NWR Legal Bees, I need your opinion on this.

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
2432 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You need to contact OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/OSHA_FAQs.html

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Employers cannot refuse to allow employees to drink water or require employees to pay for water that is provided. However, employees may not consume beverages (including water) in a toilet room or in any area exposed to a toxic material.

OSHA’s Sanitation standard states that “potable water shall be provided in all places of employment, for drinking, washing of the person, cooking, washing of foods, washing of cooking or eating utensils, washing of food preparation or processing premises, and personal service rooms.” See OSHA’s Sanitation standard for more


Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How long do you work?  I live in WI so maybe that makes it different but if we work 4 hours we legally get one 15 minute break over 6 we have To get one 30 minute lunch and a 15 minute break 8 hours one 30 minute lunch two ten minute break ect.  Lunch does not have to be paid but breaks do I believe (or at least I’ve never know of anyone not getting paid..).

My FI works in a factory that processes food products.  They have to provide water but require employees to keep it in a metal water bottle (one is provided per employee) that has a cap.  It is bc they have a machine that would detect metal in the food product (they also have special bandaids that have metal in them).  I would contact OSHA right away.  I believe you can remain confidential.

Post # 7
1819 posts
Buzzing bee


Floofy:  Wow.  IANAL, but figured they might get away with it saying you have time on breaks … but if you don’t get breaks, then that’s surprising in and of itself. 


Post # 10
335 posts
Helper bee

Pretty sure they have to give you that 15 min. break over 5 hours, plus your lunch…I think its a law.

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