American Innotek's Brief Relief line is designed for the mobile workforce and provides sanitation solutions for the disposal of liquid and solid human waste.
Those working in the utilities and telecom industries, police or emergency services, construction or the military are just a few examples of entities that benefit from Brief Relief's products.
The Brief Relief line — which consists of two basic products, Brief Relief for liquid waste and the Disposa-John® for solid and liquid waste — reduces corporate liability and enhances work site health and safety.
The Brief Relief Disposable Urinal Bag provides a safe and convenient alternative when nature calls. The bags can be used by both men and women. Our proprietary blend of naturally bioactive polymers and enzymes instantly transforms urine into a deodorized gel. The funnel design and one-way valve prevent accidental spills.
Designed with military standards in mind, Brief Relief even comes complete with a high quality antibacterial towelette for clean up after use.
Safe for disposal in any trash receptacle, Brief Relief answers the age old question - Where do you go... when you've got to go... but there's no where to go?
Criminal Penalties and Consequences
Penalties for a California misdemeanor may include any or all of the following: incarceration in county jail (for up to a year), payment of a fine, and community service. Penalties are more severe if you’ve been convicted of prior offenses. Whatever the penalty, you’ll have a criminal record that may haunt you later, when you try to get a job, rent an apartment, or get a professional license. Most importantly, conviction of the state's indecent exposure statute results in having to register as a sex offender, which can be devastating.
Violations of local ordinances are generally punishable by fines and/or community service. Fines vary widely from county to county; a typical ordinance might specify a fine of $50 to $500, depending on the circumstances.
So Many Uses
When you’re working in remote areas, doing important and sometimes dangerous work, Brief Relief isn’t a luxury … it’s a necessity. There isn’t always a working bathroom nearby. And sometimes those port-a-potties have gone unserviced or are pretty far away. Here’s a sampling of industries in which our products are used.
Power, water and sewer companies. Whether setting up solar power in a new facility or laying pipe in a remote area, your workers can always have a bathroom at hand.
Ever see that sign “Last restroom for 46 miles”? The Brief Relief bags can be kept in a glove box, and the rest of the equipment doesn’t take up much space either.
Police, First Aid and Fire
Emergencies happen all the time. That’s the line of work you’re in. And you can never tell when the call you’re on is going to end.
Miners, forestry workers and anyone else who spends long hours in the great outdoors should always have our products nearby since bathrooms probably aren’t nearby.
Whether 43 floors up or deep in a basement, when nature calls, you have to answer. Instead of stopping work for an hour or more in order to find a proper restroom, why not carry one with you?
Military and Aviation
Few spend longer times out in the field than the military. For long deployments and long flights, take our products with you so that finding a bathroom is one less thing you have to worry about.
Perfect for any circumstance
Count on our unique products to ensure the safety and productivity of your work crews. We service more than 300 utilities and all four branches of the U.S. military. Brief Relief is safe and sanitary and is the best choice when local facilities are unavailable.
Sometimes, tearing down and resetting the worksite is just too time consuming. It is in these situations that Brief Relief comes to the rescue.
We’ve all heard stories of employees using the great outdoors or unsanitary containers. This is not only unsafe and inappropriate, but also illegal. Even “holding it” can lead to medical issues, such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones and incontinence, as well as work-related injuries due to the distraction caused by trying to hurry up a job.
Plan A should always be to use a proper restroom. But facilities aren’t always available. That’s when Brief Relief becomes a very necessary Plan B. The Brief Relief is a single-use, disposable urinal bag. Inside is a patented blend of polymers and enzymes that convert urine into a deodorized gel that’s approved for disposal in any garbage container. There are several other packages that include the bag as well as other equipment to provide privacy and other amenities.
• Eliminates health and safety risks
• Allows workers to concentrate on their jobs
• Increases morale and productivity
• Minimizes downtime, making the job more efficient
• Eliminates legal issues created by employees relieving themselves where they shouldn’t
• Is cheaper than renting portable bathrooms
Brief Relief Product Features:
• Designed for ease of use by both men and women
• Large antibacterial wipe included for safe and sanitary use
• Wide collar and unique fold out, locking handle
• Our special blend of polymers and enzymes deodorizes and transforms waste into gel
• 3 mil thick plastic bag for sturdiness and prevention of bacteria transmission
• Snap lock closure assures strong final seal to guard against spills or leaks
• Small enough to fit in your pocket or vehicle glove box
• Trash-container safe urinal bags meet state, federal E.P.A and provincial disposal requirements
• Convenient and easy to use
• 10 Urinal Bags included
7 Step Implementation Training
This is designed to assist you with the process of implementing our Brief Relief™ line of disposable, portable lavatory systems. With input from organizations such as yours, we have outlined for you what we feel to be the 7 key steps to a successful product implementation. We have added helpful suggestions as to who should be involved and why. Be sure to utilize important documentation such as State and Provincial Environmental approval letters, samples of introductory memos, technical bulletins and payroll stuffers during your implementation.
1. Management Endorsement/Announcement
Implementation should begin with a letter/bulletin/memo from management that announces the reason why the products were approved and their importance to operations. These bulletins are best if they come from someone in a senior Operations role, secondly from someone in Health & Safety. Additional endorsements may also come from your companies Human Resources and Environmental departments. At the very least some mention of the environmental and personal benefits should be made in the memo.
Other procedures that will need to be considered are product standardization and material coding.
2. Union Endorsement
A simple statement that recognizes the value of Brief Relief to the membership with the disclaimer that its use is not intended to replace scheduled rest breaks. We can assist you in introducing the products to the Union membership and educating them on the benefits the products offer.
3. Corporate Policy Statement
A directive from HR that reinforces management’s endorsement by establishing a policy for outside work crews “when faced with the need to relieve oneself in situations where no restrooms are available on the work site, employees should close and secure the work site to find nearby facilities, but if these are not available or if leaving the site is not feasible, employees should make use of the disposable lavatory bags provided by the company”.
4. Brief Relief™ included on the Safety Check List
Without Brief Relief™ readily available when these situations arise, employees are required to either leave the job site (not always possible) or make a bad decision (hold it, use a cup or a can and empty it in the street, or use the great outdoors). Brief Relief™ should be on the Safety Checklist, just in case it’s needed.
Each vehicle used for outside work crews should have a couple of Brief Relief™ in the glove box for easy access.
5. Safety Meeting/Tailgates
This critical element in the process is designed to introduce the product and the corporate policy regarding the issue of relieving oneself on the job site when no other facilities are available.
Emphasis must be made regarding the following:
The use of Brief Relief™ is to be used in situations where restroom facilities are not readily available. The best solution (and your company policy) is to leave the work site and find nearby facilities. The health and safety hazards, environmental impacts, legal issues arising from indecent exposure and negative corporate image concerns that result from the old habits of dealing with this issue. A demonstration of the gel process is also required to inform users that Brief Relief™ is more that just a “bag of urine” but rather a safe and sanitary containment pouch that protects the worker’s (and the environment) health and safety.
6. Safety/Policy Reminders
As with safety glasses, hard hats, seat belts and other items of employee safety, it is important that reminders of using products are posted in the work area. The posters and stickers that we provide are designed to reinforce using Brief Relief™ as the positive alternative.
7. Store Room Supervisor/Line Supervisor Support
A key to creating a lasting habit of using Brief Relief™ as an alternative to other less acceptable solutions is to have the store room supervisor occasionally ask the crews if they have Brief Relief™ on their vehicle and if not to pass it out. Especially during the first 6 months after introduction, it is important that line supervisors take the time to mention Brief Relief™, the issue and the company policy every 4 to 6 weeks at routine tailgates or safety meetings.
You may require a copy of a disposal approval letter to be on file with your Safety, Human Resources or Environmental department. Samples of approvals are listed below. If your State is not listed, please call us to get a copy for your State.