FAQs

AdobeStock_70162977 [Converted]Why not just pee outside?

There are plenty of reasons – legal and sanitary – why that’s a bad idea. Workers are liable to expose themselves if they don’t know that people are around. These products should not be used in public without one of our portable shelters or some other private screen. Outside is also not always the safest place to go. It’s not safe or sanitary. That exposes the company to legal issues. When nature calls, employees shouldn’t go into nature to take care of it.

 

Can women use these?

Yes, women can use the Brief Relief products. They are made with everyone in mind.

 

Are they safe?

The equipment is made with reinforced bags to keep everything where it needs to be. If used properly, the user will not get anything where it doesn’t belong. The polymers and enzymes in the product are nontoxic and conform to OSHA and EPA regulations.

 

Can they be thrown away in the trash?

Yes. Brief Relief products can be thrown out in any garbage receptacle in any state or province.

 

Do the polymers and enzymes kill germs?

No, instead they change the composition of the waste so that it becomes safe for disposal as regular trash. The purpose of the polymer component of the formulation is to immediately contain and encapsulate the waste. The enzyme component in the powder formulation is to ensure and accelerate the complete biological breakdown of the urine and stool to its most basic parts, thus allowing for safe disposal.

 

AdobeStock_70162977 [Converted]What if somebody else touches my used bag? (What if it punctures?)

Unless the bag has been soiled on the outside due to “aim” problems, there is no risk in handling the bag. When properly used and sealed, it can’t leak. Inside, the gel is self-sealing, and the enzymes break down the waste into simple salts and water, neutralizing them. If the bag is punctured (as when your kitchen garbage bag breaks), common sense says that you should avoid direct contact with the waste. However, it can be swept up and put into another container.

 

(Particularly for Disposa-John) what do I do with it once I’ve used it?

The answer to this may be company-specific, and your training department needs to identify appropriate company requirements and practices; however, the Disposa-John is also designed for safe disposal in any trash receptacle.

 

Will the polymer/enzyme crystals work in extreme heat or cold?

The powder blend works best in the range of -40 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

What is the shelf life of an unused Brief Relief or Disposa-John bag?

Virtually unlimited. The U.S. military rated the shelf life of the product at 10 years plus! It is 95% active after 5 years of storage.

 

How strong is the bucket?

During the product approval process, the bucket was tested at 300 pounds for 12 hours.

 

AdobeStock_70162977 [Converted]Is the Commode bucket and seat safe to use in extreme heat and cold?

The Commode bucket is manufactured from heavy-duty polyethylene and with a thick wall to resist becoming brittle in extreme cold or soft in extreme heat. Buckets of this design are used to store and transport hazardous chemicals safely, which you can be sure would not be allowed if the buckets could crack or melt! The Commode seat is manufactured from industrial-grade polyurethane to resist damage or degradation due to extreme temperatures.

 

How durable is the Privacy Shelter?

Although it weighs only 7 lbs. (3 kg), it is water repellent, non-conductive and flame resistant, meeting CPAI-84 standards. To show how durable the tent is, even in extreme conditions, 6 of them were used by the Everest 98 Environmental Expedition, where, for four weeks at 18,500 feet, they withstood below-freezing temperatures, driving wind and snow, yak stampedes and intense radiation from the sun – with never a problem. In actual field conditions in both very hot and very cold weather, despite frequent use, to date there has been not one complaint of damage in normal handling. The tent measures an impressive 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 7 ft.

 

Can people see me through the shelter?

No. The gray opaque fabric was particularly selected to prevent this even in full sunlight conditions.

 

Who else is using the Brief Relief products and for how long?

The products are currently being used by the top 100 utility companies in the U.S. and Canada, municipalities, construction companies, government agencies and the U.S. and Canadian militaries. Large telecoms have been using Brief Relief products for at least twenty years. In 1989, one major telecom company asked us to invent the product, and they’ve been a satisfied customer ever since.

 

Can we use the product more that once?

You can; however, the product is designed as a one-time, disposable unit.

 

How much money can you save my company?

Download our Annual Savings Worksheet to get an idea how much you can save.