occupational safety and health standards
[color=#003399]1910.1030(d)(2)(ix) [color=#003399]2006 - 05/17/2006 - requirements for covered beverages at nurses' stations.
eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics or lip balm, and handling contact lenses are prohibited in work areas where there is a reasonable likelihood of occupational exposure.
occupational exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.
is there a reasonable likelihood of occupational exposure at your nurses station? if the answer is yes, then osha says no. osha does not tell anyone what they can do, only what they can't do.