Legal obligation to provide Water at Work

Legislation that all employers should bear in mind

In the UK, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 all employers have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Specific regulations apply to the provision of clean drinking water and eating facilities, but there is no legal duty for employers to provide food. Employers are required to provide “suitable and sufficient” rest facilities which include arrangements to protect people from the discomfort of tobacco smoke and allow them to eat their meals.

Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 employers must provide an adequate supply of “wholesome” drinking water for all people at work in the workplace. This should be readily accessible and accompanied by cups or be of a water-jet design.


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