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Federal workers, drink up!

By Ed O'Keefe

The government's top human resources official is reminding federal agencies to keep workers hydrated amid the record-breaking heat wave.

Calling federal employees the government's "most important asset," Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said Tuesday that workers should drink water. (No, really.)

"Obvious to all of us will be the need for employees to remain adequately hydrated; providing immediate and ready access to potable drinking water and other liquids will ensure their health and well-being," Berry said in a memo to agency human resources officials.

Berry also provided officials with links to government Web sites with heat-related information, including, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2010; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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In GSA's tireless efforts to save energies, I've also heard of lights on entire floors flashing on and off for extended periods of time so that they could locate the one person's office who they inadvertently left in the dark. If they are so worried about this, they should push more telecommuting.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | July 7, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Federal workers should also be reminded to floss regularly and to not run with scissors.

Posted by: Thanks09 | July 8, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Our visionary Director has nothing else on which to concentrate except keeping hydrated. Why did he not also recommend ice cream for all employees in the heat sriken localities?

Posted by: RaymondOConnor | July 8, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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