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Is there anything I can do about a boss who wont let their workers drink water during shifts?

Is there anything I can do about a boss who wont let their workers drink water during shifts? Topic: Easy court case spells
July 22, 2019 / By Garnet
Question: I work in a food court and one of my co-workers is tasked with having to monitor the entrance so that people dont sneak out with food without having paid for it. Her task requires her to stand in one place all day long. She recently was caught sipping on a cup of water which she kept nearby and my boss told her that was not allowed because it "technically qualified as being on break". To me, this is absurd for so many reasons. What really concerns me is that my co-worker has a history of fainting due to not drinking enough water and right now the weather is hot. Is there anything I can do to demand that my employer allow her employees to be able to drink water during a shift? Tell me there is some law that prevents employers from forcing their workers to become dehydrated. I think that most will agree being able to have water handy is reasonable in the workplace and I have yet to know of an agency that forbids it, whether it be in the food service industry or an office job. Does my co-worker have to experience a fainting spell before being allowed to drink water during the job?!?!? Furthermore, staying hydrated means more efficient workers; I would think it would be in my boss's best interest to allow drinking of water. So what can I do about this? The boss is brand new and seems to be making lots of pointless arbitrary changes haphazardly. As a matter of fact I do see employees at Disneyland drinking water while on the job. At the least, Im sure they are allowed access to water if need be. This is not just about my co-worker. If she cannot hydrate regularly, then that means that I cannot hydrate regularly either. Personally, I will not consume any less than 2 Liters of water per day for health purposes. If you have kept up with the most recent research you will know that ample hydration is one of the most important things for your body. Thanks to those who are in support of me. With further research I am discovering that it is written in California law that employees must be allowed to drink water WHILE working a shift in all industries. However, if anyone has anything more specific to refer to please dont hesitate to send it my way. It will give me leverage to respectfully assert my case to my boss.
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Debbi Debbi | 7 days ago
LOTS of people have jobs where they can not stop to drink water during work. IF you and/or she don't like the rules look for another job. ALL JOBS have things about them not to like, but finding a job is NOT easy. Since the boss understands the concept of breaks obviously you get breaks.
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Debbi Originally Answered: How should I approach the owner/my boss about a co-workers behavior?
This is going to be long, so get ready! You describe a tricky situation. A good approach might be to remove yourself from the environment and write down specific examples of the behavior that you believe are antiproductive. Gain commitment from the owner on a specific meeting time so that you can address this professionally. Two things that are important: 1. The conversation isn't a bash session on the individual, but more concern for the company. 2. You need to come to the table with a viable solution. The conversation might start like this: "I'm concerned about a couple of problems that I would like help managing, as I have never been in this situation before. Jane has been coming to me on a regular basis about the amount of work that she is being asked to do for another department. Because of this, she is really struggling to get our work done, and it's affecting our customer relations (give specific example). We have been managing up until now, but it's beginning to be very stressful and I don't want to lose the quality of the service we provide now. I think the hardest part I wanted to talk about is that I have noticed on (specific date/s) that the other manager has been sleeping at his desk. Other employees have brought it to my attention, and that is why I'm bringing it up. I'm proud of the work that we do and wouldn't want to compromise our work in any way. I'm hoping you can help solve us solve this." Hope this helps.

Briony Briony
Your new boss is breaking the law; employers not only have to allow you to drink water, but they have to make water available to their employees for free. You can respectfully let your boss know this and say that your co-worker has the right to hydrate on the job.
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Alica Alica
Have her drink lots of water B4 work, then in 2 hours take a break, drink again, etc. Do u see the people in disney land drinking water while on the job????
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Tyrrell Tyrrell
If your coworker has a problem with this, your coworker needs to address it. Quit trying to be a white knight riding in to save her. She's not being prevented from getting adequate hydration and there are plenty of jobs where you can't stand around with a bottle of water in your hand. That's what breaks are for.
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Rikki Rikki
She can drink water when she has to go to the bathroom, she's legally entitled to bathroom breaks when needed, not including her actual scheduled breaks. Personally if my boss told me that, I'd laugh in his face haha.
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Rikki Originally Answered: What water should I drink?
That depends on whether or not your tap water contains added fluoride (non-pharmaceutical grade silicofluorides) which have never been studied for safe human consumption. You can drink distilled water. If the fact that there are no minerals in it that bothers you, you can purchase natural minerals to add back to the water. Water distillers are also relatively inexpensive. Many bottled spring waters contain a very small amount of naturally occurring calcium fluoride which isn't nearly as toxic as silicofluorides added to the publics water supply. You can call the 1-800 number on the bottled water to find out the amount (ppm) of fluoride in it. Some areas of the USA have natural springs in their area where they can get spring water for free. Instead of buying minerals to add to distilled water, you could also use half distilled water and half bottled spring water for drinking and cooking. I understand your concern about fluoride. To learn why they originally started adding fluoride to tap water, read the information here: http://qualityassurance.synthasite.com/f... What is put in tap water isn't pharmaceutical grade nor is it natural "calcium fluoride". It's a by-product of the fertilizer industry. Here's what is added to tap water. It is toxic. See below PDF's: http://www.wku.edu/msds/docs/6254.pdf http://www.mosaicco.com/images/Hydrofluo... It's nothing more than toxic waste or pollution. Studies by Drs. H.S. Brown, D.R. Bishop and C.A. Rowan in the early 1980s demonstrated that an average of 64% of the total dose of waterborne contaminants, such as fluoride, are absorbed through the skin. (American Journal of Public Health 1984; 74: 479-84) —Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death, Barry Groves, pp. 275-265 A study by Professor Julian Andelman, Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Pittsburg's Graduate School of Public Health, "found less chemical exposure from drinking the water than from using it to wash clothes or take a shower or a dip in the swimming pool". Every time you take a shower or go for a swim, you will be soaking it up. The percentage for skin absorption are as follows: Scalp - 32%, Ear Canal - 46%, Forehead - 36%, Plant of Foot - 13%, Forearm - 9%, Palm - 12%, Male Scrotum - 100%. Dr. Dean Burk, Chief Chemist Emeritus of the National Cancer Institute published a paper in 1975 that detailed an increase in cancer deaths in fluoridated areas. According to Burk, "In point of fact, fluoride causes more cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical". Fluoride is NOT essential. In 1979, the FDA required the deletion of all government references previously classifying fluoride as "essential or probably essential", (Federal Register, March 16, 1979, page 16006). Adding fluoride compounds to tap water hasn't even been approved by the FDA. Robert Carton, PhD formerly President of the union of Government Scientists working at the US Environmental Protection Agency said: "Water fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time." In 1997, more than 1,000 members of this union working at USEPA HQ in Washington DC, who are directly responsible for the US Safe Drinking Water Act, voted UNANIMOUSLY to ban water fluoridation. Their bosses are not listening. There is not a single scientific or laboratory study from anywhere in the world which proves that fluoridation reduces tooth decay in humans. There are, however, hundreds of published scientific papers which show that water fluoridation is dangerous to human, animal, plant and aquatic life, which is no surprise, since fluoride is more toxic than lead and only marginally less so than arsenic. (Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, 5th ed., Gosselin, et al, 1984.). "Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems … The sources of fluorine intoxication are drinking water containing 1 ppm or more of fluorine, fluorine compounds used as insecticidal sprays for fruits and vegetables (cryolite and barium fluosilicate) and the mining and conversion of phosphate rock to superphosphate, which is used as fertilizer. The fluorine content of phosphate rock, about 25% of the fluorine present, is volatilized and represents a pouring into the atmosphere of approximately 25,000 tons of pure fluorine annually … The known effects of chronic fluorine intoxication are those of hypophasia of the teeth, which has been called mottled enamel, and of bone sclerosis." Journal of the American Medical Association, editorial, September 18, 1943 (123:50)

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