The Risks of Using Non-Compliant Fresh & Green Inserts in Urinals
In the realm of waterless and flushing urinals, the use of appropriate, compliant products is crucial for optimal performance and adherence to standards. Unfortunately, the use of non-approved inserts like Fresh & Green, distributed by Alsco in Australia, raises significant concerns for users of ZeroFlush and other urinal brands.
Understanding the Fresh & Green Product
Origin and Distribution: Fresh & Green is marketed under the brand of Whiffaway, a manufacturer of biological cartridges and cleaning products. Despite its availability, it’s essential to recognise its limitations and lack of approvals.
Compliance and Warranty Concerns with Fresh & Green
Immediate Impact on WaterMark Approval and Warranty: The use of Fresh & Green inserts in ZeroFlush urinals immediately voids the product’s WaterMark certification and negates ZeroFlush’s standard 5-year warranty.
The Inferior Quality of Fresh & Green
Lack of WaterMark Approval and Manufacturer Endorsement: Fresh & Green inserts do not have WaterMark approval, a critical accreditation in Australia, nor do they have approval from urinal manufacturers for installation in their products.
The Consequences of Using Non-Approved Inserts
Issues with Odour and Sewer Connection: The installation of Fresh & Green results in poor sealing and the emission of unpleasant odours, often leading to mistaken blame on the urinal manufacturers.
Legal Implications of Installing Non-Compliant Products
Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 Violations: Using products like Fresh & Green that lack WaterMark approval is not just a matter of poor performance but also a legal issue, potentially resulting in significant financial penalties under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.
Real-World Evidence of Poor Performance
Case Study: Odour Issues and Build-Up Problems: Photos and field reports show the inefficacy of Fresh & Green inserts in maintaining hygiene and odour control, leading to significant maintenance issues.
The Importance of Choosing Genuine, Approved Parts
Adherence to Australian Standards and Regulations: Only genuine parts that have passed rigorous testing and have WaterMark approval should be used in urinals to ensure compliance with ATS 5200.459 and the Plumbing Code of Australia.
The Liability of Building Owners
Risk of Civil Claims and Health Hazards: Building owners who opt for non-approved products risk civil claims due to health hazards caused by escaping sewer gases.
ZeroFlush’s Commitment to Compliance and Safety
Our Obligation to Report Non-Compliance: As part of our commitment to upholding standards and ensuring the safety and efficacy of urinal systems, ZeroFlush is legally obliged to report any instances of non-compliant product installation.
Gary Mays, born and educated in Auckland, New Zealand, has called the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, home since 1986. He currently holds the position of Executive Director for both Whywait Plumbing Pty Ltd and Aquatemp Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd, showcasing his multifaceted expertise in the industry. Gary is a licensed plumber in Queensland and New South Wales, with an impressive international business background, including operations in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore. Renowned for his ardent passion for plumbing, water conservation, sustainability, education and small business, Gary’s voice is frequently sought after in the press, radio, and television, where he offers insightful opinions on current news items. His extensive experience and steadfast dedication to his professional career make him a respected figure in the field, reflecting his commitment to local and global ecological causes.