What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Gabe Garcia, PCG, PCC, PCM

Can you spot the hazard(s) in the image above?

If you said partially opened cooler and no disposable drinking cups, you are partially right.

Applicable standards


Portable drinking water dispensers shall be designed, constructed, and serviced so that sanitary conditions are maintained, shall be capable of being closed, and shall be equipped with a tap.


A common drinking cup and other common utensils are prohibited.

Take a closer look at the floor. You have an active electrical power outlet right underneath the water tap. Water can fall in the outlet and damage the electrical equipment or worst, shock or electrocute the employees nearby.


Examination. Electric equipment shall be free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Solution: Do a hazard assessment, remove the water cooler and or the electrical outlet; provide single service cups and ensure the cooler cover is locked and secured.

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