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Temporary Shutdown of Water in the Workplace

Hello, Our Dept. of Water is shutting our water from 9-3. So no restrooms or water for employees do we need to let the employees go home? We do have access to another bathroom in a building a block away.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, potable water and restrooms must be readily available to employees. Unfortunately, there are no regulations that specifically address how far employees are able to walk to gain access to water or restrooms. Thus, employers must use their best judgment on a case by case basis. Ultimately, it’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe and healthful work environment.

Asking employees to walk a full block to access water and restrooms seems excessive, especially for almost an entire work day. It may be in your best interest to close the office to avoid a violation.

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