Case 387 – Gym users filling personal water bottles from communal dispenser

Issue

A customer made a complaint about other gym users filling up personal water bottles from a water cooler instead of using the disposable cone cups provided. The customer stated that this was against health and safety regulations as germs could be spread this way.

Panel opinion

Well done to the gym manager for raising this and bringing it to our attention. It is important for gym users to keep hydrated and there are no health and safety reasons why they cannot do so using their own bottles rather than the paper cups provided. Other establishments which do ban gym users from using their own bottles are likely to have other motives for doing so – but it is not a health and safety issue.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case387-gym-manager-queried-complaint-on-topping-up-water-bottles.htm