Does OSHA Require Employers To Provide Water?

OSHA Standards require an employer to provide potable water in the workplace and permit employees to drink it.

Potable water includes tap water that is safe for drinking.

Employers cannot require employees to pay for water that is provided.

Are workplaces required to provide water?

Yes. There’s a clear duty on employers to provide drinking water at work, under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The Regulations state that an “adequate supply of wholesome drinking water” must be provided, and that it be readily available at suitable and clearly marked places.

As a general rule, your employer can legally prohibit you from having drinks, including water, on the sales floor.

What does an employer have to provide for an employee?

It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.

What are OSHA requirements for employers?

Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act. Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards. Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.