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Mar16

Temperature for Ice

Is there a requirement to provide ice at a given temperature?

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.

OSHA regulations don’t require ice in the drinking water nor do they stipulate a temperature range for the water. However, OSHA recommends that drinking water have a palatable taste and the temperature be 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible.

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