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Water Bottles in the Workplace

Is there an OSHA approved water bottle for workers to keep at their station?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures safe and healthful working conditions in the workplace through training and regulations.

OSHA requires potable water to be provided in all places of employment in amounts that are adequate to meet the health and personal needs of each employee. Potable water means water that is safe from toxins and meets the standard for drinking purposes set forth by state and/or municipality regulations.

There is no requirement for water to be bottled or even from a water fountain. Tap water from a sink, as long as it meets the standards for drinking, meets OSHA’s requirement.

Portable containers that carry water are also permitted. Containers must be clearly marked, tightly closed, have a tap for dispensing the water, and may not be used for any other purpose. Water is not to be dipped from containers. Shared drinking cups or bottles are not permitted.

There is no standard water bottle approved by OSHA. However, employers may impose restrictions on the type of water bottle permitted in the workplace depending upon the type of work being performed and the work environment.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 2:23 pm and is filed under
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