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Boil Order

What are the requirements if any, to provide potable water to workers in an office building that is in an area where a boil order is in effect during the work day? Is the employer responsible for providing bottled water until the boil order is lifted?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidelines on sanitation including drinking water. Employers are required to provide potable water, i.e. water that meets the standards for drinking purposes, in all places of employment. If a boil order is in effect and the employees don’t have access to any potable water then, yes, the employer must provide drinking water. There is no specific requirement that bottled water be provided, just potable water. Thus, the employer can provide bottled water or a portable drinking water dispenser. The portable drinking water dispensers must be capable of being closed, equipped with a tap and sanitary conditions must be maintained.

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