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Aug29

Providing Water to Employees

If a worker uses outside amenities for restroom privileges and can travel at any time, why would we still have to offer or provide water to them?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes standards for employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful working conditions.

Under OSHA’s general standards, potable water must be provided at 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.

These standards apply to permanent places of employment. Though many OSHA regulations extend to traveling employees, there is no specific regulation that requires employers to provide traveling employees with water. However, take the construction industry for example. Under OSHA’s construction industry regulations, employers must provide potable water “in all places of employment.” So, a group of construction workers traveling from site to site should be provided water at each location. Conversely, an employer wouldn’t be required to provide water for a salesman whose primary function involves traveling.

Keep in mind some states have OSHA-approved state plans that further cover workers.

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