energy drinks in the workplace
Energy drinks seem to be everywhere these days and they are being marketed in practically every supermarket and corner store. Non-alcoholic energy drinks are completely legal to buy and consume without legal restriction in most places. However, there may be some adverse effects of energy drinks that should be taken into consideration in the workplace, depending on the employee’s essential job function in relation to safety.
Energy drinks contain various ingredients and the most common include caffeine and sugar or sugar substitutes, such as aspartame. While there is still much studying to do in regards to the negative effects of these beverages, some research has suggested the following negative effects can occur:
- Caffeine jitters
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased urination
Some studies have suggested that — in larger doses — the following negative effects can occur:
- Lapses in judgment
In some cases, the some effects may mimic being under the influence of an amphetamine-type drug.
In the case of caffeine, the body tends to dehydrate faster and affect the body’s natural cooling system in a negative way. This should be a major consideration when working outdoors when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees. Caffeine should never be a substitute drink for water on warm to hot days!
Employers are encouraged to provide fresh, clean and cool water whenever possible and energy drinks should be monitored when employees are working in heated areas.
If you have any questions or concerns about the influence of these popular drinks on your workforce, please call us at 925.556.4404.