Drinking water on construction sites should be obtained and handled with care to prevent contamination. Improper storage, distribution, or dispensing can lead to a number of communicable diseases.
Tips for safe water
- An adequate supply of potable water should be provided in all places of employment
- Containers used to dispense drinking water should be kept tightly closed and equipped with a tap
- Water should not be dipped from containers
- Any container used to distribute drinking water should be clearly marked as to the nature of its contents and not used for any other purpose
- The use of a common drinking cup is prohibited
- Single service cups should be used once and a sanitary container for the unused cups and a receptacle for disposing of the used cups should be provided
- All water containers used to furnish drinking water should be thoroughly cleaned at least once each week or more often as conditions require
- If using water bottles, store bottles out of direct sunlight
- No drinking from hoses or unapproved sources.
Good fresh water will not only be better for you, it will also be more refreshing. Remember to hydrate, before you are thirsty.
- Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.
Questions for Discussion
- Why is it not good to expose water bottles to direct sunlight?
- When is a good time to hydrate?