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Brave police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line daily while protecting and serving. Having to think of so many important factors when it comes to saving lives, no one would ever imagine that one of life’s basic necessities would also have to factor into their thinking: where and how to use the restroom. 

These bold men and women are never certain what situations they may encounter on the job, and they don’t always have access to regular bathroom facilities.

Whether their patrol routes are lacking in public restrooms or they’re battling blazes far away from basic necessities like electricity and running toilets, dedicated public servants have a lot to contend with when it comes time for a bathroom break, which makes their jobs harder.

Men and women in blue chatted back and forth online in a thread on, saying:

“Like a dog, I have left my mark all over town to include people’s backyards (residential alarm calls).” 

“Pick a dark corner in my county or the side of a redwood tree hidden from traffic and I’ve probably ****ed there. One thing I learned was to keep track of construction sites and farms that kept unlocked porta-potties on site.”

“For us city cops, it’s not out of the ordinary to go call to call from the start of shift to the end.”

“You do what you have to do.”

… Yeeeea. We could imagine there are more “stories” there, but we won’t ask. Instead, let’s look at the inconveniences putting our first responders in these positions in the first place.


The Issues around First Responders and Bathroom Breaks

For police officers, needing to find a bathroom while on patrol is one of the most annoying, uncomfortable, and unhealthy drawbacks of the job. It’s a bigger problem than you would think. 

  • There are health concerns at hand. Holding it in for the sake of public safety isn’t safe (or fair) for the officer.
  • A police officer’s safety, and that of the people they serve, depends on their ability to concentrate and eliminate needless distractions.


And there are many other considerations:

No Public Restrooms Nearby

During the day, officers and fire crew may have restaurants or building lobbies they know they can count on, and many officers did mention that they usually make stops at public places to use the restroom or even stop at home if it’s on their patrol route. But what if they’re working overnight? What if their beat is more suburban or rural, with no public restrooms for miles?

As for firefighters, so many wildfires happen in remote areas, there’s a solid chance there won’t even be a bathroom to be found for miles around. Plus, even if there was a bathroom available somewhere, the valuable time needed to find and use a bathroom could cost lives. However, bodily functions aren’t known to run our schedules or demands.


They’re Put in a Position to Break the Law

Some first responders may be inspired to find the nearest alley or tree when a restroom isn’t close by, but it’s actually illegal to urinate in public. It would be unacceptable for an officer to get caught breaking the very law they’re meant to enforce, but they’re many times put in positions where they have no choice.


Smile—You’re on Camera!

With doorbell cameras, red light cameras, and surveillance cameras everywhere, not to mention police bodycams, managing to find a private spot somewhere in public is nearly impossible today. A couple officers acknowledged how this is now playing into their restroom woes — some have changed their habits and others don’t seem to care.

“There are way to many cameras out there now……………………….but back in the day.” 

“But speaking of cameras, about the time they release body cams the number of ****s I take a day is going to increase dramatically. And John Q. Citizen is going to get a front row seat.”


Today, if first responders don’t watch their surroundings or find a good place to hide, what might start as an innocent effort to relieve oneself on the job could end in a P.R. nightmare if a camera catches the officer and someone posts it online. 


Females Are Especially Vulnerable

For female officers and fire crew, picking a tree isn’t really an option! These officers have the additional hardship of having to remove their utility belts (gun holster and all) in order to use the restroom, putting them in a particularly difficult situation. Doing this means their weapon isn’t completely in their control, and they also have to find a secure (and sanitary) place to put it. 

One officer said, “As a girl, you have to take off a few layers of gear most of the time. You may be on the side of the road using your doors to shield yourself and thankful that you have napkins, water, and cleaner in your cruiser while cursing all the guys and how easy it is for them.”


So, What’s the Solution to the Potty Probem for Police and Firefighters?

We’re so glad you asked! Some first responder agencies are turning to portable bathroom solutions like Brief Relief to protect their workers and their reputations.

If you served in the military you may remember WAG Bag®s. The sister brand of Brief Relief, Cleanwaste, invented the original WAG Bag®. The WAG Bag® (Waste Alleviation and Gelling Bag) is a disposable human waste bag. And yup, that means exactly what you think it does. It’s a bag for catching and disposing of human waste.

When out on patrol with only a car for privacy, the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag is a compact, individually packaged bag for liquid waste that can be used by both men and women. It ensures everyone has a comfortable, sanitary way to go. It contains a unique blend of enzymes and polymers that convert urine into a deodorized gel, just like the WAG Bag®, and each bag can hold up to 20 ounces of urine. 

If you’re looking for a complete solution, we recommend The Brief Relief Lavatory System. It includes:

  • One Commode Portable Toilet. This has all the comfort, height, and ease of a standard toilet with a full-size flexible seat.
  • One Privacy Shelter. It’s portable, roomy, and easily deployed. The shelter provides privacy whenever and wherever you need it.
  • Ten Brief Relief Daily Restroom Kits. Each kit comes complete with a secure, puncture-resistant WAG Bag, toilet paper, and a sanitizing wipe.

With this gear, police officers and firefighters have everything they need on hand to find a clean, private, and legal way to find relief anywhere in the field. 

To learn more about how Brief Relief waste bags help first responders, the military, and

government agencies perform their jobs better, check out our full product line here.


There are a surprising number of businesses and industries where vomiting is a common occurrence.


Did you know that many surgical center patients experience Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) after surgery? Typically occurring within the first 24 hours post-surgery, around 20-30 percent of patients find themselves vomiting, while approximately 50 percent of patients experience nausea after being discharged. But medicine is just the beginning when it comes to “customer nausea.”


For example, air travel or water activities can be a nightmare for the estimated 1 in 3 people who are susceptible to motion sickness. Your customers deserve better than a flimsy paper bag — as do the other folks around them! 


By providing proper sick bags for customers and clients, you avoid problems like medical professionals wasting their valuable time cleaning up vomit or spoiling an outing for an entire group with a leaky, stinky mess.


When choosing a sick bag for your business, there a several factors to consider:


Durability. Will the bag hold up?

This is probably the most important requirement! You’ll want a sturdy bag that’s both waterproof and leak-proof.


Simplicity. Is the bag easy to use?

A bag needs to be easy to use in a hurry. The last thing a person wants to worry about is whether or not they can even break into their sick bag when the urge hits. 


Volume. What is the bag’s capacity?

You’ll want to be sure that your bags aren’t at risk of overflowing. Quality vomit bags usually hold 500 or more ml of liquid.


Security. How easily does it close, and will it stay closed?

If you have a bag with a poor seal, you risk making a mess and exposing germs (not to mention the smell factor).

When it comes to your vomit bags, settle for nothing less than a bag built like Fort Knox.


How do I choose?

Now that you’re better informed about what makes a quality nausea bag, how will you know which one to get? We’ve compiled a short list of affordable vomit bags available on the market.


PukeBag Disposable Vomit Bag

This option is a travel-friendly, cost-effective option that comes in packs of 50.

The mouthpiece makes an easy target, and the bags hold 1500 ml of vomit. The bag has a secure and convenient closure system — just twist the bag and secure the notched ring to prevent leakage.

Durability– 4 stars 

Simplicity– 4 stars 

Volume– 5 stars

Security– 3½ stars

Overall Rating– 4 stars


HealQu Disposable Vomit Bag 

This bag’s ergonomic design is great in an emergency, and it has a 1000 ml capacity. These bags feature a twist and notched-ring closure solution similar to the Pukebag.

Durability– 3 stars 

Simplicity– 4 stars 

Volume– 4½ stars

Security– 3½ stars

Overall Rating– 3½ stars


VNS Creations Disposable Vomit Bag

This bag is actually made of paper but coated with a special leak-resistant polyethylene layer, making it waterproof but less sturdy than its competitors.

These hold up to 2L and feature a simple metal-tab closure system. 

Durability– 2 stars 

Simplicity– 4 stars 

Volume– 5 stars

Security– 2 stars

Overall Rating– 3 stars


Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag

While those listed above are serviceable options, our money is on the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag. It’s not just a bag; it’s actually a bag developed using the same technology as the original WAG Bag.  

WAG (short for “waste alleviation and gelling”) Bags are a convenient, portable, and sanitary solution when you need to contain waste.  

These go far beyond just holding waste. Each bag’s gel-activated technology instantly gels liquid for easy disposal in any normal trash bin.

These bags hold 20 oz of liquid and they’re triple-lined, making them odorless and puncture-proof! Plus, not only do they seal up tight for disposal, these bags can be reopened and resealed if the urge strikes again. No need for a new bag as the contents will re-gel any additional vomit. 

Durability– 5 stars 

Simplicity– 5 stars 

Volume– 4 stars

Security– 5 stars

Overall Rating– 4½ stars


The Choice is Clear

When one of your customers is about to be sick, you want to do everything possible to avoid a messy, smelly leak. This is why Brief Relief’s Liquid Waste Bags are the clear choice. Not all bags are created equal, and quality matters when you’re toting around “delicate” material.  

Brief Relief doesn’t just have a near-perfect satisfaction rate. We’re an industry leader in the innovation of safe, convenient products that allow users to manage waste in a dignified, reliable, and environmentally-friendly way … and all our bags are made in the USA

To learn more about how Brief Relief’s waste bags are providing superior, more sanitary solutions for all, check out our full product line here.


It’s no secret that we depend on the ease of at-home delivery services, especially since COVID darkened our doors. These days, we rely on package delivery services more than ever

Drivers already face the almost impossible challenge of quickly delivering every single package on their trucks during a shift, but you may not realize how incredibly unsafe being a delivery driver can be!

Drivers have to contend with threats ranging from unsecured dogs to actual gun violence, all while just trying to do their job and stay on schedule. So what are some of the ways your company can help keep drivers safe en route?


Hazards Faced by Delivery Drivers

For one whose entire job takes place in a moving vehicle, there is the obvious risk of auto accidents. Here are some ways you can help protect your drivers on the road.

  • Teach employees defensive driving. This could be as simple as implementing a safety handbook or as involved as offering your delivery drivers defensive driving courses as part of their training. You can even purchase online courses from The National Safety Council.
  • Invest in route-optimization software. From planning more efficient routes to step-by-step directions, these types of programs keep drivers focused on the road.
  • Properly maintain your delivery vehicles. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2 percent of crashes can be attributed to mechanical issues. The most common culprits are tires, brakes, steering, transmission, suspension, and engine issues. 
  • Adopt company policies that prioritize safety. Establishing actions that are unacceptable while driving such as speeding, texting, and working under the influence.
  • Don’t penalize drivers who fall behind schedule due to circumstances they can’t control. This will cut down on speeding or reckless driving when a driver is attempting to make up lost time, which increases the risk of accidents. 


The Risk of Violence

The threat of violence against delivery drivers is up. In fact, last spring, almost 2,000 drivers signed a petition calling for stricter safety measures after several drivers were actually shot at!

While you as an employer can do your best to protect on-the-job drivers by installing cameras and panic buttons in delivery vehicles, much of what happens during a shift is largely out of your hands. 

Here are some tips to share with your drivers: 

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Pay attention while you’re traveling between stops in case you’re being followed by other vehicles.
  • Watch where you park. Be sure to park in safe, well-lit areas at night. You can also use your headlights to light the path to the door. 
  • Know where you’re going. Familiarize yourself with the route. Idling when you’re lost or stopping for directions puts you at risk of carjacking.
  • Lock up when you can. If you’re going to be away from your truck for more than a few seconds, lock the vehicle and carry the keys.
  • Don’t stop if it seems unsafe. While you can’t predict when nature will call, you should never take a bathroom break in an area that doesn’t seem safe. Carrying sanitary, portable toilet solutions like the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag will allow you to take necessary bathroom breaks without leaving the safety of your vehicle. It holds up to 20 oz of liquid and is ideal for all drivers, no matter their gender.


Workplace safety is of the utmost importance, and the world of package delivery services is certainly no exception. And what better way to increase productivity than to have a convenient, fast solution that cuts down on the possibility of lost time, product, fuel, or the drivers’ risk of an incident?

At Brief Relief, we truly care about the safety of delivery drivers. We’re also an industry leader in the innovation of safe, convenient products that allow users to manage waste in a dignified, reliable, and environmentally-friendly way

To learn more about how Brief Relief’s waste bags are providing safer, more sanitary solutions for all, check out our full product line.


If you’ve ever been on a remote job site or had to use the restroom while working miles away from the nearest service station, we’re sure you’ll agree that Porta Potties are a ubiquitous portable toilet solution.

Unfortunately, many workers find having to use them so unpleasant, they’ll actually hold it in to avoid using one. Everyone knows that putting off using the restroom is hazardous to your health, but what are the alternatives?

What if we told you there’s a better way? What if there was a cleaner, more sanitary (and way less smelly) way to provide portable toilets for your employees in the field


Introducing Portable Commodes

What’s a portable commode? We’re so glad you asked! Portable commodes are easy-to-transport systems, usually consisting of a privacy tent, receptacle, and toilet seat. But what really makes them a preferable alternative to a Porta Potty is that they’re used in conjunction with a waste bag.

Waste bags are a convenient and sanitary solution when you need to go on the go. 

  • Each bag is filled with a powder that gels and solidifies waste
  • The powder also acts as a decay catalyst, using natural enzymes to break down waste and neutralize odor and bacteria
  • And unlike Porta Potties, each bag can be sealed up tightly and safely disposed of after use!

Need more convincing? We’ve rated both Porta Potties and portable commodes across several categories to help you decide which system is right for your next event. 


Round 1: Cleanliness

Let’s not beat around the bush; Porta Potties are gross. People are in such a hurry to get in and out that aiming is no longer a priority. 

Throw some carelessly-placed toilet paper into the mix, and it’s just a stinky, soggy disaster. If you’re lucky, there might be a hand sanitizer pump inside. If you’re really lucky, it won’t be empty.

With portable commodes, there’s no mess, no spillage, and no smell. The polymers and enzymes in the waste bag turn the waste into a deodorized gel, eliminating any residual odor. Each portable waste bag even comes with ample toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes.


Cleanliness Score:

Porta Potty – 1/10 

Portable Commode – 8/10


Round 2: Portability

How easily can you transport Porta Potties to remote locations? Because of the height and weight of a standard Porta Potty, they have to be delivered and carted away on trucks. Some of the heavier ones even require a crane!

With portable commodes, like the Brief Relief Lavatory System, all you need is a flat surface to set up the privacy tent. Place the commode inside, line it with a portable waste bag, and you’re in business! 

Plus, since they’re super lightweight and compact, you can throw it in your trunk and avoid the hassle of truck delivery and removal.


Portability Score:

Porta Potty – 2/10 

Portable Commode – 10/10


Round 3: Cost

On average, it costs around $100 per day to rent a single Porta Potty. Want the convenient extras like mirrors, purse shelves, and hand sanitizers? It can cost thousands of dollars to accommodate a large crowd, and that’s just for one day!

The Brief Relief Lavatory System costs less than $300. It comes with a privacy tent, a commode with a full-sized seat, and enough supplies for ten people for one day. The tent and commode can last for years when cared for properly, and replacement supplies are around $200 for a pack of 50.

Cost Score: 

Porta Potty – 2/10

Portable Commode – 7/10


Round 4: The Stink Factor

I mean, this one kind of speaks for itself. While Porta Potties do make an effort to minimize unpleasant smells (you’ve seen that blue cocktail of chemicals working hard down there), they’re still literally just tiny houses full of gallons of waste. There’s no way around it. The stench of a Porta Potty is otherworldly.

A portable commode, however, doesn’t actually store any waste. You simply seal up the waste bag and dispose of it in any trash receptacle! And before that happens, the powder in the bag eliminates bacteria and odor.


Stink Factor Score:

Porta Potty – 1/10

Portable Commode – 10/10


Round 5: Maintenance

Servicing Porta Potties has been described as one of the worst jobs in the world. As we mentioned above, Porta Potties hold gallons of waste, and they’re typically only emptied when they’re close to overflowing. 

Once filled, a crew comes in to stick a vacuum pipe into the bin and suck its contents into a tanker truck for treatment and disposal. It’s an intense, risky job.

With the Brief Relief Lavatory System, there’s minimal cleanup involved. The bags contain all the hazardous waste and are disposed of after they’re used. Simply sanitize your seat and at most, give the privacy tent a quick hose rinse. No muss, no fuss.


Maintenance Score: 

Porta Potty – 2/10

Portable Commode – 9/10


Portable Lavatories Are the Clear Winner

It’s pretty clear portable commodes are the cleaner, simpler, and more cost-effective solution for a healthier, happier environment for your workers.

We should know. Brief Relief doesn’t just have a near-perfect satisfaction rate. We’re an industry leader in the innovation of safe, convenient products that allow users to manage waste in a dignified, reliable, and environmentally-friendly way.

Our solutions are perfect for anyone who needs more sanitary, functional, portable answers. No matter where life takes you, Brief Relief goes where you go. To learn more, check out our full portable commode line.

It’s a simple fact that people love the convenience of at-home delivery services, especially since the dawn of the pandemic. These days, we’re relying more and more on delivery services

Drivers already face enormous challenges when it comes to delivering every single package on their trucks during their shifts. Still, most people probably aren’t aware of the most annoying, uncomfortable, and unhealthy challenge of all: needing to find a bathroom while out on their route.


Why Not Just Stop Along the Delivery Route?

Everyone knows that holding it in isn’t just annoying, it’s also incredibly unhealthy! You may be thinking, “Why don’t drivers just stop when they need to use the restroom?” Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple.

It’s common for delivery drivers to work long, grueling shifts since most delivery service providers don’t allow drivers to return with any undelivered packages from their routes. Drivers have to hustle to unload all of their deliveries during a single shift

Furthermore, most drivers are tracked and timed! Any time a driver’s stop clocks in at more than a few minutes, their employer gets a notification, leading to drivers being chastised and, in some extreme cases, sent home for “wasting time” by going to the bathroom.


Where Does One Go?

So where does that leave drivers when nature calls? While they may catch a lucky break with a delivery to a convenient office lobby or coffee shop, more often than not, drivers are forced to make due with makeshift toilet solutions while on the go

We’ve heard of all kinds of workarounds — plastic bottles, cleaning wipe containers, and even small trash cans in a pinch. These options are simply irritating and unsanitary, especially for female drivers!


WAG Bag®s Are the Solution

Never fear, WAG (short for “waste alleviation and gelling”) Bag®s are the safest, most reliable solution for delivery drivers.


WAG Bag®s are a convenient, portable, and sanitary solution when you need to go on the go. Each bag is filled with a powder that gels and solidifies waste while neutralizing bacteria and odor.

  • These double-lined, zipper-sealed bags are made of durable, puncture-resistant materials.
  • The outer lining has a secure zip-top that creates an airtight seal when closed.
  • When you’re finished, you can simply toss them into any trash can


And WAG Bag®s are for everyone! Included in Brief Relief’s huge range of sanitary, portable toilet solutions is the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag. This mighty bag holds up to 20 oz of liquid and is ideal for all drivers, whatever their gender.


The WAG Bag® has truly been an overlooked need by many organizations, and it’s one that can help drivers complete their routes without risking their health and comfort.

Trust us, our sister company, Cleanwaste, is the creator of the original WAG Bag®, and years of research went into forming the safety, reliability, and durability of our bags. Brief Relief doesn’t just have a near-perfect satisfaction rate. We’re an industry leader in the innovation of safe, convenient products that allow users to manage waste in a dignified, reliable, and environmentally-friendly way … and all our bags are made in the USA

To learn more about how Brief Relief’s waste bags are providing safer, more sanitary solutions for all, check out our full product line.


When it comes to employee safety and sanitation across the construction, utility, and mining industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prides itself in making sure employers walk a straight line. So, don’t just guess at OSHA’s regulations for restrooms (hefty fine, anyone?). Instead, let us share them with you. We’ll even provide you with an easy solution at the end to make sure you’re OSHA compliant.


What You Need For Restrooms to Be OSHA Compliant

To stay compliant, make sure you check all the following boxes:

Minimum Number of Facilities

Toilets have to be provided for employees according to the following numbers:


Number of employees Minimum number of facilities (separate for each sex)
Less than 20 1
Over 20 1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per 40 workers
Over 200 1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per 50 workers


And if these numbers weren’t vague enough, OSHA goes on to say that “employers must provide an adequate number of restrooms for the size of the workforce to prevent long lines.” 


As you’re very well aware, restroom needs depend on a variety of factors, including fluid intake, medical conditions, medications, air temperature, and more.


For example, during cooler months, you could get away with the minimum number of facilities at the job site. But during warmer months, you may need to double that number as your employees will likely consume more liquids to stay hydrated. (Speaking of which, if you’re looking for the best way to protect outdoor workers in extreme heat, look no further.)


And when it comes to mine safety, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires surface coal mine operators to provide at least one approved sanitary toilet at a location that’s convenient to each surface work site. They also require one additional approved sanitary toilet for each 10 miners working at a location. 


Good Sanitation Standards 

OSHA also requires job site restrooms to be in sanitary condition. Employers should provide:


  • Hot and cold running water (or lukewarm water)
  • A cleansing agent, like hand soap 
  • Warm air blowers or individual hand towels (e.g., paper or cloth) 
  • Trash cans for disposal of hand towels and feminine hygiene products


And, of course, we need to mention cleanliness, as in how often the portable restrooms are cleaned.


While there are no set rules, OSHA requires employers to “regularly” evaluate toilet conditions and set routine servicing schedules for cleaning, waste removal, and supply replenishment. (The servicing scheduling should account for the number of on-site toilets, workers, and shifts.) 


Also, keep in mind that these are the minimum restroom requirements set forth by OSHA. Be a decent human. Go above and beyond to make sure your workers’ restroom experience is as enjoyable as possible. 


Immediately Available Restrooms

Also according to OSHA, employers with mobile workers must provide readily available transportation that provides prompt access (i.e., less than 10 minutes) to restrooms if they are not available at the work location.


Again with the ambiguity, we know.


But as an employer, this restroom requirement actually does benefit you as well because it cuts down on what we like to call “rolling costs.” 


Think about it: Do your employees have to use a company vehicle to travel to a bathroom from the job site or construction site? How much gas is used every trip? How many extra miles is that putting on the vehicle, adding to maintenance costs? 


When you consider all those related expenses, your employees’ hourly cost can easily quadruple, if not more.


Provided with Reasonable Restrictions

OSHA also requires that you avoid imposing “unreasonable restrictions” on restroom use, such as those that cause extended delays or limit restroom use—i.e., locking the doors and requiring the employees to ask and sign out a key.


Important note: This still means you as an employer need reasonable restrictions on access to toilet facilities. Whether considered reasonable or not will be up to the discretion of OSHA’s compliance officer if a citation should ever be issued. 


OSHA evaluates restrictions on a case-by-case basis, giving careful consideration to the nature of the restriction (i.e., how long workers have to delay restroom breaks) and employers’ explanations. 


[Psst—If you feel like nerding out over the exact implications of this requirement, here’s OSHA’s reference number: §1910.141(c)(1)(i). You’re welcome.]


How to Meet All Restroom Requirements for OSHA Compliance

We’d be doing you an injustice not mentioning Brief Relief’s line of products here. (Shameless plug to follow.)


Consider the Brief Relief Lavatory System to be your OSHA-compliant, full-service bathroom solution for mobile crew members. It comes with a privacy shelter, commode, full-sized seat, and supply of single-use Disposa-John waste bags. 


To use it, an employee simply sets up the privacy shelter, places the commode inside, and lines it with a Disposa-John waste bag. When they do their doody, the chemical compounds inside the waste bag convert the liquid and solid wastes into an odorless gel. When finished, the employee simply removes the waste bag and seals it closed. 




And because Brief Relief waste bags are non-toxic and landfill-safe, they can be thrown away in any regular trash can. 


Storage is effortless as well. Workers can set up the Brief Relief Lavatory System and fold it away in a carry case in a matter of minutes.


No more bacteria-infested, smelly porta-potties. No more hours of wasted time and money trying to get to and from the restroom sites. No more privacy issues for team members. We created a solution that successfully tackles OSHA’s restroom requirements and common portable toilet problems. 


To browse the complete line of Brief Relief products for your workers, visit our shop.

From tending to a facility that’s lost power from a blown transformer to repairing an electrical malfunction in a residential home, going to the bathroom should be the least of an electrician’s worries. Yet it’s one that can cause the most hubbub.


Which is why the best tools for electricians have nothing to do with the job itself, but everything to do with their bodily needs.


The Benefits of Having a Portable Bathroom Solution in Electricians’ Tool Kits


Storing a privacy tent, portable commode, and waste bags in your electricians’ service vehicle benefits them as much as it does you.


They Cut the Cost of Bathroom Breaks

When electricians need to leave a job to find a bathroom, their days become longer. And not only that, but when you add up all the time lost to bathroom breaks that require them to leave the job site in search of a running toilet, you realize how many service call opportunities may have been missed. 


To paint the picture a bit more clearly, let’s break the potty numbers down.


Imagine an electrician makes a 20-minute bathroom run three times a day. That’s an hour per day, or five hours per week, lost to restroom breaks. And if the average hourly wage of an electrician is $25 per hour, you’re losing approximately $6,250 a year due to toilet visits (assuming they work 50 weeks a year).


And that’s just the cost associated with wages.


You also need to consider “rolling costs.” Think: Do they ever have to travel to a bathroom? How much gas is used for every trip? How many extra miles is that putting on the company vehicle, adding to maintenance costs? 


(For the complete panorama on cost breakdown, check out our savings calculator.)


They’re Sanitary

Norovirus, hepatitis A, and salmonella are just a few viruses and bacteria found in public restrooms—on toilets and other surfaces. (Gross!)


We understand that public restroom cleanliness isn’t always top-of-mind, especially when the need to go feels like life or death. But if you were able to provide a portable restroom solution that’s not festering with illness-causing pathogens, wouldn’t you? 


Introducing: Brief Relief products.


Brief Relief offers a line of portable bathroom products fit for any off-site technician or electrician work, including commodes, liquid and solid waste bags, and privacy shelters.


The portable waste bags are OSHA-compliant, odor-free, puncture-resistant, and spill-proof. Once properly sealed, the enzymes inside the bags neutralize the waste by breaking it down into simple salts and water. 


They’re also landfill safe, meaning you can throw them away in any regular trash bin. Plus, each bag comes with toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes.


They’re Lightweight and Easy to Set Up

All of Brief Relief’s personal-lavatory systems are lightweight and set up within seconds.


For example, the Briefcase Commode weighs only seven pounds and transforms from a convenient carrying case to a fully functional portable bathroom in a few seconds.


Here’s how:


1. Pull out each leg until it snaps into place.

2. Press thumb tabs to remove the lid.

3. Unfold the waste bag.

4. Set the waste bag inside the commode.

5. Do your business as usual. (The seat holds the waste bag in place. Alternatively, the waste bag can cover the seat to keep the seat clean.)

6. After use, lift the bag with the attached draw straps. Holding the straps together, slide the liner closed and tie straps. Tuck the liner inside the foil bag and firmly seal the zip-top.

7. Throw away the used bag in any trash. (Unlike most chemical toilets and Porta Potties, Brief Relief’s solid waste disposal bags are landfill safe.)

They’re Private and Can Be Used Year-Round 

We get it. Using the client’s bathroom isn’t the most ideal, but when nature calls, nature calls. And public restrooms aren’t always nearby.


With commodes and their accompanying privacy shelters, there will always be a bathroom within each.


Like the commodes, the privacy shelters set up and break down easily, coming with a carry case that makes storing it in the service vehicle easy.


Full sun out? Raining cats and dogs? No problem! Brief Relief’s gray privacy shelters have opaque gray fabric that offers full privacy whenever the other kind of nature calls, no matter the weather.


The Portable Bathroom Solution for Electricians’ Tool Kits Is Here


Whether you’re looking to cut the cost of bathroom breaks, keep things more sanitary, or offer electricians a more private bathroom solution, Brief Relief has just what you need. Check out the full line of products for your team today. 


Fire Fighters walking through a forest fire

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But First, How Do Firefighters Normally Go to the Bathroom?

Firefighters are generally encouraged to go to the bathroom whenever they have the chance, so they can hold it when they’re on call. Many also find themselves monitoring their food and beverage intake throughout the day to minimize the possibility of needing to relieve themselves at inconvenient moments. 


When nature calls en route to an emergency or when they’re already on the scene, a firefighter is left with few options other than waiting until an opportunity presents itself. This might mean slipping into a nearby business, ducking behind a tree—or even taking advantage of the facilities in an actual burning building (true story).   


(And if you wonder whether wearing adult diapers is an option, forget about it. It’s impractical to wear them on a daily basis, and more than a few firefighters just choose to go in their turnout gear when all other options are exhausted.)


The men and women bravely fighting wildfires often face even greater challenges when it comes to finding bathroom facilities.  


It’s not uncommon for wildland firefighters to work 16 hours straight with just an occasional five-minute reprieve to eat throughout the day. For these professions, potty breaks are very few and far between. 


To say firefighting is a job that can deprive its workers of even the most basic bathroom access is an understatement.


Why Portable Bathrooms Are the Way to Go for Wildland Firefighters 

Brief Relief offers a variety of sanitary portable bathroom solutions that should be a part of every firefighter’s supplies. Here’s why: 


Brief Relief Bathroom Products Work for All Types of Waste

The Disposa-John Portable Restroom is Brief Relief’s waste bag solution for both liquid and solid wastes. It boasts a thick, 3-layer barrier “bag-in-bag” design that comes with multiple closures to seal in waste and odor. It contains the same patented materials as the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag, which breaks down wastes and converts them into a deodorized gel. 


For extra sanitation, the Disposa-John Portable Restroom comes with an antimicrobial wipe and toilet paper. You simply throw any used toilet paper, wipes, and even feminine hygiene products straight into the bag. Seal it up, and store it away until you reach a trash receptacle.


Talk about handy.


They’re Lightweight and Portable

Depending on how far wildland firefighters need to walk or how much they have to accomplish that day, their fireline pack can weigh up to 40 pounds, if not more. 


The beauty of Brief Relief’s Liquid Waste Bags and Disposa-John Portable Restrooms is that each bag weighs mere ounces. Plus, they fold flat for easy storage. This means firefighters can easily slip them into their pack, without worrying about extra weight. (Trust us when we say every extra pound matters!) 


Brief Relief also has a line of portable, lightweight commode systems that can be set up in all terrains, perfect for storage in vehicles for use pre-departure and upon return:


  • The Briefcase Commode can be set up in seconds and is the same height and size as a standard toilet. It supports up to 500 pounds.
  • Porta-Quick Utility Pack is also the standard height of a toilet seat and comes with a set of waste bags. It supports up to 300 pounds.


They’re Female Firefighter-Friendly

Female firefighters have even fewer options to relieve themselves than their male counterparts. (We get it—discreetly emptying your bladder into a Gatorade bottle off somewhere in the woods isn’t quite as simple.) 


Brief Relief portable bathroom products make the “going” experience much more inclusive.


We designed the Brief Relief Disposable Urinal Bags with all genders in mind. The splash-proof funnel opening directs liquid to the bottom of the pouch, where it’s instantly converted into a deodorizer gel. And thanks to its sturdy design, the bags are puncture-proof and odor-safe. (The last thing you need to worry about while fighting fires is cleaning up a smelly mess in your pack at the end of the day.) 


What more could you ask for?


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How Truck Fleets Can Reduce Fuel Costs

As of summer 2022, the average cost nationwide for a gallon of diesel fuel is $5.28—$2 higher than this time last year. In some states, like California, the price hike is even higher, with diesel prices reaching an average of $6.40 a gallon. 

For owner-operators and others who foot the bill, this equates to $600 more spent every time a driver fills up, assuming 300-gallon fuel tanks. (We’ll let you do the math and multiply that by the number of trucks in your fleet…)

We understand that cutting costs is top priority these days. Here’s a roundup of practical ways fleets can reduce fuel costs and combat rising fuel prices.


Optimize Routes

Improving your drivers’ routes can reduce time spent in traffic, stops at stoplights, and miles driven—all of which conserve fuel. 

One of the best (and perhaps obvious) ways to optimize routes is by using a GPS vehicle tracking solution. They’ve proven to help fleets reduce fuel costs by up to 25% and total miles driven by up to 10%.

Plus, depending on the tracking system, some allow you to track how much fuel each truck uses in gallons or dollars, as well as coach drivers or recommend engine tune-ups. 


Reduce Out-of-the-Way Stops

When nature calls, it doesn’t check for optimal stopping points first. Depending on your truck drivers’ routes, finding a convenient place for bathroom breaks can be a challenge. 

Instead of driving miles out of the way or sitting uncomfortably until the next on-route stop, drivers can find comfortable, convenient relief by using the Brief Relief portable Briefcase Commode. It’s compact, easy to store, and quick to set up. 

Paired with the Brief Relief Privacy Shelter, the Briefcase Commode allows truck drivers to “take care of business,” no matter where your company’s business may take them. 


Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure

When not properly inflated, tires flex more under load. This produces heat and increases rolling resistance. (We didn’t say it—the US Environmental Protection Agency did!) Also according to the EPA, for every 10 pounds per square inch (PSI) below the recommended air pressure level, underinflated tires reduce truck fuel economy up to 1%.  

In layman’s terms: your fleets are wasting fuel with underinflated tires.

The solution? Install tire maintenance management systems to ensure drivers and maintenance personnel check tire pressure frequently. (Doing this electronically and automating it makes things even easier). 


Watch the A/C 

In addition to record gas prices, record heat is in the books for this summer. That means increased A/C usage.

While fuel consumption in semi trucks using A/C hasn’t been widely studied, it’s known that in cars, A/C can increase fuel consumption up to 20% due to the extra load on the engine.

Rolling the windows down and using portable fans can only help so much. A cooling towel like Heat Relief gives drivers an additional way to beat the heat. They’re lightweight, versatile, and use the latest hyper-evaporative technology that allows wearers to find reprieve from hot weather while on the go. 


Cut Down on Idling

Leaving a truck idling leads to a whole slew of problems.

For starters, when a truck idles, it burns through a gallon of fuel an hour—all while covering no distance. This decreases overall fuel economy by 1%. Translation: Profit loss.

Idling also accelerates engine wear and tear (as seen by warranties applying to “hours operated” instead of “miles traveled.”) Translation: Unnecessary maintenance costs.

And to put the cherry on top, rest-period idling results in emission of about 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, 55,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 400 tons of particulate matter annually. And that’s just in the United States alone. Translation: Environmental costs. 

While there’s no standard solution to reduce truck idling, here are a couple that could work for you.

Introduce a company-wide policy change, using a fleet management system that logs idle time and notifies drivers of when they’re reaching the recommended limit.

Or install Automatic Engine Start/Stop (AESS) systems on your fleet. As the name suggests, they can automatically stop a truck’s engine if it’s left unattended for a certain period of time.


The Ultimate Key to Reducing Fuel Costs? Be Mindful and Proactive

Unfortunately, you can’t stop rising fuel prices, nor can you abruptly halt trucking operations. But you can intentionally decide which measures to take to save on fuel this summer—and going forward.

We covered just a handful of ways to reduce fuel costs. But what’s the best way? Whatever works for your drivers and fleets and you can stay accountable to. (After all, there’s no use installing the latest technology, only for it to collect “dust” on the dashboard, going largely unnoticed after the novelty wears off…)

Start with one method. When your drivers have mastered it, move onto the next. 

Baby steps and consistency will get you to where you want to be: less overhead, more profits. 

At Brief Relief, we’re in the business of offering comfort and relief for all mobile workers—whether that’s providing privacy through our travel lavatory systems or a respite from heat through our cooling towels. Contact us today to learn more about our suite of products and how we can serve your team.