip off to the toilet and get a drink from there, if its suitable for drinking of course. You could leave some disposable cups by the sink. Otherwise i would ask my boss what i can do, they have a duty of care and cannot refuse you a drink if you are becoming dehydrated

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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7 months ago

ive been keeping my water bottle near there as its all I could think of .The issue is im sure theyre aware of the legalities hence have never outright refused me a chance to drink but just insinuate I a have a medical/toilet issue I should address or b that I am away from work too long too often making me feel unprofessional. I might add I am literally gone enough time to run to water drink and run back. I am limiting myself to 2 visits a working day- which is around 13hrs and water load in my half hour break. its killing me.

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ACR
ACR7 months ago

OneeyedRaven employers are legally obliged to provide drinking water for employees. You should complain to HR or someone in authority 🚰

  • There's a clear duty on employers to provide drinking water at work, under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The Regulations state that an "adequate supply of wholesome drinking water" must be provided, and that it be readily available at suitable and clearly marked places. This could be provided either with a supply of suitable cups, or as a drinking fountain.
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hspexy
hspexy7 months ago

I‘m sure it’s illegal to deny you drinking water at a workplace. Even in supermarkets I notice cashiers have at least a bottle or a flask at hand, and they get to sip whilst serving customers. Unless you work in factory conditions where the machinery used prohibits you from having water nearby (and even then you are permitted to take regular breaks to have some water), then there’s no reason why you can’t

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi7 months ago

In some work it is impossible, because the employer not let people take water with them.

Also u not allow to go all the times to drink and pee after....taking lots of break...it is like fasting....just survive it.

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin7 months ago

You should be allowed water at least at work maybe not right next to electrical equipment but surely you should be able to have a water bottle on you and be able to out it somewhere close

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Lynibis
Lynibis7 months ago

Not sure if you are male or female but either way can you not keep a drink in your handbag or even carrier bag, with lunch? Drink a pint before work another at lunch and another before leaving for home that should do it, though I agree with others who say it is wrong to be denied water at work.

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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7 months ago

thanks Lynibis my lunch area is even further away -the loo is closer and to some extent this is what I am doing but as pointed out what goes in..........so then im away on loo breaks either way!

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19787 months ago

Are you in the UK? This seems pretty extreme. I wouldn't even let a dog go without water.

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myusernamehasgo
myusernamehasgo7 months ago

Some jobs are a bit more extreme than others. Surgeons can’t just nip out mid surgery. They will often be stood in their feet concentrating hard for hours and hours on end without water or toilet breaks, some operations take all day they won’t have peed or drank all day.

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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7 months ago

they finally relented in the summer to allow us a bottle as we have no air con and I was literally as red as your avatar. If I take a bottle it gets moved around enough as to make a point its in the way/hazzard. So I am stuck with leaving my station and then suffering multi eye rolling on my return.

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KirstyW
KirstyW7 months ago

I work 10 hour days with just a half an hour break, but i habe a water bottle i ise throughout the day and you should be allowed that at your desk, also if you're predominately at a desk or computer aren't you meant to have regular breaks?

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myusernamehasgo
myusernamehasgo7 months ago

OneeyedRaven

You could probably do with getting some rehydration drinks at the moment as it sounds like if you are getting headaches and not sleeping it a problem.

Something on these lines to restore your hydration

Dioralyte Blackcurrant 6 Sachets

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Then to keep on top of it in future drink when you can and perhaps consider swapping from water to isotonic drinks.

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
Original Poster
7 months ago

great idea I think I will just have to do this and hope my body adjusts thank you.

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