IBWA News Splash
August 6, 2020
Vol. 21, No. 28
  CDC Removes Negative Statements About Water Coolers in Business Reopening Guidance After Receiving IBWA Comments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published several guidance documents for reopening offices and other workplaces during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a May 2020 guidance document, CDC suggested that water fountains were safer than water coolers and recommended that water coolers not be used. In response to comments from IBWA, CDC has recently revised the guidance and removed the negative statements about water coolers. 
 
On June 1, IBWA sent a letter to CDC noting that water coolers are as safe as water fountains, as they too can be sanitized periodically. The letter stated: 
Specifically, we have concerns about language in the interim guidance that recommends not using water coolers but would allow the use of water fountains in the office workplace. Like other frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, sink faucets), routine cleaning and disinfecting of water coolers can reduce the risk of people’s exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
IBWA’s letter also pointed out that it is inconsistent to allow the use of water fountains in the workplace but not water coolers. We noted that:
IBWA believes that both water coolers and water fountains can be cleaned and disinfected in the same manner to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. There is, however, one significant and important difference between water coolers and water fountains. Water coolers can be used more safely because people do not place their mouths and noses near the faucet when drinking the water, which is necessary when using a water fountain. 
The July 2020 revision of the CDC guidance omits any mention of water coolers, which is a very good outcome. 
 
To view a copy of IBWA’s June 1 letter to CDC, CLICK HERE.
 
To review CDC’s July 9,2020 update to their “COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings,” CLICK HERE.


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• CDC Removes Negative Statements About Water Coolers in Business Reopening Guidance After Receiving IBWA Comments
• COVID-19 Update: WHO Issues Interim Guidance for SARS-CoV-2, the Virus That Causes COVID-19
• Share Week 7 of IBWA's Summer Social Media Campaign: #BottledWaterBecause
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